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Optimizing Offsets

Dave Elam | September 7, 2023


Carbon offsets are generated when an organization develops a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction or avoidance project. They allow organizations to compensate for, or offset, their own GHG emissions by supporting these projects or activities that remove GHG emissions elsewhere. This article discusses how project managers can ensure that the offsets their organization secures will support their climate strategies and are valid and credible. Doing so will allow organizations to optimize their investments and align investments with their climate strategy.

This article appears in the September 2023 issue of EM Magazine, a copyrighted publication of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA;

David Elam

David Elam has spent 30 years in the environmental management field, primarily in the air quality area. Dave serves as a Project Director in TRC’s Air Measurement Services (AMS) practice where he is responsible for regulatory analysis and project direction. He attended Auburn University where he received a BS in Microbiology and an MS in Chemistry. He holds credentials as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE), and a Project Management Professional (PMP). Dave can be reached at 919.622.1846 or

Optimizing Offsets

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