The Climate Trust Seeks Candidates to Fill Two Open Board of Directors Roles

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Nonprofit begins active recruitment to expand board expertise

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We are looking for candidates who would further strengthen our board’s breadth of talent and background, particularly in the areas of investment fund management and impact or institutional fund raising.

The Climate Trust (The Trust), a mission-driven nonprofit that specializes in mobilizing conservation finance, is actively seeking candidates for two open seats on its enterprising Board of Directors. Professionals with a clean technology or clean energy background will be given priority for the two open seats, which are also slated for membership on The Trust’s Oregon Offset Committee. Oregon residence and/or close ties to the state’s business community are preferred.

Qualified candidates may express their interest through The Trust’s abbreviated online application process. Applications submitted prior to May 31, 2017 will be given priority for the two open board seats, however, submissions for non-Oregon Offset Committee board seats will be accepted on a rolling basis for the remainder of the year.

The Climate Trust’s Board of Directors is governed with the assistance of business leaders that have agreed to provide meaningful advisory services to oversee the organization’s programs and activities—each member sits on one or more specialized committees. The Oregon Offset Committee oversees activities that fulfill The Trust’s statutory obligations under the Oregon Carbon Dioxide Standard, the nation’s first legislation to curb carbon dioxide emissions. Other committees include the Risk, Finance, Executive, and Compensation Committees.

The composition of the Oregon Offset Committee is specified by the Oregon Carbon Dioxide Standard legislation, with three members selected by the environmental community, three nominated by the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council, and a single member elected by the regulated power generators.

The Trust is actively seeking board candidates that are committed to the mission of the organization, and are willing to devote time and energy towards its achievement. The Trust recently launched a first-of-its-kind investment fund to provide upfront capital to carbon projects in the U.S.; aiming to demonstrate that financial performance can be tied directly to verified environmental performance. In order to bolster the leadership expertise behind the investment fund, board candidates with skills in the following areas are highly desired.

  •     Investment fund management
  •     Impact/institutional fund raising
  •     Employment law
  •     Carbon/climate policy
  •     Organization development
  •     Foundation/PRI
  •     Media and brand building

“We are looking for candidates who would further strengthen our board’s breadth of talent and background, particularly in the areas of investment fund management and impact or institutional fund raising,” said Sean Penrith, Executive Director for The Climate Trust. “Adding expertise in these areas would make an important and positive impact on our business as our strategy grows and evolves.”

All board members are expected to serve the best interest of The Trust and its affiliates with attendance at quarterly meetings, participation in at least one subcommittee, and a minimum board term of three years. The Board’s primary responsibilities are to ensure sound business decisions, fiscal responsibility, operational success, and to act as a positive communications agent generating new opportunities for the organization.

New board members will join The Trust at an exciting time, as the organization works to finalize their financial commitments to qualified projects—effectively deploying the first $5.5 million tranche of capital via their pilot investment fund.


Building upon a legacy of innovation and leadership in the carbon market, The Climate Trust mobilizes conservation finance to maximize environmental returns. We value air, water and soil through the development, purchase and sale of qualified offsets and a relentless investment in people and projects with environmental purpose | | @climatetrust |

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