Community of Practice

The US Community of Practice consists of five thematic Working Groups designed to collaborate, discuss, innovate and catalyze around key issues, practices and initiatives. Members of the Working Groups include diverse stakeholders from across the US pledge community. The Working Group meetings are a dynamic hub for capacity building, knowledge sharing, seeding new innovations, catalyzing partnerships and collaboration.

The members of each Working Group meet through regular virtual meetings for ongoing technical and policy dialogues, collaborative strategy alignment and communications planning. This allows for stakeholders and practitioners from the pledge community to roll up their sleeves and get some dirt under their fingernails – learning, sharing and providing thought leadership on cross-cutting issues across the US Chapter ambitious mandate and beyond.

How to join the Community of Practice: To be a participant of a working group, you must make a pledge to the US Chapter. If you are interested in joining some sessions prior to making your pledge to get a better understanding of the value, please reach out and we can arrange for you to join a few meetings.

Carbon Finance Working Group

Carbon markets are a valuable tool to further the goal of conserving, restoring and growing one trillion trees by 2030. The members of the Carbon Finance Working Group explore and engage on the extraordinarily complex and technical topic of carbon finance and carbon markets.

Examples of challenges this group will explore:

  • What are the best practices for carbon accounting and how do the different carbon accounting methodologies compare?
  • How do we navigate turbulence through a rapidly advancing voluntary carbon market space?
  • Can the US Community align on a common set of principles or best practices to dispel common misconceptions of carbon markets?
  • Are there new and emerging monitoring reporting and verification (MRV) technologies that the community can utilize?

Forest Policy Working Group

The Forest Policy Working Group coordinates the efforts of US members to explore, investigate, and advance policies from the local to international levels of government. This includes highlighting best practices and collaborating on policy papers.

Examples of challenges this group will explore:

  • What are key areas of impact the US Community can have to advance important policies and legislation?
  • What corporate and social responsibility do companies have to align with federal forest policy commitments?
  • Are there ways for corporations to leverage their policy teams to integrate forests as a nature-based climate solution in their advocate?

International Forests Working Group

Led in collaboration with USAID, the International Forests Working Group aims to align the US Community to advance the trillion tree goal abroad in an informed, equitable, sustainable and ecologically-sound way.

Examples of challenges this group will explore:

  • What are the key needs and opportunities for international forests to scale restoration?
  • How can US pledges come together to highlight US-based leadership for international forests while centering Indigenous People and local communities?
  • What are best practices and lessons learned from US-based corporations investing in restoration projects internationally?
  • Are there effective reforestation techniques being used abroad that can be replicated in the US—or vice versa?
  • How can we plan for and response to major international policy events with a united and cohesive message?

Reforestation Working Group

The Reforestation Working Group coordinates the efforts of US members to explore the best practices, legacy, innovations, needs and opportunities within the scope of reforestation.

Examples of challenges this group will explore:

  • What are key examples of private-public partnerships that can be replicated by the community to scale restoration efforts?
  • How can we address supply challenges in the seed-to-forest pipeline to ensure long-term growth of US forests?
  • What are the regional biodiversity loss threats that are most at jeopardy in the near-term future?

Urban & Community Forests Working Group

The Urban & Community Forests Working Group will coordinate the efforts of US members to explore the topic and advance activities within the urban and community-based context. Using knowledge of the social and economic legacies of urban environments and scientific tools, this Working Group shapes the next phases of community development with the goal of using natural climate solutions.