Pledge by Cambium Carbon
15% of Profits for Trees ForeverTotal Trees Pledged: 10,000
Supporting actions: Data and Technological Tools, Forest Product Markets and Innovation, Workforce Development, Conservation Finance,
Cambium Carbon pledges to use at least 15 percent of profits generated by our business for planting trees in or near the communities we operate, forever. We estimate our contribution will amount to planting 10,000 trees by 2022. Our model is centered on building a circular economy for urban forest management. We work with cities and local stakeholders to up-cycle urban wood waste (eg. from trees felled by storm, pests, and development) to its highest and best use, reinvesting a portion of revenues into new tree planting and maintenance.
Over the past year we've worked with governments, arborists, NGOs, and millers in 8 US cities to develop new infrastructure and end markets for increasing urban wood utilization and diverting waste from disposal via landfill or chipping. Our goal is to create a sustainable waste-to-value revenue engine that fuels high-impact urban forest restoration, and reduces dependence on city budgets and philanthropic giving.
We work with local planting partners and national nonprofit organizations in our partner cities to create high-impact community planting projects.
Cambium Carbon’s work developing supply chains for urban wood utilization in North America supports the Trillion Tree Campaign in several ways. We are supporting forest product markets and innovation by developing technologies and tools that assist arborists, millers, and wood buyers by aggregating urban wood supply and establishing healthy supply chains. We commit to funding the best local tree planting projects we can find with revenue from local wood sales, and we support conservation finance by building services that make it easy and rewarding for others to do the same. Finally, we support workforce development goals by prioritizing community-supported and equity-forward local planting projects in our funding decisions.
We are creating a circular economy model to build the resilient urban forests the 21st century needs.
Cambium Carbon’s in-house urban forestry management and planning capacity allows us to prioritize projects that exhibit high technical and community-based standards. The nature of urban forestry means that the trees we plant and the outcome of our projects are highly visible to local communities, project sponsors, and the public at large. We welcome this additional scrutiny on the projects we are involved with and see it as an opportunity to continually improve internal decision-making and hold ourselves and others accountable for responsible impact measurement and project monitoring.