Carbon emissions reduction with TNC

Conservation in Practice with The Nature Conservancy

Using the Conservation Standards to reduce carbon emissions
by TNC

Dan Salzer, the Director of Sustainability at The Nature Conservancy (TNC), leads a groundbreaking sustainability program that focuses on tracking carbon emissions, setting science-based reduction targets, and inspiring actions to combat climate change. Through transparent reporting and the use of the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation, Dan ensures that TNC sets an example for others to follow by crunching carbon footprint data and collaborating with TNC’s staff in 72 countries. The primary objective of this program is to support local sustainability efforts and guide TNC in reducing its carbon footprint.

Dan is an advocate of the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation, which encapsulates the best practices in conservation planning, measures, and learning from diverse organizations. 

“I’m using the Standards to transparently convey the theories of change for our sustainability program, to link our actions to our desired results, and to track and report on the progress we are achieving using Miradi Share. All 4,000 staff can easily browse our work plan and look at online dashboards to see what the sustainability team is up to, the progress we’re making, and where we’re encountering any issues and how we are overcoming them.” Says Salzer.

He appreciates the integrated package of guidance, tools, and coaching support that the Open Standards offer. Dan leverages these standards to transparently convey the theories of change behind TNC’s sustainability program, link actions to desired results, and track progress using Miradi Share.

Dan encourages organizations already familiar with the Open Standards to explore the capabilities of Miradi Share. The tool simplifies progress tracking, enables swift updates, and enhances collaboration. By embracing Miradi Share, conservation practitioners can effectively communicate their strategies, monitor activities, and achieve greater transparency and impact in their work.

By utilizing the Open Standards and Miradi Share, TNC sets an inspiring example for other organizations striving to tackle climate change. Through these collaborative efforts, we can collectively work towards a sustainable future.

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The Conservation Standards is the product of inputs, field tests, and discussions among members of the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP), which has final editorial authority over the Conservation Standards. Substantial input was also provided by members of the Conservation Coaches Network (CCNet) and other CMP partners.

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A library of vetted resources designed to help teams understand and effectively use the Conservation Standards. Includes guides, case studies, journal articles, and more.

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The biodiversity conservation community is tackling large, complex, and urgent environmental problems where the stakes are high. However, we don’t have a fully functional system to assess the effectiveness of our actions. Without more rigorous measurement of effectiveness and disciplined recording of our efforts, we cannot know or demonstrate that we are achieving desired results.

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