Gordon Smith

Seattle, WA

Gordon Smith, Ph.D. is the principal of Ecofor LLC, a firm that works with project developers, greenhouse gas emission offset buyers, and landowners to analyze proposed emission mitigation projects, implement projects, and trade resulting greenhouse gas emission offsets. This mitigation work builds on Dr. Smith's work developing cost-effective methods for measuring change in forest and soil carbon stocks, including analysis of the effects of sampling design on statistical variability of carbon measurements, and quantifying the greenhouse gas emission benefits of biomass energy projects. He has consulted to states, the federal government, and local entities on greenhouse gas emission mitigation policy. He has implemented projects under a variety of greenhouse gas accounting systems, and developed contracts and institutional arrangements to define and exchange greenhouse gas emission offsets.

Recent Publications by Gordon Smith


Greenhouse Gas and Air Pollutant Emissions of Alternatives for Woody Biomass Residues

Report for Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA)

Author(s): Lee, C.M. ; Erickson, P. ; Lazarus, M. ; Smith, G.
Year: 2011

Research Area(s): Bioenergy ; Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: This report provides a comprehensive accounting of greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions for 15 different ways to use or dispose of woody debris generated through forest practices in the Pacific Northwest. It looks at the life-cycle emissions produced by the two common disposal methods as well as 13 alternatives involving use of the residues as a soil amendment, for residential energy, for industrial energy, as industrial feedstock, and for liquid fuel. It is accompanied by a downloadable Woody Biomass Emissions Calculator (WBEC).
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Discounting Offsets: Issues and Options

SEI Working Paper WP-US-1005

Author(s): Kollmuss, A. ; Lazarus, M. ; Smith, G.
Year: 2010

Research Area(s): Emissions Trading & Offsets ; Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: This paper describes the different types of discounting, their objectives and their potential impacts on carbon markets. Discount factors can be used to strengthen the environmental integrity of offsets and to give preference to certain projects types or geographic regions. All discounting approaches face the difficulty of having to establish the right discount rate that is politically acceptable, maximizes benefits and minimizes negative effects. While discounting is no silver bullet - its potential pitfalls are significant - it should be considered by policy makers as a mechanism to address specific objectives, in particular to remedy perverse incentives and to maximize the environmental benefit of offset markets.
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Forestry, Agriculture, and Land Use Change Strategies for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Rhode Island

A Report to the Forestry Working Group of the Rhode Island Greenhouse Gas Process

Author(s): Lazarus, M. ; Smith, G.
Year: 2004

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy

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