About Climate Positive Michigan

Vision

We envision a future where it’s normal to be climate positive. People and organizations will take responsibility for, and clean up, their carbon trash just as they clean up their physical trash today.

Mission

We help Michigan households and businesses measure and offset their carbon pollution. In 2023, our mission is to help 100 of them become Climate Positive.

what does it mean to be

Climate Positive?

Becoming Climate Positive means signaling to the world that you’ve taken action to mitigate the impact of your lifestyle or business. It means that your environmental commitment goes beyond achieving just net-zero carbon emissions. You’ve opted to not just offset your carbon emissions and through Climate Positive Michigan (CPM) support additional carbon reductions and regenerative projects. Just like you have a phone bill or a trash bill, CPM members are cleaning up their carbon trash.

As a member of Climate Positive Michigan, you can proudly display your commitment to environmental stewardship in your front lawn with your yard sign, in your community through referrals, and at your business’ front door with a Climate Positive Michigan emblem.

Values

Fun

We enjoy playing the “infinite game.” Unlike many environmental groups, we don’t shame. We encourage.

Effective

We know simpler is often better, anything worth doing is worth doing right and Rome wasn’t built overnight.

Do The Right Thing

We practice intellectual and moral courage, standing up for the truth even if it costs us in the short run.

Transparent

We’re building a glass house, so we can grow trust and improve faster.

Learn Publicly

We’re nurturing a culture where each of us is a teacher and a student.

Developmental

We believe we’re all on a developmental journey and together we can grow our capacities.

Theory of Change

Concept #1: Circle of Concern vs Circle of Influence

The first concept we leverage is an insight from Stephen Covey. In his classic book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey describes the Circle of Concern and the Circle of Influence. Many are concerned about matters outside their control like recession or nuclear war. Focusing on issues like these can paralyze us with anxiety. But there are also things we can influence — like what media we allow into our minds and which people we spend time with. When we choose to focus on these issues, a funny thing happens. We achieve small successes. These create a sense of possibility. Then we achieve more successes. This creates a positive feedback loop and momentum. We become more confident. We remember our power to shape this world. Our Circle of Influence expands.

You can measure and neutralize your carbon pollution easily. Then your household. Then your organization. This creates a sense of possibility and momentum.

With this first concept in mind, let’s look at the big goal. The largest assembly of scientists in human history is called the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They say the entire world needs to be carbon neutral by 2050. This means reducing our emissions and balancing out whatever remains by removing them. Hence the term net-zero.

What We Do

All of us create carbon emissions when we drive, fly, heat our homes, etc. These emissions are heating our world. We need to reduce them, but how?

You’ve probably heard the saying, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” So the first step is to measure your carbon footprint.

Our nonprofit will help you do this for free.

Once you schedule your appointment, you’ll receive a list of questions on topics like:

Transportation

Electricity

Food

Home

Then you’ll speak with one of our experts for about fifteen minutes. They’ll use a carbon calculator developed by researchers at UC Berkeley to calculate your household’s carbon footprint.

Finally, you’ll receive a free, customized report for your household. It’ll explain how many tons of carbon emissions your household produces, where they come from, and how you can reduce these direct emissions.

What is a carbon footprint?

A carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) produced in a single year by a person or an organization. 

What does ‘climate positive’ mean?

A person’s carbon footprint can be offset so that their carbon impact is a net zero. Climate Positive means that a person or organization removes more carbon from the environment than they emit, or goes above in beyond supporting projects that might not measure to carbon but are beneficial to the bioregion.

How much does it cost to be carbon positive?

This depends on the lifestyle of you, your household, or organization. On average, it may cost around $20. To know for sure, book a carbon inventory to learn more about the carbon footprint of your lifestyle.  

When I donate how is the money used?

60% of your money directly supports carbon offset projects. 20% of your money is reinvested in local projects. 20% is used for overhead. 

How can I be sure that my donation is used effectively?

We conduct extensive due diligence on each project and only purchase offsets from the most established and respected carbon certification organizations.

Who created Climate Positive Michigan?

Climate Positive Michigan is a program of the Foundation for Regeneration. You can see our founders below. 

I have solar panels, an electric vehicle, or pay for renewable energy credits (RECs). Am I carbon positive?

Not likely. Recognition is due for the investments and actions you’ve already taken. However, most modern lifestyles emit more carbon than these actions reduce. 

How can I speak with someone at Carbon Positive Kansas City?

We’re happy to conduct a personalized carbon inventory for you. Click Measure Your Carbon Footprint to book a time with us. 

meet our amazing team

The Faces Behind our Success

We Couldn’t Do It Without Them

Evan B. Carr

Carbon Analyst

Brian Weinberg

Founder

Bob Berkebile

Advisor

Daniel Poynter

Carbon Analyst

Do you want to be Climate Positive?

Start by measuring your carbon footprint.