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Effectively meeting the climate change challenge requires results-oriented planning, robust GHG forecasting and accounting, and programs designed to reduce GHG emissions across all sectors.

Climate Action Planning

Climate action planning has become a high priority across the spectrum of business, public sector and local government enterprises. Tierra helps clients characterize fuel use and carbon emissions from transportation, the built environment, industrial, and agricultural sectors. Our detailed energy and emissions forecasts provide a solid foundation for cost-effective roadmaps that achieve results. We excel at designing and implementing strategies to convert fossil fuel energy end uses and deploy clean energy use and generation across all customer sectors to meet GHG reduction targets. Our solutions-oriented climate action planning process recognizes the urgency of achieving transformational climate goals. Our extensive experience leads us to define the best technical, programmatic and economic scenarios that will significantly mitigate GHG emissions.

Corporate Sustainability and ESG Advisory Services

Tierra provides Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and sustainability advisory services to corporations, government entities, and utility clients operating across North America. We partner with our clients to develop and implement cost-effective, best-of-class, transformational sustainability strategies that can be integrated into each client’s unique operational structure. Our focus begins with data-driven assessments which are complemented by qualitative research using various evaluation, accounting, tracking, and reporting platforms. Our end goal is to deliver an actionable strategic roadmap that advances an organization’s ESG goals while improving overall economic performance. Click here for more details on Tierra’s approach.  For questions about our ESG services contact Mark Wilhelm, Tierra’s Director of Climate and Clean Energy.

Utility Carbon Management

Our utility clients are now setting progressive zero carbon emissions goals that align well with industry and national priorities for combatting climate change. We are partnering with clients to develop the strategies and programs needed to meet aggressive carbon reduction goals while simultaneously maintaining system reliability and keeping customer costs down. We leverage sophisticated data analysis and modeling tools to identify the resource value of demand-side and distributed resource initiatives from both a system and carbon perspective and make smart resource acquisition choices.

On-site Inventories

Effective carbon planning starts with a firm understanding of site level greenhouse gas emissions. We couple experienced site level data collection methods with extensive knowledge of carbon accounting rules, regulations, and reporting requirements. Our industry-accredited engineers and consultants leverage decades of experience to develop and verify greenhouse gas emissions inventories. We excel at integrating these inventories with energy planning and enterprise management tools to make them useful to decisionmakers throughout the organization.

Recent Tierra Sustainability Projects

Sustainability and Climate Change Advisory Services

Sustainability and Climate Change Advisory Services

Challenge: Mohawk College has long been a leader in sustainability education and practice in the Canadian higher education sector. In 2016 Mohawk leadership recognized the importance of more aggressively confronting climate change by: preparing students for jobs in...

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County Metrics Database

County Metrics Database

Challenge: Data about customers and communities is increasingly important as utilities and local governments work to meet their ambitious energy, equity, sustainability or economic development goals.  There are a myriad of data sets available but assembling these...

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Keys to Successful Passive House Implementation

Keys to Successful Passive House Implementation

Challenge: The CPUC tasked Tierra with 1) identifying national and international jurisdictions that had successfully developed an approach for achieving their carbon reduction and energy savings targets by incorporating Passive House (PH) international building...

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GHG Emissions Accounting and Verification

GHG Emissions Accounting and Verification

GHG Emissions Management Accreditations: Tierra Resource Consultants is an accredited Verification Body through the California ARB Mandatory GHG Reporting Regulations (MRR). The MRR is a verification standard that is recognized by CDP. Tierra staff have various...

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Strategic Electrification Roadmap

Strategic Electrification Roadmap

Challenge:In 2019, Central Coast Community Energy (3CE) was a new community choice aggregator (CCA) looking to begin building a portfolio of energy programs to meet their goals of decarbonization, providing the lowest possible billing rates to customers, and...

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California Low Carbon Grid Study

California Low Carbon Grid Study

Tierra Resource Consultants developed the forecast and production cost model for energy efficiency for the California 2030 Low Carbon Grid Study (LCGS).  This study explored opportunities to achieve a low carbon grid and discussed using three areas of initiative...

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Carbon based energy systems are significant contributors to the climate change dilemma, and the need to transform our energy systems to clean energy resources has never been more obvious. Tierra is committed to being part of the solution through our climate action work and our other energy services.

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Tierra’s principal staff members have been at the leading-edge of the energy efficiency, renewable energy, and distributed energy resources industry for the last three decades.

Over their extensive careers, our senior staff have served clients across the country including investor-owned and publicly-owned electric and gas utilities, municipal governments, government agencies, research institutions, and private sector firms. We conduct projects in virtually all customer sectors and end-use applications. 

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