Date: Sunday, April 23, 2006
Speaker: Randall Tolpinrud , M.A., is the founding president of Pax Natura and Bosque Lluvioso Foundations.
He is the author of Healthy Home Consumer Guide for Utah and Timeless Wisdom. He is an instructor with the State of Utah, Division of Real Estate, where he teaches a course on “Healthy Home Environments,” and at Salt Lake Community College where he teaches “Introduction to Philosophy.” Mr. Tolpinrud is also the president of Groupwest Properties, a corporation that develops “green” communities, and the co-chair of the Design Committee of “Utah House,” a sustainable home design, in conjunction with Utah State University.
Where Kyoto falls short, Pax Natura, Jane Goodall, the University of Utah and Costa Rica hope to fill the gap.
“Utah-based Pax Natura Foundation purchased a rainforest preserve and ecotourist facility in Costa Rica, in 1996 and donated it back to the Costa Rican National Biodiversity Institute (INBio). Pax Natura, INBio, the Costa Rican government and the Jane Goodall Institute have formed a partnership to establish a sustainable economic foundation to preserve and expand this rainforest in perpetuity (Bosque Lluvioso). Now, the University of Utah and Salt Lake City have entered into negotiations with Pax Natura and INBio to establish a private carbon sequestration agreement utilizing the Bosque Lluvioso rainforest preserve as a CO2 offset to University of Utah emissions. This agreement will exceed Kyoto protocols and demonstrate the trading of carbon credits world-wide. This presentation will focus on the success of the Bosque Lluvioso project in Costa Rica and how, as part of Costa Rican national forest reforms, the rate of the destruction of the rainforest in Costa Rica has been curtailed.”