Voices of the Gulf
Sarah Mack: Restoration is Good Business
Environmental firm measures the value of restored wetlands.
Business and community leaders in the Gulf clearly recognize the important link between a healthy environment and a thriving, resilient economy. Here is one example of a leader working to make a difference in the Gulf.
Dr. Sarah Mack is President and CEO of Tierra Resources LLC, a New Orleans, LA-based environmental consulting firm that solves complex wetland preservation and restoration issues through science-based analyses and projects. Tierra Resources, with funding by Entergy Corporation, developed the first methodology for creating and monetizing carbon offset credits from a broad range of wetland restoration activities, which has been certified by the American Carbon Registry (ACR).Dr. Mack led the development of the methodology, along with co-authors John Day and Robert Lane from Louisiana State University.
"The State of Louisiana has some of the fastest rates of wetland loss in the world. The Louisiana coast is losing wetlands at a rate of one football field every hour which amounts to about 24 square miles being lost each year. However, using market-based solutions, we can work to reverse this disturbing trend."
"Blue carbon—the carbon stored in mangroves, seagrass, and wetlands—has tremendous potential not only to offset greenhouse gas emissions but also to finance and expedite the restoration projects we so urgently need. Additionally, blue carbon finance can provide numerous other benefits, including creating jobs, offering protection from flooding, and providing habitat for fish and wildlife."