Commitment to Action

A Carbon Neutral CGI through Win-Win Forest Projects

Commitment by

P.J. Simmons

In 2009, Maya Lin's What is Missing Foundation and partners committed to ensure that CGI met its commitment to offset 100 percent of its carbon footprint for both the 2009 and 2010 CGI Annual Meetings. To do so, they have identified and invested in two outstanding, certifiable 'win-win-win' forest protection projects in China and Nicaragua that help curb climate change, help protect biodiversity-rich ecosystems, and advance the wellbeing of local communities. The WIM Foundation also allocated part of the funding through grants to non-profit NGOs doing exemplary and highly replicable reforestation and reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) carbon offset projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Maya Lin continues to work to win additional support for selected projects as she builds her final memorial, 'What is Missing'-- a multi-site, multi-media tribute to vanished (and vanishing) parts of the natural world designed to inspire and empower people to take action.





A Carbon Neutral CGI through Win-Win Forest Projects



Est. Duration

1 year

Estimated Total Value



Latin America & Caribbean, Asia, Africa


BRAZIL, CHINA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, INDONESIA, KENYA, NICARAGUA, Tanzania

Commitment by

P.J. Simmons

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Clinton Global Initiative, What is Missing Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc., Betsy and Jesse Fink Foundation, The Moore Charitable Foundation