Carolyn Ching

Title: Manager, Sustainable Landscapes
Joined VCS: 2010
Languages spoken:Cantonese (working)
Lives: Washington, D.C.

Carolyn Ching is a manager on the Sustainable Landscapes team, where she focuses on research and policy development for land-based initiatives at VCS. She is responsible for leading the development of a new framework to monitor and assess sustainable outcomes of agricultural production at the landscape-scale to support and incentivize the transformation towards landscape-wide sustainable production models. She is also managing the development of sector-specific methodologies to quantify GHG emission reduction from policies and actions. Finally, Carolyn provides technical input to support the ongoing management and implementation of the VCS program as it relates to agriculture, forestry and other land uses (AFOLU).

Carolyn’s previous responsibilities at VCS include managing the development of new and revised policies under the VCS Program to reflect innovative and current best practices. She led the development of requirements to credit activities that reduce emissions by restoring degraded wetland ecosystems or avoiding the degradation of intact wetlands. Carolyn has also led collaborations with social and environmental standards, such as the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Alliance and SOCIALCARBON Standard, to develop coordinated processes for projects to more easily seek joint certification of both GHG and other non-carbon benefits. Other previous work includes maintaining the operations of the VCS Program, managing the review and approval of AFOLU methodologies, providing support to the VCS validation/verification bodies, and oversight of the VCS registry system.

Carolyn earned her Master’s in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Boston University.