Barb Bamberger


Ms. Bamberger is the lead staff on the U.S. Forest and Urban Forest Protocols and is a core staff of the Cap-and-Trade program at the California Air Resources Board. She has been with ARB since the inception of the Climate Change Branch in 2008. Barbara works daily with other ARB staff, management, offset project operators, offset registries, verification bodies and other agencies to provide guidance on regulatory implementation of forest carbon issues generally and of the U.S. Forest Compliance Offset Protocol specifically. Her work includes regulatory updates of the forest offset protocol, developing guidance tools for verifiers and project operators, auditing forest verification bodies, and maintaining the most up-to-date science and research on issues that could affect accuracy, permanence, and additionality as part of forest carbon accounting, Prior to ARB, Ms. Bamberger served as staff scientist and manager for AECOM-EDAW implementing studies on the sociocultural impacts of oil and gas development on Alaska Native communities and on federal-local technical dialogue (U.S. Minerals Management Service). She was Program Associate for the Yale Program on Forest Certification at Yale University’s School of Forestry and completed her Master’s thesis while at Woods Hole Research Center, working with remote sensing and GIS analyzing indigenous parks and deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. From 1991-1997 Barbara represented the City of Chula Vista as lead staff on the first EPA-funded team of cities developing municipal climate action plans; these efforts became the basis for climate planning at the municipal level across the U.S. The plan produced by that City, as a result, has been a cornerstone of their energy planning ever since adoption. Barbara holds Masters’ degrees from the Yale School of Forestry and Brandeis University’ Sustainable International Development programs. She holds a bachelor of science from the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, MA
Current Position:
Forest Offset Staff Lead
California Air Resources Board
Energy & Climate Change
Environmental Justice
Currently Working On:
Climate Change policy, implementing California's Cap and Trade program
1117 38th Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
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