While I am unconvinced that carbon offsetting can play a significant role in mitigating climate change, there are offsetting programs in place that might be used productively. I've had an idea running through my head for a few years, but would like some feedback on it's viability. I think it might make a significant contribution to reducing energy use in this city.
The idea is to replace windows & patio doors in older rental apartments with cold climate LOW-E Windows. Governments, BC Hydro, etc only have projects for homeowners. Landlords have zero incentives to make efficiency improvements, and renters would be foolish to make the investment themselves.
I recently looked through the offsetters.ca website. They have a section where one can suggest projects to them. I'm not an expert at writing project proposals, so I'd love to meet with some people who would be able to assist and/or critique the idea. Given the 2nd class status of renters, the proposal may need to somehow mitigate that bias too.