Hunter Parks – Founder and Chairman
Founder and Chairman
Hunter Parks is the Founder and Chairman of Green Assets, Inc. He grew up in a North Carolina family passionate about promoting environmental stewardship, wildlife management and conservation values. After graduating from college, Hunter assumed responsibility for the management of his family’s properties in eastern North Carolina and Louisiana. In a short time, Hunter began working through state and federal programs to create revenue while achieving his goals of environmental protection. During the early 2000’s, Hunter developed a keen interest in the emergence of global carbon markets as a means to offset greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, he formed Green Assets in 2010 for the purpose of designing and implementing carbon offset projects for the newly established Air Resources Board in California. Since then, under Hunter’s leadership, Green Assets has become an industry leader in the development of carbon offset projects. Among many accomplishments, Green Assets was awarded the first-ever compliance-grade Avoided Conversion carbon offset credits in the United States in early 2015.
An internationally recognized expert in carbon offset credit programs and sustainable land management practices, Hunter is a speaker and frequent participant in industry conferences and workshops. He has been invited to participate in every United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting since 2010. In addition, he was invited to speak on a panel for the 2013 Carbon Expo in Barcelona and at the Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW 2015) conference in California.
Jeff Johnson – Director of Verification
Director of Verification
Jeff is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a lifelong resident of the state. As a member of a family who loved the outdoors, from a young age he was frequently hiking and camping. These early excursions later led to participation in the Boy Scouts of America, where he continued to foster an appreciation for the wilderness through whitewater rafting, backpacking, and mountain climbing, while going on to receive his Eagle Scout Award. A summer spent exploring the tropical forests of Hawaii further inspired Jeff to apply himself to conservation efforts, which he strives to achieve through his work with Green Assets. These efforts include analyzing current market data, staying up-to-date on policy dynamics, writing and publishing our quarterly Newsletters and ensuring effective organizational communication amongst the core team here at Green Assets.
Kaitlyn Costin – Director of Implementation
Director of Implementation
Kaitlyn is a native of Southeastern North Carolina where she grew up in a small farming community near Topsail Island. Her upbringing instilled in her a love for nature and, particularly, coastal environments. She has a passion for environmental issues and a strong commitment to sustainable initiatives. This passion influenced her academic career, leading her to earn a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Oceanography and a certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS) from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. As an undergrad, Kaitlyn studied abroad in Australia where her interests in forestry lead her to volunteer with Conservation Volunteers. Her efforts helped to restore native tree species in Australia through large-scale reforestation projects. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked as a Trawl Rationalization Technician with NOAA in Seattle, Washington. Kaitlyn continued her education, returning to UNC-W, where she earned a Master’s degree in Marine Science and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS) in 2015.
As Director of Implementation, Kaitlyn brings a strong GIS and spatial analysis skill set to the Green Assets Team. She is responsible for establishing, maintaining and implementing development plans for all of the company’s forest carbon offset projects.