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Nicole Sullivan

Nicole Sullivan

Director of Climate Services

Nicole is the Director of Climate Services for CarbonBetter, with twelve years of environmental and sustainability experience.

As an Environmental Engineer, Nicole has an extensive background in environmental and sustainability consulting, and voluntary and mandatory air quality and greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting. Over the last ten years, she has provided strategic consulting services within a range of industry sectors, including petrochemical, oil and gas, railroad, and manufacturing.

Her GHG reporting experience includes supporting multiple confidential oil and gas majors and assets in the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry segments in complying with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) mandatory GHG reporting requirements, while simultaneously supporting corporate and voluntary GHG reporting efforts and helping clients to evaluate GHG reduction opportunities. She also has experience selecting and implementing GHG metrics software applications, including Enablon and Cority.

Her experience with energy management includes conducting energy assessments in accordance with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 50001 energy management standard, and the EPA’s Boiler Maximum Available Control Technology (Boiler MACT) requirements. She has completed energy baselines and full energy assessments, performing calculations to quantify energy savings and return on investment analyses of proposed energy savings opportunities.

Nicole also has experience with climate protocol development. She supported the US National Park Service in developing desert spring sampling protocols to annually monitor springs in the Chihuahuan and Sonoran deserts and determine the impacts of climate change on spring systems. This included protocols to integrate weather monitoring systems into existing sampling plans to identify correlations between weather patterns and animal populations in desert areas near the United States and Mexico border in Arizona.

Nicole holds a MS in Environmental Engineering and a BS in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. She is originally from Georgia and enjoys spending her free time outdoors: playing tennis, swimming in Barton Springs, and exploring hiking and mountain biking trails throughout Texas.

Recent Posts from Nicole Sullivan

Why Is It So Hard to Buy Carbon Credits?
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Why Is It So Hard to Buy Carbon Credits?

Navigating the carbon market can be unnecessarily complex and opaque without the right support. Here's why.

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Fierce Whiskers Launches World’s First Carbon-Negative Bourbon
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Fierce Whiskers Launches World’s First Carbon-Negative Bourbon

The Austin distillery Fierce Whiskers is releasing 257 carbon-negative bottles of Five O’Clock Shadow from Barrel #47 in a limited release.

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Phlogiston Phase I N2O Abatement
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Phlogiston Phase I N2O Abatement

Included in CBCO 22-1, Phlogiston Phase I project was designed to destroy N2O byproducts during the nylon manufacturing process so the GHG is not emitted into the atmosphere. Co-benefits of the project include reduced N2O pollution and GHG emissions into the atmosphere as well as overall improved air and water pollution and ozone recovery.

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Sustainability Reporting White Paper
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Sustainability Reporting White Paper

Sustainability reporting serves as a valuable tool to achieve corporate commitments and better manage climate-related business risks. This white paper walks you through what's typically included and what should be considered.

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What is the Carbon Market? Podcast with Nicole Sullivan
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What is the Carbon Market? Podcast with Nicole Sullivan

Last month our very own Nicole Sullivan, Director of Climate Services at CarbonBetter, joined Joe Batir of the Energy Transition Solutions podcast for an hour-long conversation about the carbon markets. Listen now or read the highlights.

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Edition #14 | Environment Forward
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Edition #14 | Environment Forward

Welcome to Edition 14 of Environment Forward. In this edition, we’re looking at podcasts, nature sounds, private jets, and climate legislation.

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Raura Hydro Electric Power Project
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Raura Hydro Electric Power Project

The MW Raura Hydro Project provides clean energy to northern India by harnessing renewable electricity from a small, run-of-river hydroelectric power plant, minimizing both the overall environmental impact of the dam and the amount of fossil fuels needed to supply the regional grid.

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A Primer on Hydroelectric Power
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A Primer on Hydroelectric Power

As a renewable, low-carbon source of energy with many co-benefits, hydropower has the potential to be an important part of the energy transition and the carbon offset market. Here are some pros and cons of hydroelectric power.

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Carbon Offset Registries: An Overview
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Carbon Offset Registries: An Overview

An overview of the role carbon offset registries play in the carbon market, and why they matter.

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Edition #13 | Environment Forward
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Edition #13 | Environment Forward

Welcome to Edition 13 of Environment Forward. In this edition, we’re looking at climate-driven disease, Gmail's carbon footprint, agrivoltaics, and a plastic ban in Canada.

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Important Considerations for Carbon Offset Vintages
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Important Considerations for Carbon Offset Vintages

Understanding carbon offset vintages is important for choosing the right offsets.

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BeatBox Sustainability Report
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BeatBox Sustainability Report

Beatbox Beverages is the fastest-selling ready-to-drink cocktail and wine brand in the United States—and they're on the path to becoming the most sustainable, too.

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A Primer on Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)
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A Primer on Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)

Is renewable natural gas an ideal alternative fuel for a carbon-neutral future?

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Edition #12 | Environment Forward
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Edition #12 | Environment Forward

Welcome to Edition 12 of Environment Forward. In this edition, we’re looking at renewable energy records, plastic eating worms, regenerative agriculture, and recycling solar panels.

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Plastic Waste Challenges
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Plastic Waste Challenges

Plastic use creates a double-edged problem of reliance on fossil fuels and mountains of trash. What's the solution?

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What does it mean to be carbon-free? | Change the Conversation
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What does it mean to be carbon-free? | Change the Conversation

I champion anyone working to reduce their carbon impacts. But what does it mean to be carbon-free?

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Edition #11 | Environment Forward
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Edition #11 | Environment Forward

Welcome to Edition 11 of Environment Forward. Come explore lab-grown leather, the decline of lichens, blockchain for farmers, and plastic recycling.

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Earth Day Austin 2022 Impacts Report
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Earth Day Austin 2022 Impacts Report

Our goal for this day of climate action is to show that small steps by many add up to a big positive impact.

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Edition #10 | Environment Forward
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Edition #10 | Environment Forward

Welcome to Edition 10 of Environment Forward. In this edition, we’re looking at everything from toothpaste tubes to pints of Guinness with some TikTok thrown in.

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Meet Nicole, Director of Climate Services
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Meet Nicole, Director of Climate Services

Meet Nicole, CarbonBetter's Climate Services manager. She joined our team to launch our climate practice and she tirelessly and expertly helps companies navigate the complexities of sustainability and decarbonization.

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Edition #9 | Environment Forward
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Edition #9 | Environment Forward

Welcome to Edition 9 of Environment Forward – we’re only a month into 2022 and there has been no shortage of climate news. Here at CarbonBetter, we’re actively preparing to speak at SXSW here in Austin on March 16, 2022, but in the meantime, I’ve been doing a lot of reading.

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Your First Sustainability Report
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Your First Sustainability Report

What's next once you have a plan to do your first sustainability report? The right reporting partner will help you gather data, prioritize calculations, and ensure accuracy.

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Edition #8 | Environment Forward
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Edition #8 | Environment Forward

Welcome to Edition 8 of Environment Forward and the first of 2022! In this edition we look back at extreme weather in 2021, share some EV humor, ponder some thoughtful ESG questions, and explore how to spot greenwashing.

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Edition #7 | Environment Forward
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Edition #7 | Environment Forward

Happiest of holidays to our team, clients, and friends! In this 7th edition of Environment Forward, we explore quick charge batteries, cargo ship kites, hemp concrete, and pop music.

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Edition #6 | Environment Forward
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Edition #6 | Environment Forward

In this 6th Edition of Environment Forward we're exploring both innovations and challenges when it comes to food sustainability.

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Zero Waste vs 1% Better
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Zero Waste vs 1% Better

The challenge of "zero waste" should not stop us from trying. Most people don't realize how powerful aiming for just 1% improvement can be.

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Edition #5 | Environment Forward
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Edition #5 | Environment Forward

Happy Thanksgiving week, friends. Welcome to the 5th Edition of Environment Forward. In this edition, we explore regenerative turkeys, COP26 outcomes, shopping, and trash cleanup.

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Edition #4 | Environment Forward
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Edition #4 | Environment Forward

Welcome to the 4th Edition of Environment Forward. In this edition, we explore what's happening at COP26, missing seafood, reducing our waste, and some good climate news.

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Provision Retail Energy Case Study
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Provision Retail Energy Case Study

Provision helps customers make a positive environmental impact through certified CarbonBetter energy plans that include 100% clean energy and planting trees. Learn more about this innovative business model in this case study.

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Edition #3 | Environment Forward
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Edition #3 | Environment Forward

Welcome to the 3rd Edition of Environment Forward. In this edition, we explore decarbonized Google searches, regenerated fashion, climate tech, and electric vehicle trends.

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Edition #2 | Environment Forward
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Edition #2 | Environment Forward

Welcome to the 2nd Edition of Environment Forward. Here are the things that I've been reading (and watching) over the last couple of weeks that have left me feeling both motivated and inspired.

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Edition #1 | Environment Forward
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Edition #1 | Environment Forward

In this new bi-weekly series called Environment Forward, Climate Services Manager Nicole Sullivan shares her perspective on news she's following in the ever-changing and fast-paced world of sustainability.

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Fierce Whiskers Distillery Case Study
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Fierce Whiskers Distillery Case Study

Fierce Whiskers is a minority-owned American bourbon distillery, focused on quality and sustainability from grain to glass. They’ve been CarbonBetter since day one by considering the impact of decisions from brand development to construction to grain sourcing and beyond.

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An Old Church Gets a New Life as CarbonBetter HQ
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An Old Church Gets a New Life as CarbonBetter HQ

While repurposing an old building was an important start on our path to create a lower impact headquarters, we also made significant efforts to reduce our impact, including salvaged wood desks and using the original foundation.

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OKO Forests Agroforestry Case Study
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OKO Forests Agroforestry Case Study

OKO Forests is located in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. OKO began as a reforestation project, creating a buffer zone adjacent to the Kogyae Strict Nature Reserve (KSNR). The project protects and enhances biodiversity while creating sustainability socioeconomic benefits from nearby communities.

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