The Offset Project

"Our focus is to reduce carbon emissions by bringing communities in the Monterey area together, through education and grassroots initiatives"



Executive Director and Founder  


Kristin founded The Offset Project in 2007 with the vision of creating sustainable programs that would engage and inspire the local community. Since that time, The Offset Project has granted over $15,000 to local community groups and brought thousands of volunteers to local events to build education around sustainability.  She has received three environmental awards from the Monterey County Business Council and Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce, and created California’s first local community carbon fund, the Monterey Bay Carbon Fund. 

Kristin sits on the steering committee for the Monterey Bay Region Climate Action Compact, United States Green Building Council - Monterey Bay Chapter, and the County's Integrated Waste Task Force Committee. She is currently earning her LEED accreditation and serves as a facilitator for the Council for Responsible Sports. She also serves on the Pacific Grove Library Advisory Board  to the City Council. 

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Chosen as one of the "25 for the Next 25" by the Monterey County Weekly


Director of Sustainability Programs


Abbie Beane joined The Offset Project in 2010 and is now leading all sustainability programs as well as spearheading commercial waste reduction initiatives in the Monterey Bay area. She holds a masters degree in international environmental policy and sustainable business and development from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and is a 2004 graduate of Middlebury College. Abbie also contributes to the Product Stewardship Institute, which collaborates with businesses and local governments to formulate extended producer responsibility legislation for toxic products and packaging. Abbie serves on the Monterey Food Scrap Resource Recovery Coalition and on the Carmel River Watershed Conservancy board.



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 Program Liaison, Monterey Bay Carbon Fund


Brennen Jensen joins The Offset Project with over a decade of experience conceiving and implementing strategic environmental and community-based programs and initiatives that inspire action, change behavior, foster an appreciation for nature, encourage the adoption of conservation best practices, and serve to effectively address some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges of our time.

Brennen is the recipient of the California Department of Conservation Comprehensive Recycling Community Award for her work transforming special event recycling in the Monterey Bay Area, an alumna of Bioneers Cultivating Woman’s Leadership Training, and served at the helm of the statewide Energy Upgrade California implementation team uniting, surpassing in the first quarter the results achieved by the California Solar Initiative in its first year. A background in government, private and non-profit organizations, Brennen has a passion for building collaborative partnerships, drawing on a cooperative facilitative approach that seeks to find creative solutions to complex problems, while expanding localized opportunities for greenhouse gas emissions reductions throughout our region.

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 Environmental Outreach Coordinator


Shannon Wall is currently a Senior at CSU of Monterey Bay majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Communities.  She worked for the Environmental Affairs Committee on campus and now holds a position with The Offset Project working on business outreach, waste assessments and program support for the County of Monterey. "Helping the environment and the people in it is my passion. I'm very grateful to finally officially be a part of the team with The Offset Project!"





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