Shawn McMahon

Shawn McMahon

Vice President

Shawn McMahonMr. McMahon is the Vice President, Senior Manager, and Lead Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Validator/Verifier for Aster Global Environmental Solutions. He has over 19 years of experience in forestry, ecology, natural resource management, arboricultural, and GHG reduction/removal projects. Mr. McMahon specializes in GHG validations/ verifications, carbon sequestration project development, development/implementation of management plans for enhancement of carbon stocks, development of carbon and environmental asset tracking programs, arboricultural and biological assessments, land management, habitat assessments, endangered/threatened species surveys, and ecosystem services assessment/planning. He is a Certified Forester under the Society of American Foresters, Certified Lead Verifier for the Climate Action Reserve, Certified Lead Verifier for the CA Air Resources Board, and a Verified Carbon Standard AFOLU-Wetland Restoration and Conservation expert. Mr. McMahon is approved to conduct GHG validations and/or verification for the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), California Air Resources Board (ARB), Climate Action Reserve (CAR), American Carbon Registry (ACR), CarbonFix Standard (CFS), Pacific Carbon Trust (PCT), Natural Forest Standard (NFS), Plan Vivo, and Climate Community, and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) and has conducted 70+ GHG validations/ verifications of numerous carbon sequestration projects around the world.

Shawn's Resume

Education Level:

B.S. Forest Resource Management, University of Florida, 2000

Years of Experience: 19

Professional Affiliations:

  • Society of American Foresters
  • Ohio Forestry Association
  • International Society of Arboriculture

Certifications:

  • Verified Carbon Standard, WRC Expert
  • California Air Resources Board, Lead Verifier, Executive Order H2-16-164
  • Society of American Foresters, Certified Forester #4081
  • Climate Action Reserve (CAR), Forest and Urban Forest Project Lead Verifier
  • ISO 14001 Trained Lead Auditor
  • Verified Carbon Standard, REDD Expert
  • Verified Carbon Standard, IFM Expert

Mr. McMahon is responsible for team management, client coordination, and performance of senior technical project management, such as conducting third-party, independent GHG validations and verifications. Mr. McMahon also leads lectures and seminars throughout the United States regarding sustainable resource topics, forest carbon project development and verification.

GHG Validation and Verification Experience

Mr. McMahon has been conducting third-party validations and verification globally since 2007 and the company has been accredited by ANSI under the ISO 14065:2007 since March 2010. Due to strict confidentiality requirements associated with many of our current and past projects we are unable to discuss full details of projects; however, the following is a list by program of the past and current project validation/verification experiences. Mr. McMahon has been the Lead validator/verifier or senior team member on each of the following projects:

Specific Project Experience

American Carbon Registry ( ACR )
Lead AuditorGreenTrees, LLC Series GT and A-1 - ACR Verification – Arkansas
Lead AuditorGreenTrees ACRE (Advanced Carbon Restored Ecosystem) - ACR Validation/Verification, AR; 2011 Annual, 2012.2 and 2012.3 Annual, 2013 Annual, and 2015.1 Initial – Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana
Lead AuditorGreen Trees ACRE (Advanced Carbon Restored Ecosystem) - 2015.2 Initial and Annual Verification (2014-2015 Vintages)
Lead AuditorRestoration of Bottomland Hardwood Forests at National Wildlife Refuges in the South-Central US - ACR Verification, AR – Arkansas and Louisiana
Lead AuditorNitrous Oxide Reduction in Corn - ACR Validation/Verification, IFM – Michigan
Lead AuditorTierra Resources – ACR Pre-Validation (Luling Oxidation Pond Wetland Assimilation Carbon Project) – Louisiana
Lead AuditorBlandin Native American Hardwoods Conservation & Carbon Sequestration Project – Minnesota
Lead AuditorBear Creek Watershed Forest Carbon Project – Oregon
Lead AuditorEmission Reductions in California Rice Management – California
Lead AuditorRestoration of Coastal Wetland Forest in Louisiana - ACR Validation
California Air Resources Board (ARB)
Independent ReviewerGualala River - ARB Desktop Review 2013, IFM – California
Independent ReviewerBishop Improved Forest Management Project - ARB Verification, and Annual Review, IFM – Michigan
Lead AuditorThe Van Eck Forest - ARB Early Action, IFM – California
Independent ReviewerGreen Assets-Brookgreen Gardens Improved Forest Management Project - ARB Full Verification, IFM – South Carolina
Independent ReviewerYurok Tribe Sustainable Forest Project – 2011, 2012, and 2013 Vintages - ARB EA Review – California
Independent ReviewerMcCloud River - ARB EA Review, IFM – California
Lead AuditorVirginia Highlands, I - ARB Full Verification, IFM – New Hampshire
Independent ReviewerGoodman Forest LLC Improved Forest Management Project - ARB Verification, IFM – Wisconsin
Independent ReviewerWillits Woods - ARB EA Review for 2013, IFM – California
Independent ReviewerThe vanEck Forest - Reserve Verification/ ARB EA, IFM – California
Independent ReviewerWyoming Improved Forest Management Project - ARB full verification – West Virginia
Independent ReviewerGarcia River Forest - ARB Verification – California
Independent ReviewerGreen Assets -Lukens Avoided Conversion Project - Annual review
Lead AuditorGreen Assets - Milbury Avoided Conversion - ARB Verification – South Carolina
Independent ReviewerGualala River Forest - ARB Verification (CAR1099, CAFR5137)
Independent ReviewerLogan IFM Project - ARB Verification (CAR1205, CAFR5305)
Independent ReviewerGarcia River Forest Project - ARB Annual Verification
Lead AuditorWestern Rivers Forestry - Blue Creek Project - ARB Verification (RP2) – IFM
Lead AuditorGreen Assets - Milbury Avoided Conversion Project - ARB Verification (RP3)
Independent ReviewerGualala River Forest Project - ARB Verification -RP2
British Columbia (BC)
Lead AuditorQuadra Island Forestland Conservation – BC Conservation/Avoided Deforestation and Improved Forest Management Project Validation – British Columbia
CDP
AuditorWaste Management National Services Inc. - CDP Verification
Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX)
Lead Auditor / Auditor14 Verifications and Annual Reviews for projects located in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Brazil when program was in operation
Climate Action Reserve (Reserve)
Lead AuditorCuyamaca Rancho State Park Reforestation Project - Reforestation Verification – California
Lead AuditorVirginia Conservation Forestry Program-Clifton Farms - Verification, Annual Reviews (2012 and 2013), IFM – Virginia
Lead AuditorVirginia Conservation Forestry Program-Rich Mountain – Verification and Annual Review, IFM – Virginia
Lead AuditorFinite Carbon-The Forestland Group Champion Property – Initial Verification and Annual Verification, IFM – New York
Lead AuditorBlue Source-Francis Beidler Improved Forest Management Project, IFM – South Carolina
Lead AuditorFinite Carbon-Potlatch Moro Big Pine CE, IFM – Arkansas
Internal ReviewerVirginia Conservation Forestry Program: Tazewell-Elk Garden – Verification, IFM – Virginia
Lead AuditorFinite Carbon - Berry Summit – Verification, IFM – California
Lead AuditorBlue Source - Alligator River Avoided Conversion Project (CAR497) – Annual
Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA)
Lead AuditorThe International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Kenya, CCB-001 - CCB Validation/Verification - Small Scale Projects (2), AR – Kenya The International Small Group & Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Kenya, CCB-002 - CCB Validation/Verification, AR – Kenya The International Small Group & Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Kenya, CCB-003 - CCB Validation/Verification and annual reviews, ARR – Kenya The International Small Group and Tree Planting (TIST) Program in Kenya, CCB-004 - CCB Validation/Verification, ARR – Kenya
Lead AuditorPanama Canal Authority Sustainable Forest Cover Establishment Project - CCB Validation – Panama
Lead AuditorDenman Island Avoided Conversion of Forestlands Project - CCB Validation – Canada
Lead AuditorKariba REDD+ Project - CCB Validation (2011-2014) – Zimbabwe
Lead AuditorReddForests - CCB Validation, IFM – Zimbabwe
Lead AuditorThe International Small Group & Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Uganda, CCB-001 - CCB Validation/Verification and annual reviews, ARR – Uganda The International Small Group and Tree Planting (TIST) Program in Uganda, CC-B002 - CCB Validation Verification, ARR – Uganda
Lead AuditorBull Run Overseas Ltd Forest Carbon Project Phase 1 - CCB Validation – Belize
Lead AuditorThe International Small Group and Tree Planting (TIST) Program in India, CCB-001 - CCB Validation/Verification, ARR – India
AuditorBioCarbon Partners - Lower Zambia REDD+ Project - CCBA Validation, REDD – Zambia
Lead AuditorOntario Biodiversity Afforestation Project - ISO Validation and Verification/CCB Pre-Validation, AR – Canada
Lead AuditorBlue Source - Alligator River Avoided Conversion Project (CAR497)
ISO
Lead AuditorAlgoma Highlands Conservancy IFM Project - ISO14064-2 Validation/Verification - Canada
Lead AuditorTESTING
Natural Forest Standard (NFS)
Lead AuditorTrocano Araretama Conservation Project - Natural Forest Standard Annual Verification, AD – Brazil
Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)
Lead AuditorTrocano Araretama Conservation Project - Natural Forest Standard Annual Verification, AD – Brazil
Lead AuditorA Standard Methodology for the Quantification of Soil Carbon - VCS Methodology Pre-Validation – Desktop
Lead AuditorValidation - The International Small Group & Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Kenya, VCS-003 - VCS Validation/Verification, A/R Verification - The International Small Group & Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Kenya, VCS-001 Verification - The International Small Group & Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Kenya, VCS-002 Verification - The International Small Group & Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Kenya, VCS-003 Verification - The International Small Group & Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Kenya, VCS-004 The International Small Group and Tree Planning Program (TIST) in Kenya, VCS-005 - VCS Validation/Verification, AR The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Kenya, VCS-006 - VCS Validation/Verification, ARR The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Kenya, VCS-009 - VCS Validation/Verification, ARR
Lead AuditorQuantifying N2O Emissions Reductions in US Agricultural Crops through N Fertilizer Rate Reduction - VCS Methodology Validation – Desktop
Lead AuditorAdoption of Sustainable Grassland Management Through Adjustment of Fire and Grazing - VCS New Methodology Element Verification – Desktop
Lead AuditorMethodology for Avoided Mosaic Deforestation of Tropical Semi-Arid Forests - VCS Methodology Validation – Desktop
Lead AuditorIntegrated Carbon Sequestration and Environmental Stewardship (ICSES) Pilot Project - VCS Pre- Validation – Tennessee
Lead AuditorKasigau Corridor REDD Project Phase I - Rukinga - VCS 2nd Verification – Kenya
Lead AuditorKasigau Corridor REDD Project Phase II-The Community Ranches - VCS 2nd Verification - Kenya
Lead AuditorBoden Creek Ecological Preserve Forest Carbon Project - VCS Verification, REDD – Belize
Lead AuditorBull Run Overseas Forest Carbon Project: Phase 1 - VCS Validation/Verification, REDD - Belize
Lead AuditorMethodology for Soil Carbon - VCS Methodology Validation – Desktop
Lead AuditorRedd Forests Grouped Project: Protection of Tasmanian Native Forest - VCS Verification, IFM – Tasmania
Lead AuditorMethodology for Sustainable Grassland Management - VCS Methodology Validation – Desktop
Lead AuditorProtocol for the Creation of Forest Carbon Offsets in British Columbia (FCOP) - VCS Methodology Validation – Desktop
Lead AuditorThe International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Uganda, VCS-001 - VCS Validation/Verification, ARR – Uganda The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Uganda, VCS-002 - VCS Validation/Verification, ARR The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Uganda, VCS-003 - VCS Validation/Verification, ARR The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Uganda, VCS-004 - VCS Validation/Verification, ARR The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Uganda, VCS-005 - VCS Validation/Verification, ARR
Lead AuditorApril Salumei REDD Project - VCS Validation/Verification, REDD – New Guinea
Lead AuditorMethodology for Avoided Deforestation (Revised VM0009) - VCS 2nd Methodology Assessment – Desktop
Lead AuditorThe International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) in India, VCS-001 - VCS Validation/Verification, ARR – India
Lead AuditorMethodology for Coastal Wetland Creation - VCS Methodology Validation - 1st assessment – Desktop
Lead AuditorAvoiding Planned Deforestation and Degradation in the Valdivian Coastal Reserve, Chile - VCS Validation/Verification, REDD – Chile
Lead AuditorReforesting Degraded Lands in Chile Through the Use of Mycorrhizal Inoculation - VCS Validation/Verification, ARR – Chile
Lead AuditorVM0007 REDD Methodology Modules (Revision to) - VCS Methodology Validation, REDD – Desktop
Lead AuditorForests Alive - VCS Verification, IFM – Tasmania Protection of a Tasmanian Native Forest - Project 3 Peter Downie Grouped Project - Protection of a Tasmanian Native Forest Protection of a Tasmanian Forest (Project 1: REDD Forests' Pilot)
AuditorRIL-C IFM Methodology (Reduced Impact Logging Practices to Reduce Carbon Emissions) and RIL-C East Kalimantan Performance Method Module - VCS 1st Methodology Validation - Desktop
Lead AuditorCarbonCo Envira Amazonia Project - VCS Pre-Validation, AD – Desktop
Lead AuditorBethlehem Authority Improved Forest Management Project - VCS Verification, IFM – Pennsylvania
AuditorMethodology for Avoided Ecosystem Conversion VM0009, v3.0 (revision) - VCS Methodology 1st Validation – Desktop
Lead AuditorMethodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration - First Assessment Report – Desktop
Lead AuditorNiagara Escarpment Forest Carbon Project (NEFCP) - VCS Pre-Validation, IFM – Canada
Lead AuditorRevision of Methodology VM0010-Methodology for Improved Forest Management: Conversion from Logged to Protected Forest, V1.7 - First Assessment – Desktop
Lead AuditorYacumama Forest Carbon Project – VCS Validation/Verification
Independent ReviewerLock Haven IFM Project - 3rd and 4th Verification
Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA)
Lead Auditor
Lead AuditorC4 - VCS/CCB Validation, AR – South Africa
Lead AuditorSustainable Agriculture in Changing Climate (SACC) Project - Western Kenya - VCS/CCB Validation, ARR – Kenya
Lead AuditorCCB-Kasigau Corridor REDD Project Phases I & II – Kenya VCS-The Kasigau Corridor REDD Project Phase II - The Community Ranches – Kenya VCS/CCB Verification, REDD – Kenya
Lead AuditorPurus Project – A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Verification, REDD – 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th monitoring – Brazil
Lead AuditorRussas Project – A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Validation, REDD – Initial and 1st monitoring – Brazil
Lead AuditorValparaiso Project - A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Validation, REDD – Initial and 1st monitoring – Brazil
Lead AuditorNew Leaf Carbon Project - VCS/CCB Validation/Verification, IFM – Tasmania
Lead AuditorLaguna Seca Forest Carbon Project – VCS/CCB Validation/Verification – Belize
AuditorThe Envira Amazonia Project – A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Validation, REDD – Brazil
Lead AuditorRimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve - Verification – Indonesia
Lead AuditorPurus Project – A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil - VCS/CCB Verification (5th monitoring) - REDD
Lead AuditorRimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve project - VCS/CCB Verification
AuditorKatingan Peatland Restoration and Conservation - VCS (3rd)/CCB (2nd) Verification
AuditorKatingan Peatland Restoration and Conservation - VCS (3rd)/CCB (2nd) Verification
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