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Cool Effect dedicates this article to the memory of Sid Yadav (right), Cool Effect Director Of Project Research, seen here conducting a site visit on a remote off grid island in India. Sid oversaw the rigorous vetting and selection process for all carbon reduction projects supported on Cool Effect’s platform since its inception. He also monitored ongoing project activities and made on-site project evaluations. In addition to bringing lengthy carbon verification expertise, Sid was passionate about creating a better life and future for those communities around the world who need it most.

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