Evaluate potential carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas reductions from adopting NRCS conservation practices

Posted on Sunday, November 1st, 2015 by

NRCS Conservation Practices included in COMET-Planner are only those that have been identified as having greenhouse gas mitigation and/or carbon sequestration benefits on farms and ranches. This list of conservation practices is based on the qualitative greenhouse benefits ranking of practices prepared by NRCS. How are your carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emission reduction estimates calculated? […]

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Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grant Program

Posted on Thursday, October 15th, 2015 by

In FY 2016 NIFA’s CFP intends to solicit applications and fund three types of grants. The types are entitled (1) Community Food Projects (CFP), (2) Planning Projects (PP) and (3) Training and Technical Assistance (T & TA) Projects. The primary goals of the CFP are to: Meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food […]

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Food Shift’s Alameda Kitchen

Posted on Thursday, October 15th, 2015 by

The Alameda Kitchen will transform fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be wasted into nutritious, affordable food products and meals for low-income populations. Food Shift works collaboratively with communities, businesses and governments to develop sustainable solutions that reduce wasted food and hunger. In our quest to solve these challenges we’ve learned that the community needs […]

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Sustainable Apparel Materials

Posted on Friday, October 2nd, 2015 by

Sustainable Apparel Materials An overview of what we know and what could be done about the impact of four major apparel materials: Cotton, Polyester, Leather, & Rubber1 Randolph Kirchain, Elsa Olivetti, T Reed Miller and Suzanne Greene Materials Systems Laboratory Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA September 22, 2015

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What does an 80% diversion rate REALLY mean? Taking a closer look at San Francisco’s landfill discards.

Posted on Sunday, August 30th, 2015 by

You may have heard that San Francisco diverts 80% of its discards from landfills. Jeremy Irons calls this statistic, and the city it applies to, a “source of hope” in his documentary, Trashed, which is about the ravages of global waste. Journalists around the world cite the 80% as a beacon, an exemplar, a benchmark, […]

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California Ranchers Enticed Into Carbon Farming

Posted on Sunday, June 21st, 2015 by

…get tradable greenhouse gas emission reduction credits, bringing them another revenue stream for sustainable land management practices that also improves the soil and its ability to hold water. Ranchers can sell them on California’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Exchange (GHG Rx), where polluters buy credits to be used in projects that benefit the state. So, ranchers can now […]

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California is providing incentives for ranchers

Posted on Saturday, June 20th, 2015 by

Recently we wrote that carbon emissions can be significantly reduced through the widespread application of compost, and now California is providing incentives for ranchers to do it. They can get tradable greenhouse gas emission reduction credits, bringing them another revenue stream for sustainable land management practices that also improves the soil and its ability to hold water. Ranchers can sell them on California’s Greenhouse […]

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Compost Cows And Carbon Markets

Posted on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 by

Compost, Cows and Carbon Markets The impact on ranching’s ecological footprint could be significant if supporters of the Marin Carbon Project can find a way to integrate the process into new business models. ARTICLE May 8, 2014 John Wick and the Marin Carbon Project When John Wick purchased a beautiful piece of rolling rangelands in […]

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The Grass Really is Greener

Posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 by

On a windswept ranch above the tiny West Marin town of Nicasio, a man in a worn Carhartt jacket holds up a blade of grass with a triumphant smile. This is rancher and philanthropist John Wick, and he’s explaining how he hopes to help save the world using an unexpected tool: dirt. Specifically, Wick and […]

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