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an ecological public charity since 1998
Global Compost Project
The passage of AB 32The passage of AB 32 (The Global Warming Solutions Act, signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger) was a watershed moment in legislating a response to the impacts of climate change, in particular greenhouse gases, including CO2.
Wednesday, June 14th, 2006
With AB32, is there a way to measure soil carbon?John Wick and Jeffrey Creque ask “With AB32, is there a way to measure soil carbon? Begin discussing a Cap and Trade System using Carbon Credits establishing a new revenue stream for ranchers.
Thursday, June 15th, 2006
MCP Begins Root
Thursday, June 14th, 2007
Can changes in soil carbon be measured?John Wick and Jeffrey Creque ask 20 scientists at Lawrence Lab, (University of California, Berkeley) “Can changes in soil carbon resulting from management be measured? And how?
Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
Is there a protocol to measure soil carbon increases?
Thursday, June 21st, 2007
Whendee Silver steps forwardWhendee Silver steps forward as principal investigator at Whendee Silver Lawrence Labs (University of California, Berkeley).
Friday, June 22nd, 2007
Whendee Silver, PhD
Saturday, June 23rd, 2007
Jeffrey Creque with Tori Estrada and Claudia Haskell (Marin Carbon Project)
Sunday, June 24th, 2007
Claudia Torri and Jeff
Monday, June 25th, 2007
35 sites are selected for soil carbon baselineMatt Wacker (Marin Agricultural Land Trust), Jeff Creque (Marin Carbon Project) and David Lewis (University of California) develop GIS (Geographic Information System)-based county-wide soil sampling protocol. 35 sites are selected for soil carbon baseline.
Tuesday, June 26th, 2007
Wednesday, June 27th, 2007
Adding some carbon to the rangelandJeffrey Creque suggests adding some carbon (as compost) to the rangeland system to see if they can measure the change.
Thursday, June 28th, 2007
Bob Berner, ED of MALT (Marin Agricultural Land Trust) and Charlette Epifanio – District Conservationist, Marin and Sonoma counties.
Friday, June 29th, 2007
Marin county-wide soil samplingMarin county-wide soil sampling of the major soil types in Marin County to determine baseline carbon levels.
Saturday, June 30th, 2007
Rebecca RyalsRebecca Ryals, graduate student under Whendee Silver, begins dissertation research on the impacts of adding compost to rangelands.
Sunday, June 1st, 2008
Monday, June 2nd, 2008
Yeoman Plow at WR-72008
Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
Research plots are installed in 2 locations: Marin County and Yuba County.
Saturday, June 7th, 2008
Scientists in the field
Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
The team measures gasses coming off the composted and controlled plots.
Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
Policy work beginsPolicy work begins (state and federal agencies about GHG benefits of our results).
Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
Early results are exciting and measurable! May 2009
Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
In the field
Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
Compost GHG data collection for LCA 2010
Friday, June 4th, 2010
Defoliation impacts on native grassesDr. Stephanie Larson (UC Cooperative Extension) and Dr. Mel George (Emeritis Professor of Rangeland Science at UC Davis) work on side experiment: Defoliation impacts on native grasses.
Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
Funding to support research, for 4 years of sampling data 2008-2012
Saturday, June 12th, 2010
Receive EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) letter of support.
Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
Into the weeds
Sunday, June 20th, 2010
Friday, June 25th, 2010
Training on Licor
Tuesday, June 29th, 2010