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Carbon Sequestration in the Landscape Series– #7 Sequester Carbon to Mitigate Climate Change
Monday, April 19, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM PDT
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Carbon Sequestration in the Landscape Series
#7 Sequester Carbon to Mitigate Climate Change 

April 19 2021 12-1:30pm | Register Here


The embodied energy and carbon footprint of traditional landscape practices contribute directly and indirectly to greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. As the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reaches new highs, solutions to the climate change crisis must be embraced by the entire landscape industry.  

Healthy vegetation works together with soil rich in organic matter and beneficial microorganisms to remove carbon dioxide from the air and store it as soil carbon, an important strategy for addressing climate change. In addition to regenerative soil management practices, such as applying compost and mulch, limiting and alleviating soil compaction, design landscapes to protect mature trees, plant large stature trees, and choose materials with low embodied energy and carbon footprint to mitigate climate change.

Will Bakx launched Bennett Valley Farm Compost in 1985, processing various agricultural and fish industry discards. In 1993 he started the Sonoma county-wide yard debris composting program as Sonoma Compost Company, processing about 100,000 tons of organics per year. Will earned a BA in Environmental Studies from Sonoma State University and a MS in Soil Science from UC Berkeley. He is the co-founder and board member of the California Organics Recycling Council and executive board member of the California Compost Coalition. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Santa Rosa Junior College Sustainable Agriculture Program and Chair of the Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Board. His current focus is on carbon negative compost facilities and carbon sequestration in agricultural and urban settings. Will is a ReScape Qualified Professional. 

About the Climate Change 8 Principles Webinar Speaker Series: 
ReScape and PG&E are partnering to offer eight Speaker Series webinars about landscaping practices that address climate change, with a focus on carbon sequestration.  This Speaker Series is a part of ReScape’s Climate Change Consortium Demonstration Projects to educate about climate change landscaping challenges and the solutions available using regenerative practices. 

The webinars will provide information about reducing emissions and creating resilient landscapes. Up to 30% of urban water use goes to landscaping. We know that climate change will continue to stress water supplies throughout California and the US. Conventional landscape construction and maintenance practices contribute to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and air pollution.

Regenerative design install and maintenance of a landscape can help save energy and water. Sustainably well-designed landscapes not only add beauty to the environment, but also reduce heating and cooling costs. Awareness of the right drought-resistant plants located in the right location- trees, shrubs, or vines- deliver effective shade and cooling, decrease water usage, act as a windbreak, and reduce energy bills. Carefully positioned trees can save up to 25% of the energy a typical household uses.

Topics are based on ReScape’s 8 Principles and will provide an overview of the problem and the solution vis-à-vis the Principles. There will be hands-on tips and best practices for sequestering carbon, reducing emissions, saving water and creating resilient landscapes; and include actionable steps with references to science-based data and additional resources. Speakers are professionals, scientists and other experts.