Sequestering Carbon from the Sierra to the Sea
UC Davis is uniquely positioned as a global leader in environmental studies, agriculture, engineering, health sciences, and more. Leveraging our interdisciplinary expertise, the Institute of the Environment is conducting a largest-of-its-kind carbon sequestration project – the S3 Initiative – using recycled organic waste products, minerals, and kelp to effectively store carbon in and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from both natural and farmed settings.
We accomplish this work by partnering with researchers from across UC Davis with farmers, ranchers, the Native Conservancy, startups, and Indigenous communities. The initiative builds on the successes of Project Carbon and the Working Lands Innovation Center, which is housed in the Institute of the Environment.
An exciting new facet of this initiative explores the potential for seagrass meadows and kelp forests to sequester carbon in natural and farmed coastal settings, creating a greener ‘blue carbon” and for kelp as a working lands soil amendment. In addition to mitigating climate change through this work, we also partner with local Indigenous communities to address the preservation of coastal ancestral waters, the stewardship of coastal lands, and the advancement of regenerative economies for local communities.
Successfully scaling this research can translate to outcomes like healthier soils, lower greenhouse gasses, more sustainable farmland and rangeland, healthier communities, increased food security, stronger economies, and more.