CCI develops working models and demonstration projects that are replicable, scalable and broadly applicable to addressing climate change, seeking solutions that promise environmental, economic and social equity benefits. Some CCI programs and projects are fully managed and operated by Carbon Cycle Institute staff, contractors and consultants. In other cases, CCI partners with government agencies, businesses or other nonprofit organizations to advance its mission. These partnerships may involve shared program management as well as nonexclusive licensing and right-of-use agreements.
Current CCI strategic partners include Fibershed, Resource Conservation Districts, the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts, and the Marin Carbon Project. Our current projects and programs include Agricultural Carbon and Carbon Cycle Literacy.
Our Working Model
The Carbon Cycle Institute has been developing a model framework for land management that emphasizes carbon as the organizing principle. Land management within this framework leads to enhanced rates of carbon capture, increases the provision of important ecosystem services (especially water), and mitigates climate change. The framework relies on sound policies, public-private partnerships, quantification methodologies and innovative financing mechanisms that ultimately empower local organizations to efficiently implement on-the-ground science-based solutions. Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) are an essential component of this framework. RCDs act as hubs that foster local partnerships to develop and implement carbon farming plans and practices in their districts, the COMET tools (COMET-planner and COMET-farm) provide the quantification methodology to estimate GHG benefits of carbon farming practices and are an essential component of carbon farm plans. Although US- based, this framework can be adapted throughout the world.
In addition to our advancement of effective carbon cycle solutions, CCI works continuously to deliver training and educational programs that foster carbon literacy among farmers and ranchers, policy makers, thought leaders and the general public; and proactively supports community and national policies that promote carbon stewardship.
CARBON CYCLE SOLUTIONS are working models of alternative practices and economic value chains that can produce food, fiber, flora or fuel in carbon-beneficial ways. CCI programs and strategic partners providing carbon cycle solutions include Agricultural Carbon, the Marin Carbon Project, and Fibershed.
FOUNDATIONAL SOLUTIONS are enabling technologies and efforts that support multiple carbon cycle solutions. CCI’s core foundational solution is Carbon Cycle Literacy.