Partners & Funders

CCI Strategic Partners

CCI develops working models that are replicable and scalable to address climate change while producing environmental, economic and social equity benefits. Some CCI programs and projects are fully managed and operated by CCI staff, contractors and consultants. In other cases, CCI partners with government agencies, academic institutions, businesses, and mission-aligned organizations to advance its work. Within California, CCI is actively involved in policy development at the local and state levels and helps build coalitions to advance land-based climate solutions in the public sector. 

CARBON CYCLE SOLUTIONS are working models of practices and economic value chains that can produce food, fiber, flora or fuel in climate-beneficial ways. CCI strategic partners provide carbon cycle solutions include Conservation Districts, USDA NRCS, the Marin Carbon Project, Fibershed, the Colorado State University COMET Team, the Chico State University Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems, and the California Polytechnic State University Center for Sustainability. 

Our Working Model

The Carbon Cycle Institute has been developing a model framework for land management that emphasizes the carbon cycle as its organizing principle. Land management within this framework leads to enhanced rates of carbon capture from the atmosphere, increases the provision of important ecosystem services (especially water), and mitigates climate change.  The framework relies on sound policies, public-private partnerships, quantification methodologies (COMET-Planner and COMET-Farm), and innovative financing mechanisms that ultimately empower local organizations to efficiently implement on-the-ground time tested, science-verified solutions. 

 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, technical service providers, conservation agencies and organizations, and policy makers; and proactively supports community and national policies that promote carbon stewardship.

Carbon Farming Network

The Carbon Farming Network (CF Network) was formed to build the capacity and technical expertise of land managers, agricultural producers, and natural resource management professionals to plan, implement, and monitor whole farm approaches to sequestering carbon and building healthy soils — within the framework we call Carbon Farming. As of January 2021, CF Network members are working with agricultural producers and land managers in 41  of California’s 58 counties, encompassing the full diversity of the state’s climatic regions, ecosystems, and soils. CCI is now expanding carbon farm planning education and technical assistance to North Carolina, Wisconsin, Oregon, Virginia, and Hawaii and has provided advisory assistance in several other states. Many thanks to all our partners and donors for supporting the advancement of our mission.

Philanthropic Partners

CCI is supported by these important and generous partners:

  • Clarence Heller Foundation
  • Clif Bar
  • Colorado State University
  • Flora Family Foundation
  • Global Wildlife Conservation
  • Laird Norton Foundation
  • Leaves of Grass Fund
  • Mental Insight Foundation
  • #NoRegrets
  • Patagonia Foundation
  • Regenerative Agriculture Foundation
  • Sils Family Foundation
  • US Department of Agriculture, NRCS
  • Numerous anonymous donors