Healthy Lands, Healthy People - A Carbon Sequestration Feasibility Study

Through a grant from the California Department of Conservation, Contra Costa County is conducting a feasibility study – Healthy Lands, Healthy People – to identify strategies we can use to store carbon dioxide in the many different land uses in our county. What works for agriculture may be different from what works for parks and open space, conservation lands, or towns and cities.

The County is working in partnership with the Contra Costa Resource Conservation District, University of California Cooperative Extension, and Rincon Consultants to develop Healthy Lands, Healthy People

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 Throughout 2022, the team will:

  • Develop a report on options for storing carbon in the different natural lands in Contra Costa County. This report will identify strategies that have the best potential to capture carbon, and look at how these techniques might produce revenue and/or reduce operating costs.
  • Develop the first plan to use carbon storage techniques at an urban farm in North Richmond
  • Build out a countywide plan for carbon storage on farms
  • Produce a video in English and Spanish about carbon sequestration
  • Engage with stakeholders across the County

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Best Practices Survey 

Please share your ideas and experiences with strategies that can help your farm, garden, or landscape conserve resources and save money. 
Survey Link

Focus Group Meetings

Please join us in person or online for in-depth conversation about how we can use our gardens, farms, parks, and open space to store carbon and produce revenue and/or reduce operating costs. Each focus group is catered to a specific land use but all are welcome at any session! 
View Focus Group Flyer (PDF)
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Bay Point

Tuesday, June 7, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Ambrose Community Garden
3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point, CA
Focus: Urban agriculture & the built environment


Wednesday, June 8, 3:00-4:30 PM
Contra Costa Farm Bureau Center 
3020 2nd Street, Knightsen, CA 94548
Focus: Croplands


Thursday, June 9, 6:30-8:00 PM
Happy Lot Farm and Garden
Chanslor Avenue, 45 1st St, Richmond, CA 94801
Focus: Urban agriculture & the built environment


Monday, June 13, 4:30-6:00 PM
Mt. Diablo High School
2450 Grant Street, Concord, CA 94520
Focus: Urban agriculture & the built environment


Wednesday June 15, 6:30-8:00 pm
Our Savior Lutheran Church
Oakview 1 Room in Creekside Commons
1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette, CA 94549
Focus: Faith-based farms & landscapes


Wednesday, June 22, 6-7:30 pm
Online Zoom Meeting