This is often a point of confusion when reading about climate change. The Landscape Carbon Calculator is measuring Carbon Dioxide. It is typical for Carbon and CO2 to be used interchangeably in daily conversation. Carbon is often used as “short” for carbon dioxide, but they are indeed different, vastly different.
Recently, a design-build firm sent in their question to us, and we thought some of you might be thinking about this as well. “..we are already pretty busy. How can I most efficiently insert this into my workflow?I am going to break this into two categories: design and LA firms and contracting firms. I am also going to assume this is for pre-build estimating and not post-build analysis. I’ll cover post-build analysis in a future blog.
After diving deep into two scientific studies, it appears that a lawn sequesters at a similar rate as a wild meadow. However, the lawn’s NET sequestration rate includes fertilizer, mowing, water, etc. The Wild meadow needs none of this and provides a similar NET carbon function without any inputs or management!
This project is a small city landscape that was primarily lawn. Daily acts designed and installed a multi-storied, perennial, polyculture food and habitat system with astounding results.
We have simply put more carbon into the atmosphere than the biosphere’s regulatory system can handle. Plants cannot take it up fast enough to keep up with our emissions. We need to reduce emissions and increase sequestration.