Carbon dioxide is the most commonly produced greenhouse gas. Carbon sequestration is the process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide. Healthy forests, grasslands, wetlands, and coastal ecosystems all help sequester carbon, reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. These ecosystems also provide crucial co-benefits for our community.
For example, as trees grow, they absorb carbon dioxide from the air and convert it into carbon, which is stored in tree trunks, roots, foliage and soil. Trees also provide benefits such as reducing air, water, and noise pollution, and keeping our hard surfaces cooler, reducing air-conditioning needs during heat events.
- Learn more about the different types of carbon sequestration.
- Use compost! Putting compost on soil provides more nutrients for plants to grow faster and bigger – and sequester more carbon.
- Use your landscape to sequester carbon. Check out this article on how to give your landscape a carbon-positive makeover
- Plant a tree! Be sure to choose a species appropriate to your climate and specific site.
Climate Smart Tree Workshop Recording
The environmental benefits of mature trees are hard to replace so it’s in our best interest to plant as sustainably as possible. Check out the September 14, 2022 recording of the "Right Plant, Right Place: Choosing Appropriate Trees for the Urban Environment" webinar featuring the City's Arborist and Climate Officer. This video shares information about tree-related considerations in the City's Climate Action Plan with an in-depth discussion about how to choose the right species for the right space, how to plant correctly, and how to care for trees to maximize their success rate.