Marin County & Bay Area Policy

In 2015, after working directly with MCP for two years, the County of Marin incorporated agriculture into the County’s Climate Action Plan. Marin was one of the first counties in the state to include an agricultural chapter. Since then many others have followed suit. Along with accounting for emissions associated with agricultural operations, the Climate Action Plan concluded that significant climate benefits would be associated with soil carbon sequestration:

“A 1% increase in the amount of carbon stock in Marin County rangelands by 2030 would result in an annualized amount of emissions reduction that would exceed all of the other local measures included in this plan, if realized.”

In 2016 the Bay Area Air Quality Management District in conjunction with the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) approved the Rangeland Compost Protocol (previously a protocol approved by the American Carbon Registry) for the Regional GHG Rx, making rangeland carbon an approved practice for the local GHG mitigation markets.