2022 Pledge to be climate positive

LandCurrent is part of the global effort to protect our planet as our home. Climate change is happening now and we see that with increased fires, floods, melting glaciers and other such effects that negatively impact all of us. Globally we need to drive carbon emission to net-ZERO.

Starting in January 2022, LandCurrent has pledged to be a climate positive. This means that we operate

our landscape architecture practice without adding additional CO2 to the atmosphere.


We do this by:

· working locally

· driving electric

· using low carbon office materials and products

· working from an energy efficient office

· by monetary subscriptions to carbon sequestration products and technologies.


For 2022 we opted for a subscription with a technology that directly captures carbon dioxide from the air. Our subscription removes 100 kg of CO2 per month. This more than offsets our entire carbon foot print thus making LandCurrent carbon negative and climate positive.


For more information on direct air carbon sequestration visit:

https://climeworks.com/



LandCurrent pledges to create climate positive designs.


Any construction project has a carbon footprint. Some materials have a larger carbon footprint then others.

At LandCurrent we keep up to date on the latest products and construction methodologies that promise lower carbon footprints. Concrete for example has a very large carbon footprint, however there are technological advances currently being implemented that can greatly reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.


Because each material has a carbon footprint and involves transportation, we aim towards lean designs that require less materials. We prefer local materials and whenever possible we re-use of materials already on site.


We aim to sequester as much carbon as possible within each of our designed landscapes. Vegetation and trees sequester carbon once they are established. Living soil with a healthy mycelium community will sequester and uptake carbon.


In order to truly estimate the carbon footprint of a newly improved site, a life-cycle assessment is needed. This involves not only accessing the carbon footprint of materials and construction activity but the longevity (sustainability) of the improvements. It also requires looking at maintenance required and the carbon footprint of those maintenance activities.


LandCurrent provides a carbon footprint report for every project, in it we estimate the time it takes for the project to be carbon neutral. We also provide recommendations for the best low carbon maintenance and management practices.


In the Fall of 2021 our principal landscape architect, Anita Van Asperdt, worked with University of Oregon students to test an online tool that provides rough carbon footprint estimates. The tool is currently the best available calculator for landscape architecture projects.


For more information about climate positive design visit:

https://climatepositivedesign.com/challenge/

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