University of British Columbia - Dr. Suzanne W Simard
Dr.. Simard is a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia's Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences in Vancouver. Her research is providing new insights into how trees in the a forest act very much like social networks, sharing solar energy below ground in the form of sugars via complex and sophisticated relationships formed with a vast “internet” of fungal networks. This new understanding of the symbiotic nature of plant communication has far-reaching implications in both the forestry and agricultural industries.
The California Carbon Project
The California Carbon Project's goal is to support farmers, ranchers and public land stewards in the implementation of carbon farming in California. The partners in this campaign collectively provide state of the art science, technical assistance, policy, advocacy, private sector engagement, media and public education to this end.
The Indigo Project, Fibershed
The indigo dye used in our jeans comes from a synthetic chemical made from coal tar. This chemical sits against our skin and washes into our water every time we do laundry. Fortunately nature already has a beautiful solution. For nearly 5,000 years, in almost every culture on earth, indigo plants of many species have been prized for the intensely beautiful blue pigment they impart. The Fibershed project of Northern California is working with producers to grow this prized pigment in a manner that benefits both soil and people.