Start an LCN
All over the world, waste wood and agricultural waste is produced.
All over the world, electricity, heating, and refrigeration are needed.
All over the world, soils need to nourish the food we eat.
A Local Carbon Network is a community-based model where one member’s trash quite literally becomes another member’s treasure.
Anyone in the world can start a Local Carbon Network in their community by bringing together the right group of people, here is how.
Find a waste wood source in your area
Speak to your local forestry departments and/or municipalities for urban green waste. Do you know if there are any invasive tree species that need to be kept trimmed down? Are you in a fire hazard area? Are your local trees dying because of disease? You will want untreated wood. If you are in a river area ask around if the lumber in the rivers ever requires pruning. Go to your local nut-processing plants, for walnut, palm nut or macadamia nut shells. Approach local lumber mills or large furniture manufacturers. Go to your local organic farmers who have fruit or olive trees.
They would benefit by getting rid of their waste wood for free as often it is just an expense or a bother for them.
Arrange for a place to put the conversion hub
That is close to your waste wood source; you will need to find a location that has a well-ventilated building, roofed patio, awning, or some other covered outdoor space to put the equipment. They should also have a need for the electricity, heating and/or cooling that the equipment will produce.
For example, this could be a supermarket with a large parking lot, a food processing or packaging plant, a greenhouse or hydroponic grower, an animal breeder, a sports center, SPA, or school. This site ideally should also be able to provide or gain easy access to some compostables such as food waste, grass cuttings, or manure for the next step.
They would benefit by reducing electricity, or heating, or refrigeration costs.
Create partnerships with composting operations, farms, community gardens or nurseries
Close to your conversion hub you will need one or more places where compost can be processed and added to the soil to improve plant growth and sequester the carbon, such as for growing food crops or ornamental plants such as flowers and trees. The biochar that the conversion hub produces will be used here.
They would benefit by getting more compost in less time from the same amount of starting materials. Their plants will also be bigger, healthier and need less water.
Access Climate Funds
Once your first 3 partners have been found, you can meet and have a brainstorming session for the funding. Grants, sponsors, crowdfunding, loans, awards, and donations are all viable financing methods.
For each method, you will have a different process. For example, if you are looking for donations you may want to involve a non profit, if you are looking for sponsors you may want to involve a local celebrity, if you are looking for grants on climate impact you may want to involve a professional grant writer, and if in your midst you have large mailing lists, you may want to opt for crowdfunding.
They would benefit via a financial ROI, social benefit, climate impact or increased reputation capital.