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  Thank you to all who have participated in the Indiegogo campaign to set the Local Carbon Network project in motion.   So far we’ve raised about $25,000 in Local Carbon sponsorships, which is about 20% of the way to our goal.  This is a great start, and we were pleased so many of your wrote notes back to us to affirm this new model for enabling local carbon drawdown.  Now we need to get the campaign to the goal of $150,000 to fully set the Bay Area Carbon Cluster in motion.   We have about a week left in the campaign, which is when most of the action typically happens in crowdfunding efforts.  In this push to the finish line, we hope you’ll consider a sponsorship, and/or pass the campaign onward to others who you think will be interested.  We need your help and participation to bring this new carbon drawdown model to existence in the world.  Even if you’re at a distance and want to start a Local Carbon Cluster in your area in the future, please do consider supporting the current Bay Area California campaign so we can get this off the ground and demonstrate the model can work.  Sponsorships are for bags of Local Carbon Biochar in varying number, or full Power Pallet 30 machines.   Most sponsorships are of course for bags of biochar, but we’re also looking for a few individuals who want to do higher level sponsorships by purchasing one of the new PP30 CHP machines, letting the local project use it for a year, then continuing thereafter in a lease arrangement, or upgrade and return to you. Details on the Local Carbon Network activities and campaign sponsorship options are here:
Sky-to-soil carbon deliveries begin

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  Deliveries of your sponsored Local Carbon Biochar have already begun to our partner Carbon Farmer organizations in the East Bay of California.  So far these are of course very small scale, but we wanted to complete the full cycle right from the beginning of the project.  The first 15kg char has gone to Ashby Community Garden, Emeryville Community Garden, and the UC Berkeley Gill Tract Farm, for a total CO2 impact equivalence of 300-600kg in principle (though in practice, not all CHP fossil displacements are in place yet while making this early char). We will be publishing a progressive tally of biochar delivered to soil and CO2e impact achieved by the total project.  This will soon be live on a new Local Carbon Network website, but in the interim, we have spreadsheets and graphs as below to keep track of our progress.


  We have a great collection of local organizations enthusiastic to receive your sponsored Local Carbon Biochar and put it to good work in soil.  The current list of participating organizations is below.   You are welcome and encouraged to suggest other local gardens, farms, schools and otherwise where you would like to see local carbon returned to soil.   

The East Bay Local Carbon Cluster will develop permanent CHP powergen and biochar production installations at the first two green-waste management sites on the list below, with the rest following in later growth stages.  All of the sites listed below serve as existing green-waste consolidation points for the East Bay, and currently have an excess of Local Carbon needing a solution.  

 These green waste conversion sites, combined with the local gardens and farms listed above, make the East Bay Carbon Cluster. 


Your sponsorships directly increase the amount of green-waste carbon that is “fossilized” to soil in this social-soil-eco-system.

Scaling for Global Impact

The Local Carbon Network model is designed to be easy to replicate and scale across other Local Food, Farmers’ Market and green-waste ecosystems.  The “proof of concept” East Bay Carbon Cluster is the template we intend to test and refine, making it easy to pick up for additional Local Carbon Clusters in the US and globally.  APL will orchestrate some of these directly, but also invite others with interest (like yourself dear reader) to set things in motion independently in your local area.  

Success in this initial East Bay capital campaign fund and deployment will justify follow-on campaigns and deployments dedicated to other Clusters.   APL intends to followup on the East Bay campaign with additional Local Carbon Clusters in California, Italy, Liberia and India.  These areas will be next as projects can build on business and service logistics already established by All Power Labs (APL) in these markets, and demonstration projects already operated to success. We also invite you to suggest other areas where a local carbon cluster might be relevant in your area.

After nearly ten years of technology development, business partner establishment, and on-the-ground infrastructure building, APL is ready to make a consequential impact on energy and agriculture transformations in these regions, while drawing down carbon from the global pool during the process. 


The Goal

The Local Carbon Network intends to create and support long-term stewardship of gigawatts of carbon-negative power and product deployments, with the ultimate objective of enabling a 10-40ppm drawdown in global CO2 concentration over the next century.  A 10-40ppm drawdown is approximately 10-20% of the carbon reduction that will be needed to maintain global temperature increase below 2˚C– the commonly-accepted point that will stave off catastrophic climate change.  

We will not do this as a single company, but as a full industry pursuing the “Global Carbon Management through Green-waste mangement solution”, we just might be able to make it happen.  

“Global Carbon Management through Green-waste Management” is the most powerful tool we currently have available to drawdown carbon for global climate benefit.  The Local Carbon Network is bringing together the Plants + People + Machines to make it happen at scale.

We hope you will join us by sponsoring bags Local Carbon Biochar or PP30 CHP Machines to enable the first roll out.

Jim Mason
Founder, CEO
All Power Labs

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