Whendee implemented the “garbage to grasslands” project. This project is derived from the Marin Carbon Project, for which she is the lead scientist. “Garbage to grasslands” takes organic waste from her campus, composts it and applies it to surrounding rangelands. Not only does this reduce greenhouse gas emissions from waste management, but it also increases carbon storage in soils in these rangelands. It sets an example for successful land-based climate change mitigation.
Whendee is engaging the wider campus community, her colleagues at other UC schools, and the local community to explore other mitigation approaches. She is sharing her skills with agencies, the public, and policy makers to motivate others on how they can contribute to mitigation. Most importantly, Whendee’s efforts demonstrate that we are not helpless in this fight against climate change.