In support of the City's Climate Action Plan 2030 and Beyond, the City of Dublin has partnered with StopWaste and the University of California Merced to conduct a carbon sequestration pilot project at Emerald Glen Park and Dublin Sports Grounds. Carbon sequestration activities have the potential to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in plants and soil through biological processes. Carbon sequestration, or carbon farming, can help mitigate climate change and create more resilient landscapes.
The goal of the pilot project is to study how application of compost in urban landscapes such as sports fields affects soil carbon uptake. The impacts of compost application on maintenance and irrigation requirements will also be evaluated. In March 2023, a team of UC Merced researchers, applied compost at ⅛-inch and ¼-inch depths to test plots located at Emerald Glen Park and Dublin Sports Grounds. Over the next two years, the research team will conduct regular soil and gas sampling at the Emerald Glen Park test plots and will examine soil properties related to irrigation and maintenance at Dublin Sports Grounds. Compost will be applied to the test plots again in spring 2024. The use of the fields will not be impacted by the compost application, and regular turf use can occur throughout the fields and over the test plots.