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K-State Today

June 29, 2021

Annual dialog to focus on carbon sequestration

Submitted by Mary Rankin

Carbon sequestration will be the focus of the 16th annual Dialog on Sustainability on Saturday, July 10. The Consortium for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability and its partners are hosts for the virtual forum that will run from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The anticipated audience will include students, faculty, foresters, farmers, leaders, members of communities and environmental organizations.

"Increasing organic carbon in the soil can improve soil health and water-holding capacity," said Larry Erickson, professor emeritus with the K-State Center for Hazardous Substance Research and consortium member. "Finding ways to sequester carbon in soils, trees and other vegetation is important to reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere."

"There are contaminated sites where establishing vegetation may be very beneficial including brownfield sites that can be transformed to productive properties, as well as places where new forests can be established to increase carbon sequestration in Kansas."

Attendance via Zoom over the phone or computer is free, but preregistration is required to ensure an adequate number of connecting lines. Interested participants are asked to send name, email address, affiliation and phone number to Sheree Walsh at chsr@k-state.edu.

For more information, please contact Erickson at lerick@k-state.edu or 785-532-4313; or Walsh at chsr@k-state.edu or 785-200-7005.