Larta Institute Selected as Commercialization Partner for $4.7M Grant

Multisector coalition engages critical stakeholders in upholding California’s Climate Goals 

Larta Institute announces its partnership with the UC Working Land’s Innovation Center (WLIC) as exclusive commercialization experts for their Catalyzing Negative Carbon Emissions Project, with the goal to bring net carbon emissions in California to zero by 2045.  

Larta Institute will lead commercialization support throughout the three-year project by enabling clear opportunities for market-analysis, commercialization partnerships, thought-leadership, and small business development.  

“This is an all-hands-on deck moment in history,” said Benjamin Z. Houlton, director of the UC Davis Muir Institute and the project’s principal investigator. “This partnership will enable our research findings to be streamlined into commercialization and business development opportunities, catalyzing co-benefits for farmers, ranchers and the economy.”  

Sponsored by the California Collaborative for Climate Change Solutions (C4S), the $4.7 million grant launches a novel “innovation ecosystem” that fosters collaboration between business, industry, government, and researchers to create “shovel-ready” greenhouse gas reducing technologies. 

“We're delighted to collaborate with C4S and WLIC to explore commercial avenues that derive from their various research projects in CO2 capture and greenhouse gas emissions reductions,” says Larta Institute Chief Strategy Officer, Carlos Gutierrez. “Our partnership with WLIC is great example that leverages State grant funds to ensure the results are equipped to bring economic value to communities, and can scale to support the State's climate and sustainability goals.” 

The project consists of a multi-campus, multi-partnership consortium including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, CSU East Bay, C4S, Larta Institute, the Almond Board of California, commercial manufacturers of compost and biochar, ranchers and farmers, carbon offset registries, the U.S. Department of Agriculture California Climate Hub, UC Cooperative Extension, and Californian tribal nations and indigenous communities who utilize carbon sequestration on their lands.  

For more information on this subject, please refer to the previous news release by UC Davis