HiveMind is the Only Company to Successfully Sequester CO2 & N2O in the Field Using Natural Agents

HiveMind began 12 years ago as an adjunct to the Chicago Green Roof’s Program. Though the aim of the program was focused on mitigating the urban heat island effect one of our founding partners wondered if it was possible to mitigate CO2 emissions using a blend of mycelium species. We developed a protocol based on the ground-breaking work of mycologist Paul Stamets.

A small series of grants was given to test a pilot in Chicago. Over the next five years, we discovered three results:

1.) The mycelium not only helped the plants sequester more CO2, but 40% of the plant’s carbon stayed in the mycelium matrix in the soil even after the plant died,

2.) The mycelium also outcompeted N2O producing microbes. That’s significant because N2O has 298 times the heat trapping capacity of CO2,

3.) The plants thrived through drought, pollution, and heat waves more successfully than non-inoculated plants thus increasing oxygen production.

HiveMind is working with Cummins Diesel, Shell Oil, and half dozen other fortune two hundred companies to sequester over 100 million metric tons of CO2e. We developed a mycelium inoculated green roof for Shell’s gas stations in London. We are working with non-profits in Thailand to preserve Mangrove swamps that sequesters massive amounts of CO2 as well as promote biodiversity, and income for women.

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HiveMind’s Team

Joseph Kelly

Executive Director

Joseph Kelly has a twenty-five year track record launching socially engaged companies at the intersection of culture, environment, and health. He gave a TedX Talk on Hive Mind’s work using mycelium to successfully bioremediate dozens of radioactive sites in the Southwest. He was nominated for a Katerva Award (the Nobel Prize for Sustainability) for his work in developing natural CO2 sequestration technologies. His current focus is on addressing using biological technologies to address not only climate, but other pressing environmental and equity challenges.

Andrew Grieves

Global Standards

Andrew Grieves is a member of the Institute of Roofing, IoSH qualification for Directors. Has worked at Rooftech (trainee Surveyor), Rentokil Roofing, Flag UK, and Weatherproofing Advisors.

Mike McCord


Founder of Community Foodscapes, a permaculture-focused edible landscape design firm in Atlanta. He has also worked with Trees Atlanta and the University of Georgia Office of Sustainability.

Christine V Hawkes

Soil Scientist

Christine Hawkes is a professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at North Carolina State University where she works to understand both plant and soil microbiomes.
She also addresses the questions that affect our ability to use symbiotic fungi as tools in agriculture, such as where they are found and what drives their distributions, how fungi interact with each other in the plant, and how they assemble into communities.
Hawkes received her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Bucknell University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Hawkes has mentored graduate and undergraduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers, in areas ranging from microbial community ecology to biogeochemistry and ecosystem ecology.

Kylie Brown

Sales & Marketing VP

Kylie Brown has been an actor, director, and producer for both corporate and media clients. Her true love is Asia and saving the planet for the next generation to enjoy and thrive. She has been pivotal in our fund-raising and outreach efforts and is excited about expanding our sites world-wide.