December 2022 Executive Director Update

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Hello to the IBI Community –

It was truly amazing to gather so many of you together for IBI’s annual symposium – and if you missed the live, three-day event, you can still watch the panels, and get the presentations at this link for a small fee. With over a dozen highly expert presenters covering everything from urban biochar uses to reaching the IPCC negotiations, this would be an excellent end of year gift for yourself or a colleague.

At the Symposium, we announced an exciting new program:  the Biochar “Hot Shots” Academy – a two-week in-person training, the first of which will be 19 – 30 June 2023 in upstate New York. The goal of the academy is to provide skills training to support our rapidly growing industry and enable participants to provide biochar training to others.

If you have any end-of-the-year giving left to do, please consider supporting IBI’s scholarships for the biochar academy.

We also announced other compelling projects we’re launching in 2023:  

  • Nationally Determined Contributions framework for biochar – a tool for countries to estimate how biochar can help meet climate goals based on locally available feedstocks
  • Global Biochar Activities map – open source, searchable map to quantify the global biochar industry.
  • Biochar Research Database, a searchable curated list of published biochar research
  • Global Market Research Survey in 2023 for the international industry
  • White papers on biochar in methane mitigation, PFAFs management, and biochar carbon removal durability.
  • Biochar Academy in 2023 – a train-the-trainers in-person and virtual course to boost a diverse, global biochar workforce and support industry growth.
  • Biochar Study tour – currently planned for Switzerland. 

Let us know if you’re interested in getting information about the Biochar Academy or Study Tour by filling in this form – Biochar Academy applications will open in January.

Please continue to reach out with questions about biochar, about IBI membership, or about IBI members. On behalf of the IBI Board of Directors, thank you for being a part of this growing community, and we look forward to an exciting new year of growth for biochar as a circular economy climate solution.

– Wendy Lu McGill

IBI Interim Executive Director