Two educational webinars hosted by Sonoma Biochar Initiative, California Biochar Initiative, and Sonoma Ecology Center were held October 13 and 14, 2020.  The presentations from the ‘Scaling Biochar’ webinars have been posted online.  For a complete list of speakers and recorded presentation links, click here or see below:

Featured Presentation: Albert Bates: Biochar as a Climate Change Strategy

Day One Presentations:

Raymond Baltar: Opening Statement 

Josiah Hunt: Keynote: Dark Earth for a Bright Future: The Big Picture View on Biochar

Dr. Johannes Lehmann: Biochar Science and Implementation:Climate Mitigation, Soil Health, and Environmental Quality. 

Brett KenCairn: Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance Bioenergy/Biochar Initiative

Charles Hegberg: Rebuilding the Soil Carbon Sponge to Rewater and Cool Our Communities

 Andy Mercy: Biochar Land Restoration Fund. 

Kelpie Wilson: A Carbon Conservation Corps to Restore Forests With Biochar

 Dr. Dominic Woolf: The Global Potential for Biochar to Reduce Atmospheric Greenhouse Gases.

Albert Bates: Biochar as a Climate Change Strategy

 Kathleen Draper: Opportunities for Drawdown: How Biochar Can Help the Construction Industry Pivot From Emitting Carbon to Banking It. 

 John Novitsky:  AquaPrawnics: Leveraging Silicon Valley Techies to Bend the Curve on Climate Change.

Jim Archuleta:  Toward Sustainable Forest, Farm and Urban Management: Biochar’s Place Within Landscape Reallocation of Organic Matter

Debbie Dumroese/Carlos Rodriguez-Franco: Using Biochar for Abandoned Mine Lands and Forest Restoration

 Day One: Q & A Plus“From the Farmer” Presentations:  Dr. Amit Dhingra, Doug Beck, and Cuauhtemoc Villa:

Day Two Presentations:

Dr. James Amonette: Major Funding Priorities Identified by the Biomass to Biochar: Maximizing the Carbon Value Workshop.

Gloria Flora: Environmentally Friendly, Ecosystem-Informed Biochar Kiln Design for Sustainable Practices.

Jim Dooley: Maximizing the Net Carbon Content of Biochar at Distributed and Community-Scale Production Sites.

Tom Miles: Large Scale Biochar Production.

Mark Fuchs: Integrating the Biochar/Compost Industries—Carbon Drawdown for Profit

Dr. Kristin Trippe: Developing a Nationwide Framework for Evaluation and Predicting Agronomic Responses to Biochar-Based Amendments.

Andre van Zyl: Use of Biochar in Asphalt: An Enormous Carbon Sequestration Opportunity.

Steve McCorkle: Scaling Biochar Production of Carbon Negative Biochar and Jet Fuel.

Jonah Levine: Biochar Filtration—A Market Mechanism to Drive Carbon Down and Water Quality Up.

Dr. Kristin Trippe:  Developing a Nationwide Framework for Evaluating and Predicting Agronomic Responses to Biochar-Based Amendments.

Gloria Flora: Building a Sustainable Biochar Industry

Josiah Hunt: Leveraging Existing Infrastructure in California to Sustainably Produce 250,000 Tons of Biochar Per Year within 5 Years.

Simon Manley: Unlocking Carbon Finance for Biochar Projects Around the World.

Brennan Pecha: NREL Perspective: High Temperature Conversion of Wood and Waste to Fuels and Biochar at the National Renewable Energy Lab

Tom Miles:  Building Capacity in Biochar Advocacy and Educational Organizations: IBI, USBI, CBA, SBI, Etc.

 Day Two: Q & A & Discussion


Learn why biochar production and use is a:

  • Natural Climate Solution

  • Natural Solution for Regenerative Agriculture and Forest Restoration

  • Way to Directly Deposit Soil Organic Carbon AND Soil Organic Matter to Improve Soil Health and Reduce Water Use

  • Soil Amendment That Can Increase Crop Production

  • Waste Management Solution for Urban, Forestry, and Agricultural Materials

  • Water Filtration Solution for Urban and Agricultural Wastewater

  • Solution for Improving Tree Vigor and Health in Urban Landscapes

  • Renewable Energy Solution

  • Solution for Abandoned Mine Lands Remediation

  • Solution to Reduce Enteric Methane Release in Cattle

  • Solution for Improving Asphalt

  • Way to Produce Valuable Co-Products Like Non-Fossil Aviation Fuels and Bio-Oils

  • Catalyst to bring together communities to help meet zero-waste and sustainability goals, reduce landfilling, and create good jobs in both rural and urban settings!

This Webinar series took place over two mornings on October 13 and 14. It featured 20+ of the most well-known and knowledgeable pioneers in the biochar field, each covering different aspects of the amazing biochar story in brief, 20-minute presentations. Made from low-value surplus biomass generated from forest thinning activities, agricultural residues, urban C&D materials and even from manure, biochar has been recognized in reports by organizations as varied as the IPCC, The Nature Conservancy, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, and ClimateWorks as a relatively inexpensive and scalable natural climate solution that can help can reduce CO2 emissions. Biochar production converts up to 50 percent of the carbon contained in plants into a valuable and very stable form that degrades very slowly, making it one approach to carbon drawdown that we can employ now, anywhere in the world, using a variety of low-tech and high-tech methods and different surplus materials available in each community. At the same time, biochar also provides an incredible number of benefits across a range of industries.