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
Brett KenCairn: Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance Bioenergy/Biochar Initiative
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
Debbie Dumroese/Carlos Rodriguez-Franco: Using Biochar for Abandoned Mine Lands and Forest Restoration
Day Two Presentations:
Tom Miles: Large Scale Biochar Production.
Gloria Flora: Building a Sustainable Biochar Industry
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.