The IBI webinar series connects participants to leaders in the biochar field, from business professionals to producers to academics, who present cutting-edge information, research and updates to our IBI membership. Each participant will have an opportunity to interact live with the presenter by submitting questions during the webinar, as time permits, for real-time responses.

You must be a dues-paying member to participate in these special events at no charge. Non-members may participate for a $40 registration fee. (If you are not an IBI member and would like to join, please click here). If you are a member and are not able to attend the presentation, all presentations are posted for members to watch/listen to in the IBI Member’s only area.

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What is ‘the best’ biochar?

07/14/2021

What is ‘the best’ biochar?

July 14, 2021 – 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET (US)

Carbon removal through biochar creation has reached a significant moment with demand beginning to outstrip supply in certain parts of the world. As production ramps up to meet demand, many different types of biochar will be produced from different feedstocks with various thermochemical conversion technologies under different processing conditions.

Many biochar properties – biological, chemical, physical, electrical, etc. – can be manipulated through these parameters to optimize biochar for an ever-increasing number of end-uses. Because biochar producers are often more focused on organics management or renewable energy generation, they may overlook the opportunity to generate designer biochar to fit different end uses.

On the other side of the equation, biochar users are often unaware of the variability inherent in biochar. They may not know the right questions to ask of biochar sellers, or the relevant properties to look for in biochar.

This webinar seeks to demystify some of the technical jargon that explains the differences between visibly similar biochars. It will also attempt to ‘de-mythify’ some of the bolder claims made about biochar. While economic drivers and value propositions are continually developing, “What is the best biochar?” for a specific end market is often demanded by savvy consumers.

Akio Enders has more than a decade of experience with biochar production and analysis at Cornell University. He will help explain the variability of biochar and what the IBI and EBC standards do and do not reveal about different types of biochar. We will also be joined by two commercial biochar producers that have learned through years of experience about the variability of biochar and how to market different types of biochar for different end uses.

COST: Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members.  Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar.

To View:

IBI Members: Members may download the slides and view the presentation here by logging into your membership accounts then either proceed to the Members’ Only website (scroll down to the ‘IBI Webinar Presentations and Questions’ section) or return to this page for the links to appear.

Non-IBI Members: Non-IBI members may register here for a $40 fee.

 

Akio Enders

Akio Enders has worked to support biochar research under Professor Johannes Lehmann at Cornell University for over a decade. During this time, Akio collaborated with countless students, post-doctoral associates, and scholars in multivarious biochar research ranging from greenhouse and field trials to pyrolysis stove studies to nanoscale investigation of biochar-mineral associations. Akio was first author of “Characterization of biochars to evaluate recalcitrance and agronomic performance”, as well as  “Proximate analyses for characterising biochars” and “Total elemental analysis of metals and nutrients in biochars” in Biochar A Guide to Analytical Methods. Akio now strives to utilize his experience to enable widespread biochar production and application in real-world settings.

James MacPhail, Moderator

James is Managing Director of Sequest Ltd offering strategic planning and advice – on all aspects of biochar creation, usage and importantly application. He is also a Fellow and the Biochar Lead with The Climate Map and serves as a Commercial Advisor to Carbon Gold as well as the IBI.  Using his qualifications from the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester – James has developed a wealth of technical knowledge over the last decade about the use of carbon-rich soil amendments based on biochar. Taking waste stream biomass to create products, which offset carbon in an environmentally benign way, directly benefiting adherence to modern environmental, social and governance principles.

For more information:

For more information or if you have any questions about registration please email Caroline Peat at cpeat@ttcorp.com.

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Urban Forestry and Biochar

03/31/2021

Urban Forestry and Biochar

March 31, 2021 – 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET (US)

More and more cities are adopting the use of biochar in urban forestry practices since the Stockholm Biochar Project first pioneered the practice many several years ago. The benefits have long since gone beyond extending the life of urban trees to improving stormwater management. This webinar will present new perspectives on the benefits of biochar use in urban environments.

Henry Kuppen, an arboricultural consultant, and Managing Director of Terra Nostra, has been conducting research related to tree growth with biochar for the past three years. He will discuss various case studies outlining the use of biochar in planting new trees, transplanting of a nearly 100 year old trees and improving the growing environment of mature trees in Dutch metropolitan areas.

Minneapolis, MN has become a leader in urban uses of biochar thanks to the efforts of Jim Doten. Under Jim’s guidance biochar has been used to restore trees stressed from road salt, and to filter E.coli and PFAS contaminants.  He has worked in collaboration with researchers at the Natural Resource Research Institute to understand biochar variability for different end uses. Jim will discuss the experiences to date as well as Minneapolis’ future plans for local biochar production.

COST: Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members.

To view:

IBI Members: Members may download the slides and view the presentation here by logging into your membership accounts then either proceed to the Members’ Only website (scroll down to the ‘IBI Webinar Presentations and Questions’ section) or return to this page for the links to appear.

Non-IBI Members: Non-IBI members may register here for a $40 fee.

Henry Kuppen

Henry Kuppen is managing director of Terra Nostra, consultancy and knowledge centre for trees and soil in The Netherlands and has more than 30 years of experience in the tree-care sector. Henry is an innovator and develops solutions for (practical) management and policy related issues for trees in the urban environment.

Jim Doten

Jim is a licensed Professional Geologist with 35 years of experience in the environmental field. In addition to his undergraduate degree in Geology, Jim has a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management. He has over 20 years of consulting experience and has been at the City of Minneapolis Health Department for the past 11 years. Jim spent a year in southern Afghanistan with the Army National Guard as a Hydrologist on an Agri-Business Development Team. It was during this time that he first looked at biochar to improve soil health in the region. Jim has continued his biochar was with the City of Minneapolis.

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James MacPhail, Moderator

James is a Fellow and the Biochar Lead with The Climate Map. He is also the Managing Director of Sequest Ltd and serves as a Commercial Advisor to Carbon Gold.

Using his qualifications from the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester – James has developed a wealth of technical knowledge over the last decade about the use of carbon-rich soil amendments based on biochar. Taking waste stream biomass to create products, which offset carbon in an environmentally benign way, directly benefiting adherence to modern environmental, social and governance principles.

For more information:

For more information or if you have any questions about registration please email Caroline Peat at cpeat@ttcorp.com.

Want to become an IBI member?  Visit our membership page to help support IBI.

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The Potential for Biochar to Enhance Sustainability in the Dairy Industry

01/28/2021

The Potential for Biochar to Enhance Sustainability in the Dairy Industry

January 28, 2021 – 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET (US)

The dairy industry is facing increased pressure to reduce impacts on air and water quality, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions such as methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2) is increasingly urgent. Regulations are increasingly causing farmers to build larger facilities or buy more land to handle excess nutrients. At the same time, the industry has been hit hard by a number of different challenges.

New methods of reducing emissions on dairy farms include the production and use of biochar, a solid material obtained from the thermochemical conversion of biomass in an oxygen-limited environment. Biochar can be used as a product itself or as an ingredient within a blended product, to improve soil properties and/or resource use efficiency, to remediate and/or protect against environmental pollution, and as an avenue for GHG mitigation (IBI 2013). Biochar also offers the possibility of large-scale carbon sequestration which may lead to increased revenues for farmers of all types as carbon marketplaces begin to embrace biochar as a carbon removal product.

This webinar is a review of a paper published last year of the same name by Kathleen Draper & Shannan Sweet and funded by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. Shannan will highlight some ways that biochar is being or could be incorporated on dairy farms to improve overall economic and environmental impacts. While additional benefits and uses could accrue to the entire supply chain for milk, cheese any other milk-based products, this paper focuses solely on the dairy farm itself. It reviews different entry points for biochar from its use as a feed additive, to feed storage component, bedding additive, or manure management component. It also discussed converting manure directly into biochar as a manure management strategy that could reduce storage costs and GHG emissions.

Steve McCorkle, AgWaste solutions will discuss their technology which converts dairy manure into biochar and jet fuel. Greg Campbell, V-Grid Energy, will discuss how their technology can be utilized on dairy farms to generate renewable and lower cost electricity use to run fans in hot climates while also producing biochar which can be used as animal feed or bedding substrates.

COST: Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members.

To view:

IBI Members: Members may view the presentation slides and a recording by first logging into your membership accounts then proceed to either the Members’ Only website (scroll down to the ‘Upcoming Webinars’ section) or return to this page for the members access link to appear.

Non-IBI Members: Non-IBI members may view the slides and webinar recording for a $40 fee.  Click here for the payment link.

Shannan Sweet

Shannan Sweet is a postdoctoral researcher in the Lehmann Lab at Cornell University. Her research focuses on climate change mitigation and resiliency. Her recent work includes investigating on-farm pyrolysis of dairy manure to not only address climate change but also make farms more resilient to extreme weather events, while simultaneously protecting the social and environmental wellbeing of local areas.

Stephen McCorkle

Steve McCorkle is founder and CEO of Ag Waste Solutions (AWS) and is the developer of AWS’ unique carbon regeneration solution and business model. Steve has over 35 years of successful international leadership experience, with a large part of that experience earned while managing energy and technology businesses for Schlumberger Limited – the world’s leading service and technology supplier to the oil and gas industry. Steve’s interest in regenerating waste carbon into clean burning transportation fuels developed while exploring for oil and gas in remote deserts in the Middle East. He served as Board Chair of the Animal & Poultry Waste Management Center (APWMC) at North Carolina State University as he developed the AWS technology solution for distributed micro biorefineries on animal farms. Steve decided to implement the AWS solution in Southern California first because the region represents the most stringent regulatory environment in the world.

Mr. McCorkle holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and an Executive MBA from the University of Houston.

Greg Campbell

Greg Campbell is the CEO of VGrid Energy Systems, Inc., a renewable energy company in the ag space. He is a successful entrepreneur who has taken two previous companies in the technology space through IPOs and successful acquisition. Greg did his undergraduate degree at Cambridge University in engineering and earned his doctorate in applied plasma physics at UCLA.

Kathleen Draper, Moderator

Kathleen is the Board Chair of the International Biochar Initiative. She is also the US Director of the Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence. The Institute is an open source network focusing on beneficial carbon sequestration strategies which simultaneously provide economic development opportunities both in the developed and developing world. In 2020 she helped launch C-interest, a start-up focused on creating biochar based composite materials. She has written extensively about various topics related to biochar and is a co-author of the book “Terra Preta: How the World’s Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change and Reduce World Hunger” and “BURN: Using Fire to Cool the Earth”.

For more information:

For more information or if you have any questions about registration please email Caroline Peat at cpeat@ttcorp.com.

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A verified biochar-based solution for the reduction of cadmium uptake in Cacao

07/21/2020

A verified biochar-based solution for the reduction of cadmium uptake in Cacao

July 21, 2020 – 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET (US)

Food safety is critical to good health and well-being, one of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury in food are a growing concern as these can lead to increased risks for cancer, neurological and reproductive issues, compromised immune systems, and damage to kidneys, lungs, the liver and more. The source for these heavy metals in soils used to grow food or pasture animals is sometimes naturally occurring but often the cause is anthropogenic; smelting from mining, industrial wastewater mismanagement, coal-fired power plants to name just a few.

The European Union – the main export market for fine grade Peruvian cacao – recently established new limits for cadmium content in cacao (Regulation 488/2014, January 1, 2019).   Given high levels of cadmium in parts of Peru, this new regulation is having a strong negative impact on the Peruvian Cacao Industry including important social dimensions since cacao cultivation is generally performed by small scale farmers that constitute one of the most economically vulnerable segments of the Peruvian population.

To address the problem, a very large field trial in an already established Cacao orchard in the North of Peru (Piura) was undertaken with financial support from Innovate Peru.  In addition to testing biochar, a range of different potential remediation solutions were also trialled to give the experiment a comparative element.  The results demonstrate the superiority of biochar-based solutions.  Cost-effective applications of biochar can reduce cadmium uptake in cacao by 50-80%.  This in turn demonstrates that application of biochar at scale has the potential to reopen the European market to Peruvian cacao.   Dr. Brenton Ladd will discuss the progress toward achieving this larger goal and the implications for other crops impacted by metal toxicity.

COST: Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members.

To Register:

IBI Members: Members may view the presentation slides and a recording by first logging into your membership accounts then proceed to either the Members’ Only website (scroll down to the ‘Upcoming Webinars’ section) or return to this page for the members access link to appear.

Non-IBI Members: Non-IBI members may view the slides and webinar recording for a $40 fee.  Click here for the payment link.

Brenton Mark Ladd

Brenton is on the Board of the International Biochar Initiative. He is also a research professor at the Universidad Cientifica del Sur in Lima, Peru.  Biochar has been a focus of his research since 2012 and he coordinated the south American component of the biochar 4 Sustainable Soils project.  His biochar research has focused heavily on the practicalities of production technologies and the development of biochar formulations that are optimized for addressing specific environmental challenges.

Kathleen Draper, Moderator

Kathleen is the Board Chair of the International Biochar Initiative. She is also the US Director of the Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence. The Institute is an open source network focusing on beneficial carbon sequestration strategies which simultaneously provide economic development opportunities both in the developed and developing world. In 2020 she helped launch C-interest, a start-up focused on creating biochar based composite materials. She has written extensively about various topics related to biochar and is a co-author of the book “Terra Preta: How the World’s Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change and Reduce World Hunger” and “BURN: Using Fire to Cool the Earth”.

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For more information:

For more information or if you have any questions about registration please email Caroline Peat at cpeat@ttcorp.com.

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Biochar’s Debut on Blockchain Carbon Removal Markets

06/09/2020

Biochar’s Debut on Blockchain Carbon Removal Markets

June 9, 2020 – 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET (US)

In order to limit global warming below catastrophic levels, significant emission reductions are essential but by no means sufficient. We must capture and safely store billions of tons of CO2 over the next decades. To do that we need carbon sinks. Carbon sinks are fundamentally different to emission reductions. Scalable and readily available nature-based technologies are rare but include:

  • Carbon forestry
  • Soil organic carbon
  • Biochar

Many carbon markets already exist that focused on emission reductions. However, few distinguish carbon sinks from emission reduction projects (e.g. renewable energy). In addition, existing schemes are often vague as far as the longevity of carbon sequestration. Measurability, verifiability of carbon credits is often weak and therefore may create a lack of trust. Many of the existing markets are currently oversupplied and require additionality which is relevant in the world of offsets, but not for negative emission technologies (NET). In contrast to other carbon markets, carbonfuture offers:

  • Only verifiable carbon sinks (no offsets for carbon reductions)
  • Carbon sink stability of more than 100 years
  • Guaranteed unalterable documentation and end-to-end auditability on the carbonfuture Blockchain

In the webinar co-founders Hannes Junginger and Andres Hoelzl will provide an overview of the carbonfuture platform and value chain. They will present the reward system for participants and the methodology of the underlying sink certification process for biochar.

Carbonfuture is an open platform for all participants that welcomes participation from biochar producers, brokers, end-users and those looking to neutralize their emissions.

COST: Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members.

IBI Members: Members may view the presentation slides and recording by first logging into your membership accounts then proceed to either the Members’ Only website (scroll down to the ‘Upcoming Webinars’ section) or return to this page for the members access link to appear.

Non-IBI Members: Non-IBI members may view the slides and webinar recording for a $40 fee here.

Hannes Junginger

Hannes gained broad professional experience in Financial Engineering and Risk Management at various financial institutions. While at EY he managed consulting and audit projects for large global banks. At carbonfuture, he passionately devotes his professional expertise to climate protection.

Andreas Hoelzl
Trained as a Geologist, Andreas studied climate throughout geological timescales. He is the co-owner of one of the first zero emission houses in Germany. As part of his decade long work experience in the Software industry, he co-founded an award-winning travel app that was acquired by Apple. Living and working in Silicon Valley, he is connected throughout the tech and social impact scene.

Kathleen Draper, Moderator

Kathleen is the Board Chair of the International Biochar Initiative. She is also the US Director of the Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence. The Institute is an open source network focusing on beneficial carbon sequestration strategies which simultaneously provide economic development opportunities both in the developed and developing world. In 2020 she helped launch C-interest, a start-up focused on creating biochar based composite materials. She has written extensively about various topics related to biochar and is a co-author of the book “Terra Preta: How the World’s Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change and Reduce World Hunger” and “BURN: Using Fire to Cool the Planet”.

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For more information:

For more information or if you have any questions about registration please email Caroline Peat at cpeat@ttcorp.com.

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IBI Educational Webinar Series: Biochar Use in Asphalt

05/13/2020

Biochar Use in Asphalt

May 13, 2020 – 9:00 – 10:30 am ET (US)

Tens of thousands of kilometers of roads are built or rebuilt around the planet every year. For the past six years, road building company CarbonCor, has been piloting the use of different types of biochar in roads built in Malaysia, Thailand and most recently in Australia. They have developed road building materials that can sink up to 30 tons of biochar into 1 kilometer of road. At these rates, asphalt could potentially be a larger market for biochar than soils!

Beyond safely storing carbon for the foreseeable future, roads built using biochar are stronger, cheaper and can be built faster. This webinar will outline the environmental and economic benefits of using biochar inn CarbonCor’s environmentally friendly cold asphalt premix. CarbonCor’s Andre van Zyl has been building roads for decades; he will discuss the use of biochar to stabilize soils for roads as well as in the asphalt itself.

Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members.

To Register:

Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the slides and webinar for free, please log in first, then visit the Members’ Only website (scroll down to the ‘Upcoming Webinars’ Section) or return to this page for the members access link to appear. Non-IBI members may register here to receive access to the slides and recording for a $40 fee.

Andre van Zyl

Andre Van Zyl graduated in 1986 as a Chemical Engineer from the Vaal University of Technology in South Africa. He has substantial experience in process plant design and implementation for the steel, water treatment, mineral processing and mining industry in Africa, Asia and South America. For the past 15 years he has focused substantially and has acquired specialized knowledge and skills in road surfacing technology especially in the development and manufacturing and installation of environmentally friendly emulsified cold road premix material for new urban and remote infrastructure development areas. During the last 4 years, he has been instrumental in the further development and re-design of the Carboncor Technology to suite specific climatic, geotechnical and soil conditions as viable and cost-effective road products in the ASIA region.

Kathleen Draper, Moderator
Kathleen is IBI’s Chair of the Board of Directors. She is also the US Director of the

Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence. The Institute is an open source network focusing on beneficial carbon sequestration strategies which simultaneously provide economic development opportunities both in the developed and developing world. She is an editor and writer for The Biochar Journal, sponsored by the Ithaka Institute. Kathleen also works with various different universities and individuals on projects that are investigating the use of biochar in cement and other building and packaging products to develop products with lower embodied carbon which can be made from locally available organic waste. She has written extensively about various topics related to biochar and is a co-author of the book “Terra Preta: How the World’s Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change and Reduce World Hunger” and “BURN: Using Fire to Cool the Earth”.

For more information:

For more information or if you have any questions about registration please email Caroline Peat at cpeat@ttcorp.com.

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USFS Webinar: Biochar Production Technologies

04/14/2020

The U.S. Forest Service, within the Department of Agriculture, is sponsoring “Biochar: What is it?” as part of its monthly biochar webinar series.

What will you learn?

This webinar will cover information on biochar related to slash pile building, on-site conversion (including small mobile units), bioenergy facilities, saw mills, compost facilities and more. This webinar is the second presentation in an 11-part monthly webinar series created by the USDA Forest Service. . learn more here…

PRESENTATION SLIDES

Presenters/Authors:

Tom Miles, US Biochar Initiative

Session Details:

April 14, 2020 11:00 am US/Eastern   Duration: 01:00 (hh:mm)

*** Please join the session 15 minutes prior to the start of the webinar. ***

This webinar will be recorded and posted back to the Webinar Portal for on-demand viewing within a week. CEUs are available for on-demand webinars when applicable.

Who should participate?

  • Foresters
  • Natural Resource Professionals

IBI Educational Webinar Series: Biochar and Forestry

03/24/2020

Biochar and Forestry

March 24, 2020 – 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET (US)

Woody debris is a prime feedstock that is often available for biochar in forested regions. Based in the Pacific Northwest USA, where abundant forestry residues are often burned for disposal, biochar consultant Kelpie Wilson has had the opportunity to experiment with different methods of making and using biochar from forestry and tree residues.

In this webinar, she will report on results from the field and provide economic and climate impact analysis of various biochar production opportunities using woody debris that she has analyzed for many clients including state and federal agencies, watershed councils, environmental groups and private companies.

To Access Webinar Recording:

Non-members may access the webinar and slides for a $40 fee by registering here.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the webinar for free, please log in first, then visit the Members’ Only website (scroll down to the ‘Upcoming Webinars’ Section) or return to this page for the members access link to appear. 

Kelpie Wilson, Wilson Biochar Associates

Kelpie Wilson is a writer and a mechanical engineer with a passion for wild nature and renewable energy. Throughout the 1990s, Kelpie was a forest protection advocate with the Siskiyou Regional Education Project, located in rural Oregon, where she lives off-grid and grows a large organic garden. She then turned to environmental journalism, where she learned about biochar. From 2008 to 2012 she worked for the International Biochar Initiative as a project developer and managed the multi-stakeholder process to create the first set of standards and testing guidelines for biochar. Since 2012, she has worked as an independent consultant on biochar production technologies and biochar markets for biochar companies, NGOs and government agencies. She pioneered development of the Flame Cap Kiln biochar production technology for use by forestry contractors and small farms, and presents many workshops each year bringing this technology to end users. She is a founding board member of the US Biochar Initiative (USBI).

Kathleen Draper, Moderator
Kathleen is IBI’s Chair of the Board of Directors. She is also the US Director of the Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence. The Institute is an open source network focusing on beneficial carbon sequestration strategies which simultaneously provide economic development opportunities both in the developed and developing world. She is an editor and writer for The Biochar Journal, sponsored by the Ithaka Institute. Kathleen also works with various different universities and individuals on projects that are investigating the use of biochar in cement and other building and packaging products to develop products with lower embodied carbon which can be made from locally available organic waste. She has written extensively about various topics related to biochar and is a co-author of the book “Terra Preta: How the World’s Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change and Reduce World Hunger” and “BURN: Using Fire to Cool the Earth”.

For more information:

For more information or if you have any questions about registration please email Caroline Peat at cpeat@ttcorp.com.

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USFS Webinar: Biochar: What is it?

03/19/2020

The U.S. Forest Service, within the Department of Agriculture, is sponsoring “Biochar: What is it?” as part of its monthly biochar webinar series.

What will you learn?

This webinar will cover basic information about biochar, types of char, biochar applications, environmental benefits, etc.. There will be a brief overview of production technologies too. This webinar is part of a monthly series on biochar created by the USDA Forest Service. learn more here / to register…

Presenters/Authors:

Debbie Page Dumroese, Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station

Session Details:

Mar 19, 2020 11:00 am US/Eastern   Duration: 01:00 (hh:mm)

*** Please join the session 15 minutes prior to the start of the webinar. ***

This webinar will be recorded and posted back to the Webinar Portal for on-demand viewing within a week. CEUs are available for on-demand webinars when applicable.

Who should participate?

  • Foresters
  • Natural Resource Professionals

IBI Educational Webinar Series: A regional model for forest biomass management, carbon drawdown, drought resiliency and nitrogen conservation

10/22/2019

A Regional model for forest biomass management, carbon drawdown, drought resiliency and nitrogen conservation

October 22, 2019 – 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET (US)

Forest management is critical for avoiding megafires and for supporting forest health. Transforming forest biomass into biochar and then using it to improve the long-term health of farmland soils can improve water conservation and sequester a significant amount of carbon safely and economically.

This webinar will showcase a plan designed to help California both reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires and achieve their goal to be carbon-neutral by 2045. It maps feedstock supply with a variety of potential end uses and calculates the potential Greenhouse Gas emissions and carbon drawdown potential. A model which can be used by other regions to determine the potential impact biochar could have for other states, countries and continents.

Josiah Hunt and Daniel Sanchez will provide an overview of this model and discuss the economic, environmental and drawdown opportunities being discussed in California.

To Access Webinar Recording:

Non-members may access the webinar and slides for a $40 fee by registering here.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the webinar for free, please log in first, then visit the Members’ Only website (scroll down to the ‘Upcoming Webinars’ Section) or return to this page for the members access link to appear. 

Presenters

Daniel Sanchez, PhD

Daniel L. Sanchez is an engineer and energy systems analyst studying the commercialization and deployment of energy technologies that remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Sanchez’s work and engagement spans the academic, nongovernmental, and governmental sectors. As an Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, he runs the Carbon Removal Lab, which aims to commercialize sustainable negative emissions technologies, and supports outreach to policymakers and technologists in California and across the United States. Prior to joining the faculty of UC Berkeley, Daniel was a AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow serving in the Office of Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO). He has previously held positions with the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Green for All, and the California Public Utilities Commission. He holds a PhD and MS from UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group, and a BSE in chemical and biomolecular engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Josiah Hunt
CEO, Pacific Biochar

Josiah Hunt graduated from UH Hilo in 2004 with a BS in Agroecology and Environmental Quality and is currently president and CEO of Pacific Biochar.  Starting from his rural home farm on the Big Island of Hawaii, he has helped to pioneer methods for biochar production, processing, and application in farming systems using organic and biological approaches since 2008. He is a U.S. Biochar Initiative Board Member.

Kathleen Draper, Moderator
Kathleen is a member of the IBI Board and Chair of IBI’s Information Hub. She is also the US Director of the Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence. The Institute is an open source network focusing on beneficial carbon sequestration strategies which simultaneously provide economic development opportunities both in the developed and developing world. She is an editor and writer for The Biochar Journal, sponsored by the Ithaka Institute. Kathleen also works with various different universities and individuals on projects that are investigating the use of biochar in cement and other building and packaging products to develop products with lower embodied carbon which can be made from locally available organic waste. She has written extensively about various topics related to biochar and is a co-author of the book “Terra Preta: How the World’s Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change and Reduce World Hunger” and “BURN: Using Fire to Cool the Planet”.

For more information:

For more information or if you have any questions about registration please email Caroline Peat at cpeat@ttcorp.com.

Want to become an IBI member?  Visit our membership page to help support IBI.

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