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.

Upcoming Webinars

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 Register:

*Free to IBI Members or $40 for Non-Members

Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar.

Non-members may register here for the webinar for a $40 fee.  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 registration 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.

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Archive

Feeding Biochar to Cows to Improve Soil Fertility and Farm Productivity

09/20/2017

September 20, 2017 • 5:00 – 6:30 pm EST

Feeding biochar to livestock has been a growing area of interest due to the many potential benefits which have been highlighted by various studies around the world.  This webinar features Doug Pow, a farmer from Western Australia, who has taken the research out of the labs and into the fields.  In one of the longest studies on biochar used as livestock feed, Doug has collaborated with Dr. Stephen Jospeh, a long-time biochar researcher as well as a number of other researchers to document the benefits so that other farmers in Australia and around the world can learn from his experiences. This webinar will discuss how and how much biochar is fed to cattle, the beetles that help to deliver the biochar deeper into the soil profile and the benefits that livestock farmers can derive from feeding biochar to livestock.  Stephen will provide an overview of rumen processes and how biochar interacts with the rumen.  He will discuss previous biochar research involving cows, poultry, pigs, and goats including feed lot trials and he will talk about detailed science around development of new ‘fit for purpose’ biochars for feeding to animals.

Cost?

Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members. (Not a member yet? Click here to join and get webinars free for a year, and lots of other benefits!)

To Access:

Non-members may purchase access to the archived webinar for a $40 fee as soon as the webinar is posted.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the webinar for free, please log in first and return to this page for the members registration link to appear. 

Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar. If you need assistance, please email us at info@biochar-international.org.

Speakers

Past, Present & Future of IBI & the Biochar Industry

08/23/2017

August 23, 2017 • 1:00- 2:30pm EST

The biochar industry has been gaining momentum around the world over the past few years and IBI’s role in the industry has been evolving along with that growth. IBI’s Chairman of the Board, Tom Miles and Board Member Kathleen Draper will discuss IBI’s history, mission and vision for the biochar industry. IBI’s goals, expectations, services and potential projects will also be reviewed along with a discussion on many of the changes happening within the industry including various production technologies, new market opportunities and evolving business models.

This webinar also seeks to survey participants to understand how IBI can best engage and support individual, organizational and business members as well as governments and NGOs.  This webinar also provides an opportunity for members and non-members to provide input, suggestions and concerns directly to the IBI Board.

Cost?

Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members. (Not a member yet? Click here to join and get webinars free for a year, and lots of other benefits!)

To Access:

Non-members may purchase access to the archived webinar for a $40 fee as soon as the webinar is posted.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the webinar for free, please log in first and return to this page for the members registration link to appear. 

Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar. If you need assistance, please email us at info@biochar-international.org.

Speakers

Stockholm Biochar Project

06/28/2017

June 28, 2017 • 1:00- 2:30pm EST

The Stockholm Biochar Project was one of the winners of the Mayors Challenge funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies.  Prize money has helped fund the 1st of 5 planned facilities to convert urban green waste into heat and biochar which opened earlier this year. Once all five plants are operational, the city will be producing 7,000 tons of biochar per year while contributing heat to the city’s district heating system.  City residents will be able to get bags of biochar in exchange for taking their organic waste to the processing facilities.

Mattais Gustaffson is the Project Manager and will provide an overview of the project to date as well as lessons learned and recommendations for others interested in replicating their efforts in other cities – to date they have had inquiries from nearly 100 other cities interested in carbonizing greenwaste.

Cost?

Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members. (Not a member yet? Click here to join and get webinars free for a year, and lots of other benefits!)

To Access:

Non-members may purchase access to the archived webinar for a $40 fee as soon as the webinar is posted.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the webinar for free, please log in first and return to this page for the members registration link to appear. 

Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar. If you need assistance, please email us at info@biochar-international.org.

Speakers

Building Materials and Composites

05/23/2017

May 23, 2017 • 5:00 – 6:30 pm EST

While the use of biochar as a soil amendment has been researched for more than a decade, the use of carbonized biomass in building materials and other composites is just beginning to flourish.  Not only can carbon be sequestered in building materials, but using biochar can lower the embodied energy of such materials.  Importantly various properties of the building materials and composites can be enhanced when biochar is added to cement and other materials.  This Webinar brings together three of the leaders in the field of biochar use in building materials and composites to provide a glimpse into the latest research on this topic. This webinar will be of interest to architects, urban planners, the construction industry, as well biochar producers, researchers, climate researchers and more.  An interactive Q&A period will follow at the end of the Webinar.

Cost?

Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members. (Not a member yet? Click here to join and get webinars free for a year, and lots of other benefits!)

To Access:

Non-members may purchase access to the archived webinar for a $40 fee as soon as the webinar is posted.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the webinar for free, please log in first and return to this page for the members registration link to appear. 

Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar. If you need assistance, please email us at info@biochar-international.org.

Speakers

Sewage Sludge & Biochar

04/26/2017

April 26, 2017 • 1:00- 2:30pm EST

As the world’s population continues to increase, our need to find sustainable methods of managing human waste becomes increasingly more important.  Carbonizing waste through pyrolysis or gasification offers some significant advantages over other common waste management practices including substantial reductions in the overall volume of waste, nutrient recovery, renewable energy production, reducing GHG emissions related to wastewater management, immobilization of toxins, to name a few. This webinar will be of interest to wastewater treatment managers both in the developed and developing world, biochar producers, researchers, climate researchers and more.  An interactive Q&A period will follow at the end of the Webinar.

Cost?

Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members. (Not a member yet? Click here to join and get webinars free for a year, and lots of other benefits!)

To Access:

Non-members may purchase access to the archived webinar for a $40 fee as soon as the webinar is posted.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the webinar for free, please log in first and return to this page for the members registration link to appear. 

Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar. If you need assistance, please email us at info@biochar-international.org.

Speakers

Biochar Analytical Methods

03/27/2017

March 27, 2017  •  4:30 – 6:00pm EST

The soon-to-be-released book “Biochar: A Guide to Alalytical Methods” provides procedures and guidelines for biochar characterization as well as backgrounds for the various proposed techniques and procedures.  Dr. Balwant Singh is one of the lead editors for this book and will highlight some of the most useful information from this book including the proper way to obtain samples and a selection of analytical techniques.  He will address proximate & elemental analysis, as well as testing of pH, electrical conductivity, liming potential, and cation exchange capacity.  This webinar will be of interest to biochar producers, researchers, laboratories and more.  An interactive Q&A period will follow Dr. Singh’s presentation.

Cost?

Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members. (Not a member yet? Click here to join and get webinars free for a year, and lots of other benefits!)

To Access:

Non-members may purchase access to the archived webinar for a $40 fee as soon as the webinar is posted.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the webinar for free, please log in first and return to this page for the members registration link to appear. 

Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar. If you need assistance, please email us at info@biochar-international.org.

Speakers

Compost & Biochar

02/27/2017

February 27, 2017 • 1:00- 2:30pm EST

The economic and environmental benefits of co-composting and blending biochar and compost have been proven not just in academic research but also by businesses in the composting industry.  This webinar provides both a scientific and industry perspective of these benefits. Attendees will learn what feedstocks are best used for composts versus biochars, what production parameters produce the best biochars for compost blending and co-composting, the impact of co-composting and blending on biochar properties, N losses, compost mineralization and on greenhouse gas emissions. They will also hear from an expert from the composting industry with several years of successful trials and market experience with mixing compost and biochar.

Cost?

Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members. (Not a member yet? Click here to join and get webinars free for a year, and lots of other benefits!)

To Access:

Non-members may purchase access to the archived webinar for a $40 fee as soon as the webinar is posted.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the webinar for free, please log in first and return to this page for the members registration link to appear. 

Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar. If you need assistance, please email us at info@biochar-international.org.

Speakers

A Classification System for Biochars Applied to Soils

01/30/2017

January 30, 2017    1:00 – 2:00pm EST

The International Biochar Initiative (IBI) is relaunching its biochar education webinar series where experts from around the globe will bring you the latest research and developments on biochar, biochar production technologies, biochar business models and market opportunities.

First in the series is a webinar that reviews a biochar classification system aimed at optimizing the sustainable use of biochar in agriculture. This classification system builds upon biochar product definition and testing guidelines developed by IBI and the European Biochar Foundation, as well as including IBI’s biochar carbon stability methodology. This system enables stakeholders and commercial entities to identify the most suitable biochar to fulfil the requirements for a particular soil and/or land use. The potential effects of biochar in soils have been classified into five categories including: (i) carbon storage value, (ii) fertiliser value, (iii) liming value, (iv) particle-size, and (v) use in soil-less agriculture.

Cost?

Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members. (Not a member yet? Click here to join and get webinars free for a year, and lots of other benefits!)

To Access:

Non-members may purchase access to the archived webinar for a $40 fee as soon as the webinar is posted.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the webinar for free, please log in first and return to this page for the members registration link to appear. 

Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar. If you need assistance, please email us at info@biochar-international.org.

Speakers

Frontiers in Biochar Science

01/01/2016

Presented by Dr. David Laird

Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members. (Not a member yet? Click here to join and get webinars free for a year, and lots of other benefits!)

To Access:

Non-members may purchase access to the archived webinar for a $40 fee as soon as the webinar is posted.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the webinar for free, please log in first and return to this page for the members registration link to appear. 

IBI Certified Biochar Production

12/01/2015

IBI Certified Biochar Production by Community Power Corporation in California

Presented by Mr. Jim Diebold

Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members. (Not a member yet? Click here to join and get webinars free for a year, and lots of other benefits!)

To Access:

Non-members may purchase access to the archived webinar for a $40 fee as soon as the webinar is posted.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the webinar for free, please log in first and return to this page for the members registration link to appear. 

Notes

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