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IBI Organization Members

IBI as a member-based organization is pleased to highlight our new Organization Member program created specifically for not for profit organizations and academic institutions. We appreciate the support of these organizations.

Alberta Biochar Initiative (ABI)

Lakeland College and Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) with assistance from Western Economic Diversification Canada and industry support have developed the Alberta Biochar Initiative. The ABI is intended to develop and demonstrate technologies that will enable the large scale commercial deployment of biochar products and biochar applications for the benefit of Albertans.

Established in Dec 2011, the ABI consists of small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs), industry, academia and government sharing information and producing and generating biochar for end-use applications including soil amendments, reclamation, remediation, horticultural growth media and conducting biochar lifecycle analysis for potential carbon sequestration applications. For more information, please contact Don Harfield at or go to:

“Biochar – Chicken Soup for the Soil”

Bambusa Global Ventures (BGV)

BGV rehabilitates an otherwise unmanaged resource of natural bamboo in rural Cambodia to provide maximum social, ecological, and economic benefits to the members of the rural forest communities and to protect and conserve the bamboo forests.

Our objectives are to:

  • Educate and empower local forest communities to manage natural bamboo into a sustainable economic model.
  • Implement top value chains and products from the natural bamboo.
  • Undertake partnerships to develop bamboo plantations to reduce carbon emissions and develop alternative energy sources.
  • Expand markets for bamboo products that value social impact, environmental stewardship, and balance of profits.


Cenipalma is a biochar based in Bogatá, Colombia.  Visit their website at


European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI)

The European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI), based at Aston University in Birmingham, develops and provides practical bioenergy solutions for companies and local authorities in the UK, Europe, and beyond.

EBRI delivers world-class research into all aspects of bioenergy.  EBRI has been established since 2007 and bioenergy research has been taking place at the University from as early as 1978.  EBRI was originally awarded 8.2 million pounds from the European Regional Development Fund to build a new world-class facility for West Midlands businesses working in bioenergy technologies and component supply chain manufacturers to try out, test, and get ready for market new products and processes within this field.


International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA)

ICBAThe International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) is an international, non-profit agricultural research center. Based in Dubai, the U.A.E, the center conducts applied research and development programs focused on improving agricultural productivity and sustainability in marginal and saline environments.

Established in 1999, ICBA takes innovation as one of its core principles and adopts a multi-pronged approach to addressing the closely-linked challenges of ensuring water, environment, income, food, and nutrition security.

The center’s research innovations focus on assessment of natural resources, climate change adaptation, crop productivity and diversification, aquaculture and bio-energy, and policy analysis. ICBA contributes to achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals (in particular SDGs 1, 7, 12 and 13) by working on a number of technologies and innovations, including the use of conventional and non-conventional water such as saline, treated wastewater, industrial water, agricultural drainage, and seawater; water and land management technologies; and remote sensing and modeling for climate change adaptation.

Improving the generation and dissemination of knowledge is one of ICBA’s strategic objectives and the center is committed to establishing itself as a knowledge hub on sustainable management and use of marginal resources for agricultural production and environmental protection in marginal environments.

ICBA’s work reaches many countries around the world, including the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia and the Caucasus, South and South-East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. For more information about ICBA, please visit

Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD)

IGSDIGSD's mission is to promote just and sustainable societies and to protect the environment by advancing the understanding, development, and implementation of effective, accountable, and democratic systems of governance for sustainable development.

IGSD's strategies focus on reducing non-CO2 climate pollutants--as a complement to cuts in CO2--by reducing other short-live climate pollutants (HFCs, black carbon, tropospheric ozone, and methane) in various venues primarily outside the UNFCCC, including the Montreal Protocol (ranked the most effective of all past climate mitigation strategies in a study published in The Economist), the Climate & Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, as well as through national and regional laws and regulations. IGSD’s strategies also include measures to capture, reuse, and store CO2 after it is emitted, including biosequestration and mineralization strategies that turn carbon dioxide into stable forms for long-term storage without competing with food supply.

Follow IGSD on Twitter for updates or see the website at

Lebanon Gasification Initiative (LGI)

The City of Lebanon Tennessee is now operating the world's largest Downdraft Gasifier.  Operations will produce between 2-3 tons daily of biochar.  This equates to a 40 yard roll-off container daily in volume.  We are seeking sources for consumption of the biochar.  We can produce, if needed, special blends for specific uses.  If interested, contact Scott McRae at 615-364-4806 or



Masonry Heater Association of North America (MHA)

The Masonry Heater Association of North America is a non-profit organization formed more than 30 years ago.  Its' current membership include, but is not limited to: masons of all skill levels, chimney and hearth professionals, manufacturers, retailers, bakers, homeowners, and curious craftsmen.  The Masonry Heater Association of North America has had members in every continent except for Africa and Antarctica.

The association's core mission goals, in no particular order, are to promote the industry, sponsor research and development, shape regulations and codes, inform and educate the public, and to further the expertise and professionalism of the membership.  These goals are pursued primarily through the designing, building, and testing of wood fueled heating, cooking, and baking appliances.  Many of these designs and their firing protocols can be adapted to maximize the production of charcoal, albeit on a small scale.

Producing charcoal and promoting its' use as biochar from masonry heaters and wood fired cooking appliances offer a very good opportunity for the MHA to compliment its' core values and future objectives, not the least of which is, to be relevant as a leader in the responsible use of wood as an energy source.


Wakefield Agricultural Carbon (WAC)

We think of "Wakefield" as a person...more to the point, Wakefield is someone who cares about the world and the people that make it great and we mean that sincerely.  Wakefield represents our company with a pure love for growing great gardens, tending beautiful yards and making the world a better place.  The whole concept of Better Soil. Better garden. Better World. is directly in line with Wakefield's sensibility.

So maybe you have a little bit of that 'Wakefield' swagger in you, too.  Do you want to have a great garden and do you wish you could do just a little more for our environment? Do you love to watch the tomatoes grow on the vine and do you love to see the flowers bloom in the spring? Maybe the idea of "carbon sequestration" seems like a deep dive back into a high school science class you wish you could forget but you understand the basics of it - put biochar into the soil so we don't put carbon dioxide into the air.  It's a win/win situtation.  Your backyard is gorgeous and your children's children's backyard gets a fighting chance, too.  If what we just described matches you even a little bit then you definitely have that swagger.

Biochar is the ultimate Think Globally. Act Locally. movement.  Please join us by finding the Wakefield inside of you.


York Region Environmental Alliance (YREA)

[LOGO]YREAYork Region Environmental Alliance (YREA), a registered Canadian charity, initially incorporated in 2002 to advocate for a ban on the cosmetic use of pesticides in Ontario. Since then we have continually expanded our mandate to address issues that impact our health the health of our planet. In collaboration with local municipalities, YREA's campaigns have included:

  • Organic lawn care that won't cost the earth
  • The idle-free community challenge
  • Our ecological footprint
  • Shop like the planet's watching
  • Clean rivers, clean lakes = clean drinking water

As a member of numerous groups including, Alberta Biochar Initiative, International Biochar Initiative, Ontario Clean Air Alliance, Ontario Urban Forest Council, Ontario Zero Waste Coalition, Organic Council of Ontario, YREA's activities reflect concerns such as incineration, waste reduction, sustainable agriculture and climate change. During community outreach events we raise awareness of the benefits of industrial hemp farming. Since 2012 YREA has mainly focused on expanding its biochar knowledge base and worked with consultant Peter Hirst, of New England Biochar, University of Guelph and York Region Forestry to initiate agricultural and urban tree research. Given some very positive field trial results, YREA plans to:

  • Establish a non-profit biochar social enterprise venture as a way to generate revenue for the development of our programs and to ensure organizational stability
  • Market and provide biochar to local sectors within a 100 mile carbonshed radius
  • Continue and expand local biochar research and uses

Subsidize the growing of industrial hemp by purchasing hemp stalk biomass. See YREA on the Web at and sign up for its newsletters, or follow YREA on Facebook at