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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”

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


York Region Environmental Alliance (YREA)

York 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