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IBI Educational Webinar Series: Land Remediation and Biochar

Tue, 05/08/2018
Brian Schorr

June 5, 2018 • 12:00 - 1:30 pm ET

Land degradation is an increasing threat to food security, water potability and human health.  Anthropogenic causes of land degradation include mining, drilling, industrial pollution, urbanization, deforestation, poor agricultural practices and more.  Coupled with natural causes such as erosion and desertification, arable land on the planet is becoming ever more scarce.  Over the past several years, on-going research and an increasing number of in-field trials have demonstrated that biochar is able to successfully regenerate exhausted or polluted lands.

This webinar will feature two biochar researchers that have focused on this topic; Dr. Suzanne Allaire and Chris Peltz.  They will discuss key findings from their research and trials using biochar to reclaim lands that, due to different anthropogenic or natural causes, have led to erosion, leaching of toxins and an inability to grow vegetation.

Suzanne will discuss experimental results using biochar in combination with other materials, plants and bacteria in gold mines in Canada.  This will include certain problems which may occur when in using biochar in these areas.

Chris Peltz will cover several case studies where biochar has been used, including an oil and gas well-paid site near Vernal UT, and open-pit gold mine in Eureka, NV, and hard-rock mines near Silverton, CO.


Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members

To Register:

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

IBI Members register here (go to the upcoming webinars section).  Your event link will be emailed to you after successful confirmation about your membership status.

Non-IBI members register here.


Dr. Suzanne Allaire

Suzanne Allaire, Ph.D. has been working in environmental science for more than 25 years.  She has collaborated with a wide range of industries, private companies, government agencies and research institutions to reduce the impact of humans on the environment by adding value to residues, protecting soil and improving carbon balances; the last 13 years being mainly on biochar and pyrolysis of residues.  She has worked as a full professor at Laval University for 16 years, then developed her own business.

As owner of GECA Environnement, she works as an expert on biochar, pyrolysis products and their markets along with optimisation of their properties for their best usages.  She supports municipalities, companies and organizations in various aspects of pyrolysis projects such as selection of technology, market development, R&D, project management, biochar analyzes and uses, quality control, etc.

She is a board member of the International Biochar Initiative and has written over 500 publications related to environment, given hundreds of lectures in various countries.

Chris Peltz, MS
Watershed Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins

Chris is an environmental scientist focusing on the science and practice of restoring disturbed lands.  In addition to an in conjunction with his work on biochar he has worked in land use planning, wetland delineation, water quality analysis, mine land remediation, and soil remediation.


Moderator: Kathleen Draper

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 that 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".


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