North American Biochar was held August 9 - 12, 2009 at the University of Colorado, Boulder CO, USA and was a huge success. The Center for Energy and Environmental Security (CEES) at the Colorado Law School hosted the event. The conference had 325 participants, with 18 sessions that were run over 3.5 days with 80 speaking contributors and 40 posters.
The general topics of policy, technology, environment, history, and business were covered in the specific areas of: climate science and biochar; USDA perspectives on biochar; soils; carbon valuation, certification and standards; production forest systems; soils remediation and amendments; characterization; policy perspectives round table; environment; production; Terra Preta; quantifying emissions; regional biochar groups; social implications; and international policy perspectives. Outside of the formal sessions working groups pushed forward agendas on characterization standards, a formal U.S.-based biochar initiative, and sustainability standards. Multiple businesses at scales from cook stove to refinery were able to share their knowledge and make connections to further their business efforts.
At this time, an open access website is currently in development, this will include: papers, posters, presentations, a directory, a photo gallery, and more. Please be patient while our IT staff constructs a resource that is strong enough to compliment the brilliant contributions of our contributors. http://cees.colorado.edu/northamericanbiochar.html
The Center for Energy and Environmental Security (CEES) would like to thank our co-hosts IBI, all of our sponsors, review committees, contributing authors, and participants. Without your dedication, our mutual goals of advancing biochar would not have been met. The compounding benefits of improved soils and remediated lands, carbon sequestration and energy generation based off of the ancient teachings of Terra Preta is truly an idea whose time has arrived (once again). Please join the IBI, CEES, and the rest of our working community as we work over the next year on international and U.S. policy, technology demonstration and deployment, and standards and best-practice development.
Warm Regards on Behalf of CEES
Jonah G Levine
University of Colorado-Boulder
Dual Appointment- Department of Electrical Engineering & Center for Energy and Environmental Security, School of Law
Sun, 08/09/2009 - 13:00 - Wed, 08/12/2009 - 18:00