PNW Biochar

PNW Biochar Meeting PNNL
John Miedema, May 3, 2009

An Invitation

On May 21st and 22nd, a regional Biochar meeting will be held at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland Washington. Please come and join in this important discussion and learning opportunity.

This summit has been organized by the PNW-Biochar Initiative to advance the idea of Biochar production and utilization as a means to employ surplus biomass to take carbon out of the atmosphere. Properly designed Biochar production has the ability to produce 3 key areas of benefit to people and the planet: thermal energy, soil fertility and carbon sequestration. Further benefits may be discovered in the remediation of watersheds, the creation of jobs in a sustainable industry, and ultimately, in biochar production as a tool to help mitigate global warming.

As long as we develop these projects mindfully --fully invested in complete carbon cycle evaluation--we can make a difference for future generations with biochar production.

Pacific Northwest Biochar
John Miedema, February 2009

Mission Statement
The PNW Biochar Initiative: to rigorously investigate biochar; advancing its' production, research and integration within whole systems as a means to mitigate global warming while producing green power and building soils; developing sustainability protocols, a field trials network and PNW conference

The Pacific Northwest is a fertile ground for promoting biochar as an essential tool in the mitigation of global warming and advancing the development of biochar as a soil enhancer. Not only does the PNW have the available biomass to support biochar production, this region has a unique culture of people with the talent and enthusiasm for sustainability-- capable of advancing the production, research and utilization of biochar.

Some topics we hope to address are:

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