Speaker

Will Bakx

Will Bakx started composting in 1982 as a student at Sonoma State University. He started Sonoma Compost Company in 1985 composting agricultural discards. Since 1993 he has been director of product development and soil scientist with his company to be one of the most recognized compost facilities in the state diverting over 1,400,000 tons of yard trimmings from the landfill.

Erich J. Knight

Erich J. Knight, an ornamental gardener of 32 years, has spent the last six years advocating for thermal conversion of biomass. He has been directly involved in several projects concerning soil carbon at James Madison University, as well as conference planing & presentations at ISU and CU Boulder.

Mike Rocke

Mike Rocke is Vice President of Corporate Development for CoolPlanetBioFuels, which produces a negative-carbon gasoline blend from non-food renewable biomass through thermocatalytic processing. The firm’s business model is to build, sell, and operate modular fuel refineries that produce gasoline in close proximity to biomass, which in turn is sold to major refiners who need low- and negative-carbon gasoline inputs. The company is currently producing and testing fuel that meets the California 2020 Low Carbon Fuel Standard in conventional automobiles. Mike has previous experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Intel Corporation, and Transonic Combustion.

John Bonitz

John Bonitz's profession began as an award winning solid waste & recycling manager. Graduate studies in climate policy brought him to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), where he analyzed cost-effective renewable energy technologies. His work in sustainable agriculture addressed the challenges of financing. With the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, John works to ensure that bioenergy is developed sustainably.

Peter Hirst

After retiring from a career in energy and natural resources, Peter founded New England Biochar with Bob Wells in 2009, and has been manufacturing, consulting, training and presenting on biochar use and production ever since.

Yanxue Han

Yanxue Han, from Beijing Forestry University, studied in USDA-ARS/ERRC as a joint phD student with A.A.Boateng, my major is sustainable bio-fuels and co-products, especially the utilization of bio-char including activated biocarbon production and soil amendment.

Richard J. Frankel, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard J. Frankel, is a professional environmental engineer with over 30 years of experience in industrial environmental management and pollution control systems (air, water, and wastes), Cleaner Production, environmental compliance auditing, environmental monitoring, and environmental & social impact assessment. He has planned and directed capacity building programs on “sustainable development” for government officials and staff in the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment and in the Ministry of Industry & Commerce in Lao PDR, and is currently assisting the Ministry of Environment in Cambodia in drafting a new EIA Law.

Jonah Levine

Jonah holds degrees in biology and engineering and has work with biochar at universities, non profit organisations and for profit companies. Currently Jonah is a partner with Biochar Solutions Inc. managing material and equipment production and logistics. In 2009 Jonah was the Chair of the NA Biochar Conference and since that time has played a supporting role for USBI.

David Laird, Ph.D.

David Laird is a professor in the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University. He is author and co-author of 79 refereed journal articles and 13 book chapters. His research interests include the impact of biochar on soil quality, the stability of biochar in soils, and the impact of biochar on greenhouse gas emissions.

Jason Aramburu

Jason Aramburu is the founder and CEO of re:char. He studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. He previously worked as a tropical ecologist in Panama through the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. He is an Echoing Green Fellow, a Pop!Tech Fellow and one of Business Week's Top 25 Social Entrepreneurs in America.

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