2012 US Biochar Conference

The United States Biochar Initiative (USBI) selected the Sonoma Biochar Initiative (SBI) in partnership with the Sonoma Ecology Center to host the 2012 US Biochar Conference in Sonoma County, California from July 29 to August 1, 2012.

2012 US Biochar ConferenceThe 2012 US Biochar Conference is designed to advance our understanding of the economic, science and policy issues related to biochar as both an amendment for soils as well as an agent to sequester carbon. California’s reputation for progressive policy and venture capital resources provide an excellent setting to showcase new innovative technologies like biochar. The conference is focused on practical results, especially regarding biochar use in agriculture.

Sonoma County is a prime location to visit in mid-summer. Tours will be available to local wineries and farms. The conference sessions will be held at Sonoma State University, where very reasonably priced three-night on-campus housing package is offered, others may choose to stay in nearby hotels. Scholarships may be available, especially for students and representatives from underserved communities.


SBI’s primary mission is to educate the wide range of affected stakeholders in the advantages of biochar as a key tool in Sonoma County (CA) to achieve both effective climate policy and program implementation and accelerated, sustainable agricultural productivity improvement. We promote biochar production and application as the “fast mitigation technology” cited in international climate talks. In pursuit of these objectives, SBI actively promotes policies at local, state and federal government levels to foster early adoption of biochar production and application through appropriate carbon valuation and funding; technology support; offset protocols; and clear ways to define and address regulatory hurdles.

SBI seeks to develop ongoing Sonoma County biochar demonstration projects designed to show the usefulness and viability of this emerging technology. Such projects include various components that together can link biochar production, GHG reduction, carbon sequestration, agricultural soil building and yield enhancement, water filtration, pollution mitigation, and energy cogeneration.