International Biochar Initiative Educational Webinar Series:

A regional model for forest biomass management, carbon drawdown, drought resiliency, and nitrogen conservation
October 22, 2019 , 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET (Eastern Time - United States)

Forest management is critical for avoiding megafires and for supporting forest health. Transforming forest biomass into biochar and then using it to improve the long-term health of farmland soils can improve water conservation and sequester a significant amount of carbon safely and economically.

This webinar will showcase a plan designed to help California both reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires and achieve their goal to be carbon-neutral by 2045. It maps feedstock supply with a variety of potential end uses and calculates the potential Greenhouse Gas emissions and carbon drawdown potential. A model which can be used by other regions to determine the potential impact biochar could have for other states, countries and continents.

Josiah Hunt and Daniel Sanchez will provide an overview of this model and discuss the economic, environmental and drawdown opportunities being discussed in California.

*IBI Members can view this webinar for free via the Members' Only website.  If you are not a member or need to renew your membership, click here: If you have issues renewing your membership status, please send an email to: [email protected]. For other registration-related questions, please send an email to [email protected].

Alternatively, non-IBI Members may attend for a non-member rate of $40.  Upon completion of this form and successful payment processing, you will receive a link to view the August 9th webinar.


Daniel Sanchez, PhD Engineer and Energy Systems Analyst

Daniel L. Sanchez is an engineer and energy systems analyst studying the commercialization and deployment of energy technologies that remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Sanchez’s work and engagement spans the academic, nongovernmental, and governmental sectors. As an Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, he runs the Carbon Removal Lab, which aims to commercialize sustainable negative emissions technologies, and supports outreach to policymakers and technologists in California and across the United States. Prior to joining the faculty of UC Berkeley, Daniel was a AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow serving in the Office of Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO). He has previously held positions with the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Green for All, and the California Public Utilities Commission. He holds a PhD and MS from UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group, and a BSE in chemical and biomolecular engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Josiah Hunt CEO, Pacific Biochar

Josiah Hunt graduated from UH Hilo in 2004 with a BS in Agroecology and Environmental Quality and is currently president and CEO of Pacific Biochar. Starting from his rural home farm on the Big Island of Hawaii, he has helped to pioneer methods for biochar production, processing, and application in farming systems using organic and biological approaches since 2008. He is a U.S. Biochar Initiative Board Member.

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 with 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" and “BURN: Using Fire to Cool the Planet”.


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