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A link to the presentation slides is at the end of each summary.


The CBES Forums for June consisted of three separate events. First:

Amy Fletcher, an Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.  Dr. Fletcher’s topic was titled Engaging Extinction:  De-Extinction, Sustainability and Society.  De-extinction is a new and controversial approach to sustainability that foresees using advanced biotechnologies to reverse the biodiversity crisis and perhaps even to resurrect extinct species.

Click here for abstract - For More about Amy Fletcher click here

Chris Lituma spoke at the CBES Forum on June 29th. Chris is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Center for Native Grasslands Management, Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His talk is titled Multi-scale Assessment of Wildlife Sustainability in Switchgrass Biofuel Feedstock Production.

Click here for abstract - For more about Chris Lituma click here

The third and last CBES Forum speakers for June were Kevin Comer and Tim Clark of the Antares Group. The title of their talk was BALES Project Overview and Corn Stover Harvest Data Collection Progress, Plans, and Issues.

Click here for abstract - For more about Kevin Comer and Tim Clark click here


The May CBES Forum featured Latha Baskaran of the Environmental Sciences Division, Landscape Ecology and Regional Analysis Group. Her talk was entitled Aquatic Macroinvertebrates for Assessing Water Quality Effects Associated with Bioenergy.
For an abstract - Click here
For more information about Ms. Baskaran click here.
Copy of Presentation


The April CBES Forum consisted of three separate events, first was a visit to and tour of the Carbon Fiber Technology Facility.  The tour took place on April 15, 2015 beginning at 3:00pm and was conducted by the Facility Operations Manager, Connie Jackson.  The Carbon Fiber Technology Facility is at the Horizon Center, 92 Palladium Way, Oak Ridge. For more information, see below:
Pamphlet - Fact Sheet - Map and Directions to the Facility

Second, John Coulston of the newly established USDA Forest Service Center for Forest Products Survey and Analytics spoke at the CBES forum on April 16th. This forum’s topic was: Complex forest dynamics indicate potential for slowing carbon accumulation in the southeastern United State.
For Abstract & Bio - Click Here
For the Complete Presentation pdf presentation

Third, Bob Abt of NCSU and the Southern Forest Resource Assessment Consortium gave a talk titled, Bioenergy Demand in a Market Driven Forest Economy , and participated in discussions about assessing sustainability of SE forest products for energy and the Billion-Ton 2016 Update forest sector inputs.
For Dr. Abt's bio - Click Here
For the complete presentation pdf presentation


At the March 4th forum Nate Pollesch, Ph.D candidate in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, presented  his work on mathmatical and statistical tools to aid in assessment and sustainable management of bioenergy production systems.  His presentation was titled Bioenergy Sustainability Assessment:  Mathematical approaches to protocol development.
For his biosketch. click here
For the complete presentation. pdf presentation


February 25th: The CBES Forum for February was held at 3:30 pm in Room 189 of Building 1505.  The Guest Speaker was Jim Parks and his topic was: The Triple-Dare Challenge Facing the Automotive Industry: Fuel Economy Standards, Emissions Regulations, and Renewable Fuel Use.
For Dr. Parks here.
For an abstract of the presentation. click here.
For the complete presentation.pdf presentation


January 7: Hans Langeveld presented the CBES forum presentation in January. His presentation was titled Harvesting more from less land: Changes in land use intensity and its impact on the food vs. fuel debate pdf link


December 17: Matthew Langholtz, Rebecca Efroymson, Laurence Eaton, Craig Brant, and Yetta Jager presented the CBES forum presentation in December.  Their presentation was titled Bringing Sustainability into the Assessment of our Nation’s Bioenergy Future. pdf icon


November 12th: Natalie Griffiths, of the Ecosystems Sciences Group in the Environmental Sciences Division presented a seminar entitled: Evaluating the effects of woody biomass production for bioenergy on water quality and hydrology in the southeastern United States. pdf icon

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September: Timothy Theiss, Laboratory Relationship Manager (LRM) EER Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) presented a talk entitled “The Role of Biofuels in the US Sustainable Transportation Challenge” at the September 2014 CBES Forum pdf icon

August 20th: Jonathan Male, Director of the Bioenergy Technologies Office DOE presented an Overview of Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office". pdf

August 14th: Daniela S. Gonzales Ph.D. graduate student in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Texas A&M will present "GIS-Based Allocation of Lignocellulosic Biorefineries" - A Case Study in Texas. pdf

June 19th: Dr. Manoel Regis is the Institutional Relations Coordinator of CTBE-Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory, presented "Biomass Resources and Conversion Efficiencies in the Cultivation and Processing of Sugarcane for Ethanol and Electricity." pdf

April 17th : Yetta Jager presented "In Search of Spatial Opportunities for Sustainable Bioenergy Production." pdf

April 10th: Sean McGinnis, Director - VT Green Engineering presented "Green Engineering and Life Cycle Assessment at Virginia Tech." pdf

March 10 - Arnaldo Walter, Assistant Professor at University of Campinas (UNICAMP) Brazil presented "The Research on Bioenergy Sustainability at University of Campinas, Brazil". pdf

Feb 17 - Dr. Andre Faaij and Dr. Floor van der Hilst from Utrecht University, Netherlands presented "Issues in bioenergy, a European perspective" pdf and "Integrated assessment of the sustainability of biomass supply chains" pdf

Jan 16th -Derek Splitter - "Methods of reducing transportation energy and petroleum consumption and environmental impacts: A discussion of internal combustion engine fundamentals, efficiency source, and fuel-related pwoertrain opportunities" pdf

Dec 19 - Tim Theiss "An Update on Alternative Fuels & the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2)." pdf

Oct 17th - Matthew Rudolf "Sustainability Implemented-The Birth of a Voluntary Sustainability Certification Program". pdf

August 15th - Helio Joris "Introduction and Main Objectives in Short Term Research of Helio Joris at ORNL" pdf

May 17th - Dev Shrestha from the University of Idaho "Renewable Fuel Standard and Future of Biofuels.pdf

May 8th - Daniel Inman NREL "Bio Land Use Change and Overview"

April 18th - Latha Baskaran, Research Staff ORNL: "Studying the potential of aquatic macroinvertebrates as indicators of bioenergy-related land-use changes" pdf

February 20th: Rachel Burton - Research Director for Piedmont Biofuels presented "Enzyme Catalysis for Biomass Based Diesel Fuels" pdf

February 14th: Professor Carlos Cerri - Professor at Center of Nuclear Energy Applied to Agriculture-Universidade of São Paulo. Piracicaba, Brazil presented "Measuring environmental sustainability indicators in land use change for sugarcane ethanol production in Brazil"

Dec 20th: Rebecca Efroymson (ORNL) - "Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels" pdf

Nov 8th, 2012: Lynn Wright, WrightLink Consulting- "Energy Crop Resource and Technology Development: A Historical Perspective 1978-2012". pdf

Oct 18th, 2012: Robert Fletcher - University of Florida : "Bioenergy expansion: a wildlife perspective" pdf

Sept 25th, 2012: Marko Debeljak of The Jozef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia presented "Inductive Machine Learning in Ecological Modeling". pdf

August 16th, 2012: Mike Jostrom - Director Renewable Resources, Plum Creek - "Vested in Carbon: Perspectives of a Large US Forest Owner" pdf

July 26th, 2012: Danny Inman - NREL "Biofuel Sustainability Analysis"

July 16, 2012: Siwa Msangi - Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington D.C. "Biofuels, Agriculture and Food Security: Key Connections and Challenges" pdf

June 21, 2012: Natalie Griffiths (ORNL) and Matt Langholtz (ORNL) "Examining the effects of short-rotation pine for bioenergy on water quality and quantity using a watershed-scale experiment" pdf

June 7th, 2012: Ariel Uribe Rodriguez and Edgar Castillo from the Colombian Petroleum Institute will present " Energy Diversification Program at ECOPETROL" Topics that will be discussed: Advanced Biofuels, Heat and Power generation from Biomass and Renewables (Proposal) and Energy Efficiency in upstream operations".

May 21st, 2012: Marcelo Moreira from the Institute for International Trade Negotiations, Brazil will present "Coupling GIS and economic data into land use models: The Brazilian Land Use Model experience"

May 17, 2012: Charles Kwit, "Gene flow matters in switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.), a potential widespread biofuel feedstock"

May 10, 2012: Bobby Grisso "Outreach Delivery as Part of Bioenergy Education".

April 19, 2012: John Schwartz (UT) and Zachariah Seiden (UT), "Study Design for Water Quality Monitoring from Switchgrass Fields near Vonore, Tennessee: Support for SWAT and BLOSM Models"

March 15, 2012: James Szybist (NTRC) "Impacts of emerging engine and fuel technologies on the efficiencey of future engines"

Feb 16, 2012: Brian Davison on behalf of Paul Gilna, "How BESC relates to Sustainability"

Jan 19, 2012: Scott Curran, Performance of Advanced Combustion Modes with Alternative Fuels: Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition Case Study"

December 15, 2011: Tim Rials, "Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems" and Video

Nov 17, 2011: Elliott Barnett, Mark Downing, Matt Langholtz and Erin Webb: Four 5-10 minute panel presentations on "Sustainability Considerations for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Biomass Steam Plant Feedstock Supply"

Oct 20, 2011: Jacob LaRiviere, "The Effect of Ethanol on Fuel Price Behavior and the Viability of Cellulosic Biofuels"

Sep 15, 2011: Randall Jackson, "Ecosystem service tradeoffs in grassland plant communities grown for bioenery feedstock"

Sept 1, 2011: Tanya Kuritz ORNL - Reality of Algal Fuels

August 18, 2011: Neal Gutterson - Mendel's seeded miscanthus system: a sustainable and scalable bioenergy feedstock solution

August 4, 2011: Audrey Mayer - Using agent-based models to understand the impact of NIPF owner preferences and bioenergy policies on forested landscapes

July 28, 2011: Esther Parish - One size won't fit all: The role of scale in comparing the environmental impacts of ethanol and gasoline production (slides not complete)

June 16, 2011: Jody Endres - A legal typology of sustainable biomass definitions in U.S. law, and other theoretical perspectives

May 19, 2011: Ken Goddard - Growing and Harvesting Switchgrass for Ethanol Production in Tennessee

May 12, 2011: Luis Barbosa Cortez - Brazil Research and Development of Renewable Energy, Sao Paulo Research Foundation and a preliminary analysis of sugarcane in Latin America and Africa

April 21, 2011: Elena Berger - Dynamics of Innovation of Biofuel Ethanol: Three decades of experience in the U.S. and in Brazil

March 17, 2011: Thomas J. Wilbanks - Perspectives from 'Sustainability Science' on Energy Sustainabilty

February 17, 2011: Chris Johnas and Robin Jenkins - DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol (DDCE) LLC Evaluates Business Opportunities with Sustainability Assessments

January 27, 2011: Allen McBride and Virginia Dale - Indicators to Support Environmental Sustainability of Bioenergy Systems

November 18, 2010: Mac Post - An Integrative Modeling Framework to Evaluate the Productivity and Sustainability of Biofuel Crop Production Systems

October 2010: Sam Jackson and Virginia Dale - Bioenergy Sustainability Standards, Certification and Regulations

September 2010: Eric Marland - Managing the Costs of Carbon Release

August 2010: Chad Hellwinckel - Lessons from modeling the joint effects of climate and bioenergy policies

July 2010: Pat Mulholland and Colleen Iversen - National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) site on the Oak Ridge Reservation: A new collaborative project with NSF for long-term ecosystem measurements and monitoring

June 2010: Charles Garten - Modeling soil quality issues related to sustainable switchgrass and poplar production

May 2010: John Crittenden - Gigaton Problems Require GigatonSolutions

April 2010: Keith Kline and Martin Keller - The Global Bioenergy Sustainability Project. Is the next revolution at hand?

March 2010: Brian West - Review of Technical Issues Surrounding EISA's Biofuels Goals, the RFS2

February 2010: Marilyn Brown - Shrinking the Carbon Footprint of Metropolitan America

January 2010: Gregg Marland - Bioenergy and Changes in Carbon Stocks

December 2009: Series - Sustainable Bioenergy from Production to Use in a series of Three Slides and Five Minutes

November 2009: Rekha Pillai, Sirisha Nukala, Stuart Daw and Charles Finney - A Value Chain Analysis for BioEnergy

October 2009: Kathy Halvorsen -Social Dimensions of Sustainable Bioenergy Development

September 2009: Kelly Tiller - Implementing the Cellulosic Biomass Industry in Tennessee

August 2009: Debo Oladosu and Keith Kline - Myths, Facts and Uncertainties for Bioenergy

July 2009: John Drake - BioEnergy – Climate Coupling

June 2009: Mark Downing, Tim Rials, and Pat Mulholland - Landscape Design for Bioenergy Sustainability

May 2009: Raju Vastsav and Keith Kline - Land-Use Change and Bioenergy Workshop

April 2009: Rekha Pillai and Mike Hillard - April 2009: Integrated Framework for Understanding BioEnergy Sustainability

March 2009: Kenneth Tobin - Measurement Science and Systems Engineering



First place in the 2015 ASABE Annual International Meeting Undergraduate Student Poster Competition in New Orleans was taken by EMMA TOBIN. Emma is a student at UT and an intern at the CBES here at ORNL. Picture

Virginia Dale and Keith Kline attended the 9th IALE World Congress in Portland Oregon from July 5th through the 10th. Click Here for More Info

Sustainability Webinar Recording Available The recording of the BETO webinar “Biofuels for the Environment and Communities,” originally broadcast on April 22, 2015, is now available on the BETO Webinar Page.

Workshop Report from the IFPRI Bioenergy and Food Security Interactions conference made public. Click here for full report. For more information on the conference click here.

SURVEY - Share your views on the international biomass trade. Click here for more information and the link to access the survey.

Virginia Dale and Erin Webb welcome two Fellows of the Southeastern Energy Development (SEED) Fellowship starting a ten-week program beginning May 15th. Click here for more information.

The 3rd annual National Bioenergy Day is planned for Wednesday, October 21, 2015. Click here for more information.

Federal suit filed against three counties in Iowa over nutrient runoff from agricultural drainage. Click here for more information.

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