Bioenergy Workforce Development for Educators Workshop

June 14-16: Maggie Davis and Tim Theiss, assisted by ORAU, led the development of a summer workshop for local teachers entitled “Bioenergy Workforce Development for Educators.” This workshop provided instruction and content for teaching about bioenergy in High School and Middle School classrooms. Participants heard presentations from Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers Esther Parish, Terry Matthews, Brian Davison, and others on topics such as Sustainable bioenergy, Algal biofuels, and Cellulosic biofuels R&D. The teachers also took tours of the UT Arboretum and ORNL’s National Transportation Research Center, Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, Bioenergy Science Center, and Water Ecology lab. READ MORE


Bioenergy Study Tour in the Southeastern US General Information

April 10-14, 2016

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BETO 2015 Project Peer Review

March 23-27, 2015


Individual ORNL Presentations


Workshop on Biofuels and Food Security Interactions

November 18, 2014

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Workshop Report

Incorporating Bioenergy in Sustainable Landscape Designs Workshop Two: Agricultural Landscapes

June 24-26, 2014


Workshop II

Incorporating Bioenergy into Sustainable Landscape Designs Workshop
March 4-6, 2014

-Participant List
-Landscape Design Field Tour
-Workshop Report
-Links to individual presentations


Global Sustainable Biofuels (GSB) Workshop
June 12-13, 2013

-Workshop Report
-Links to individual presentations and pictures


Billion Ton Study: What can be Learned about Bioenergy Sustainability?
September 28-30, 2011

- Agenda
- Participant Summary
- Remote Participants
- Workshop Report

Link to individual presentations and pictures


Watershed Perspective on Bioenergy Sustainability
February 3 - 4, 2010
- Ice G, McBroom, Schweitzer. 2010.

A review of best management practices for forest watershed biomass harvests with an emphasis on recommendations for leaving residual wood onsite
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- Participant Summary
- Workshop Report


Sustainable BioEnergy Systems Workshop
September 10- 11, 2009
- Agenda
- Participant Summary
- Remote Participants
- Workshop Report

Land-Use Change and Bioenergy Workshop
May 12-14, 2009
- Agenda
- 3 in 5s Introduction
- Participant List
- Workshop Report


Analysis of Forest Service data shows that benefits accrue when sustainable forest management provides wood pellets for energy that keep fossil fuel in the ground. The data supporting this analysis is at View Here

International report presents status and prospects for renewable energy using wood pellets from the southeastern United States. View here.

In March, Virginia Dale, Erin Webb and Magen Shedden participated in a conference titled “The Great Experiment” at the University of Tennessee that focused on learning from producing switchgrass for bioenergy in east Tennessee. The videos from the conference are posted View here.

Virginia Dale discusses bioenergy sustainability:

The 2016 Billion-Ton Report (BT16), Volume 2: Environmental Sustainability Effects of Select Scenarios from Volume 1, jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is a pioneering effort to analyze a range of potential environmental effects associated with illustrative near-term and long-term biomass-production scenarios from the 2016 Billion-Ton Report, Volume 1.

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