Humboldt State University, along with Forest Business Network and 14 other regional partners, has received a $5.88 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct innovative biomass research.
The grant is titled Waste to Wisdom: Utilizing forest residues for the production of bioenergy andbioproducts and is part of the Biomass Research and Development Initiative, a collaborative effort between the Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture that supports renewable energy research in the rural United States.
Under the grant, a team of academics, industry partners and forestland managers led by HSUForestry Professor Han-Sup Han will build on existing research on the conversion of forest residues such as limbs, treetops, and other waste materials into renewable fuel and other valuable bio-based products. Utilization of woody biomass has the potential to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, lower greenhouse gas emissions and promote economic development in rural parts of the United States.
Forest Business Network (FBN) is tasked with conducting outreach and public relations efforts over the duration of the project. The company’s goal will be increasing awareness about bioproducts and the project’s objectives, and helping influence positive perception of environmental products.
“We’re extremely proud to be a part of the Waste to Wisdom project, which focuses on lowering the cost and improving the quality of forest residues for bioenergy,” said Craig Rawlings, President & CEO of Forest Business Network. “But those two things aren’t enough anymore. We also need to get tangible results and our project team is very much about doing just that. We set the bar really high in our proposal to the USDA and DOE and that’s why they picked this project for funding.”
FBN will build online marketing platforms, including a grant website, social media pages, webinars, and press releases to drive awareness and engagement with stakeholders. FBN will write copy and post advertising on the company’s popular forest industry website — ForestBusinessNetwork.com — and in its weekly email newsletter. Event participation and sponsorship at FBN’s biennial Small Log Conference and other FBN-produced events will push the project to the forefront of the forest industry. In addition, FBN will leverage its extensive network to encourage outside conference speaking engagements for grant team members, and will produce the annual team meetings in order to promote the free flow of information between team members.
Other partners include: Green Diamond Resource Company, Pellet Fuels Institute, the University of Washington, Oregon State University, the Bureau of Land Management, USDA Forest Service, USFSRocky Mountain Research Station, USFS Forest Products Lab, Redwood Forest Foundation, Forest Concepts LLC, Steve Morris Logging, Peterson Pacific Corp., and Biochar Solutions Inc.
About Forest Business Network
Forest Business Network is a leading force in online communications for the forest products industry. Its news-focused website and weekly email newsletter are read by thousands of forest industry professionals from around the world each week. FBN offers a number of services to forest industry clients — technical business consulting, event marketing, online marketing, and a sales brokerage for used equipment. FBN also owns and produces the Small Log Conference that draws in an international audience every two years to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. More information can be found atwww.forestbusinessnetwork.com.