Center presents industry overview at Rowan Cabarrus Community College biotech summer series
Market-based conservation collaboration kicks off
The collaboration is comprised of a diverse set of parties, including agricultural organizations, non-profit environmental groups, natural resource agencies, academic institutions, military services, and other partners that share the common goal of conserving rural working lands within the military training footprint. Work groups focusing on economics, science, and policy have been established to help guide the initiative. The Biofuels Center of North Carolina will be actively engaged in this collaboration as it moves forward.
For a list of the partners involved with this project and for more information on the market-based conservation initiative, click here.
Center, Military Growth Task Force present biofuels forum in Jones County
Keynote speakers included Biofuels Center president and CEO Steven Burke, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Steve Troxler, and Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Carl Jensen.
In developing the seminar, the MGTF partnered with the Biofuels Center, the N.C. Department of Commerce, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the N.C. Solar Center, Marine Corps Installations East, N.C. State University, and Central Carolina Community College.
The Military Growth Task Force was created to facilitate regional responses to growth challenges exacerbated by the substantial increase in military personnel. The MGTF operates as a liaison between the military and communities, and advocates for seven counties—Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Jones, Onslow, Pamlico, and Pender—to sustain quality of life in the region and preserve the mission footprint of North Carolina military installations.
U.S. Senator Kay Hagan visits Center for briefing
As part of her Granville County tour, U.S. Senator Kay Hagan visited the Biofuels Center for a progress update on 12 August 2010. While in the state Senate, Senator Hagan was instrumental in establishing the center.
Senator Hagan was briefed on the progress of the following topics:
- The Business of Biofuels project
- New value from sprayfields
- Addressing sustainable biomass policies
- Accelerated biofuels production for the state's military community
- Advancing public commitment
- North Carolina's Biofuels Campus
Senator Hagan was then guided on a tour of the Biofuels Campus and its four-acre plot of biofuels feedstock crops, including Giant Miscanthus, Switchgrass, Biomass/Forage Sorghum, Arundo donax, and others. The senator said she was a big supporter of the Biofuels Center and views its mission as "incredibly important" to the state's fuel independence.
Center staffer gives industry lecture at N.C. State University (2 Sept 2010)
N.C. State University’s Master’s of Microbial Biotechnology class will be following up with a visit to the Biofuels Center of North Carolina. The class will tour the feedstock trial sites and learn more details about the value chain based on specific feedstocks.
- Center participates in N.C. Federal Environmental Symposium
- Callair promoted to Vice President of Finance and Administration
- Center attends SJF Summit on the New Green Economy (14-15 Sept 2010)
- NC Biodiesel Education and Awareness Network
- Center-funded equipment to be utilized at CCCC's new Sustainable Technologies Center
- U.S. Dept. of Agriculture announces public meetings on renewable fuels report
- Center staffers attend Biomass South conference
- Center to promote "biofuels casting call" at State Fair's Green N.C. Pavilion
- "Biofuels casting call" a smash hit at N.C. State Fair
- Biofuels Center president addresses N.C. A&T State University's inaugural green conference