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
The symposium was headlined by Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, and included a facilitated roundtable series and an environmental trade show. The roundtable series addressed federal mandates to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and a number of energy, water, and waste reduction targets. One of the feature discussions focused entirely on transportation fuels and the mandate to reduce vehicle fleet petroleum use 30% by 2020.
Callair promoted to Vice President of Finance and Administration
Remona Callair has more than 10 years of professional management experience in the nonprofit arena. Prior to joining the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, she served as senior vice president of finance and operations for the Council for Entrepreneurial Development in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Her background in financial and operational leadership includes technical expertise in accounting, financial control, and adherence to GAAP standards, as well as a proven track record of organizational accountability as evidenced by nine consecutive successful external audits at CED. In addition to her professional experience, Callair holds a bachelor of administration degree with a major in business management and a minor in accounting from the University of South Carolina at Aiken. As a member of the management team at the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, Callair has a deep commitment to ensuring financial integrity, operational efficiency, and achievement of the vision and goals of the organization.
Center attends SJF Summit on the New Green Economy (14-15 Sept 2010)
Thomas further explored opportunities for investment and entrepreneurial company development in North Carolina. Additionally, Thomas connected with an array of attendees regarding possible internships and other opportunities in the biofuels industry.
- 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
- North Carolina agency rules on state biomass policy
- USDA modifies biomass program
- Center receives 54 pre-proposals for 2010-2011 grants program