John Bonitz, Farm Outreach and Policy Advocate for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), will offer a presentation on “The Economics of Biomass” on Friday, July 9, from 12 to 2 p.m., at the Land-of-Sky Regional Council. This is a brown-bag presentation. You are invited to bring your lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided. Land-of-Sky Regional Council is located at 339 New Leicester Hwy, Asheville.
Mr. Bonitz will also be speaking at Asheville Green Drinks at Bobo Gallery, 22 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville in the evening of July 9th. The evening program begins at 6 pm with an informal networking reception. The program begins at 6:30 pm. For more information about Asheville Green Drinks: http://www.ashevillegreendrinks.com
John works with farmers, woodland owners, and other rural interests in NC, SC, and TN, providing information about bioenergy. John’s work promotes sustainable utilization of biomass for electricity and fuel production, with an emphasis on state and federal policies. He serves in an advisory capacity to the Steering Committee of the Southern Agriculture & Forestry Energy Resources (SAFER) Alliance, and is an active member of the Biomass Councils in North and South Carolina. John joined the SACE staff in April 2007. The son of a dairy farmer, John previously worked for the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA), Piedmont Biofuels Cooperative, Chatham Marketplace Cooperative Grocery, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR), and in the environmental consulting field. During his tenure with Piedmont Biofuels Cooperative the group received the 2005 Sustainability Award for work in cutting-edge technologies that build the infrastructure for sustainable products or services (award conferred by Sustainable North Carolina). John studied towards a Masters Degree in Public Policy at University of Maryland College Park and completed his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1992.
The Land-of-Sky Regional Council, in partnership with AdvantageWest and five regional Councils of Government in western NC (High Country Council of Governments, Isothermal Planning and Development Commission, Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments, Southwestern Commission, & Western Piedmont Council of Governments) have launched the Building the Clean Energy Economy in Western North Carolina project. This project seeks to empower WNC’s public and private leadership, economic development professionals, workforce development specialists, and educational partners with data, analysis, and tools to implement and grow the clean energy sector of the green economy. For more information contact Julie Lawhorn at 828-251-6622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Read the full article