The United States Biochar Initiative (USBI) selected the Sonoma Biochar Initiative (SBI) in partnership with the Sonoma Ecology Center to host the 2012 US Biochar Conference in Sonoma County, Calif., from July 29 to Aug. 1, 2012.

The 2012 US Biochar Conference is designed to advance the understanding of the economic, science and policy issues related to biochar as both an amendment for soils as well as an agent to sequester carbon. California’s reputation for progressive policy and venture capital resources provide an excellent setting to showcase new innovative technologies like biochar. The conference is focused on practical results, especially regarding biochar use in agriculture.

Sonoma County is a prime location to visit in mid-summer. Tours will be available to local wineries and farms. The conference sessions will be held at Sonoma State University, where very reasonably priced three-night on-campus housing package is offered, others may choose to stay in nearby hotels. Scholarships may be available, especially for students and representatives from underserved communities.

Conference Tracks scheduled include:

  • Biochar Use in Agriculture and Forestry
  • Biochar Production Technologies
  • Biochar Financing and Entrepreneurial Opportunities
  • Biochar for Climate Adaptation and Energy Generation
  • Biochar Policy, Regulations, and “Cutting Edge” Innovative Actions

General program areas are:

  • Physical and chemical characteristics of biochar
  • Biochar production Growing sustainable biomass for/with biochar
  • Soil fertility and biochar
  • Physical and chemical carbon sequestration and life cycle analysis
  • Carbon markets and carbon market policy
  • Marketing and market segmentation of biochar
  • Economics of biochar
  • Economics of biochar Social issues (biomass use and sustainability, cultural concerns, urban farming, building political momentum)

To register for the conference, visit