Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College to Host Summits on Biochar & Local Tourism

Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College invites the public to two upcoming events in hopes of creating conversation and support for the local community.

Eastern will host a Biochar Summit August 13 on campus at 316 Eastern Drive, Moorefield. Community members interested in biochar, wood/biomass waste, stormwater, remediation, or forestry are invited to attend as well as researchers, business owners, poultry farmers, wood producers, and government agencies. Attendees should register at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egfq0p6b7cb52160&llr=xrqhq6eab. Registration is free and lunch is included. 

The event will feature in-depth discussion on the following topics: 

  • Biochar in Green Infrastructure (GI) - To many, the use of GI is a new approach to managing urban stormwater runoff, volumes and quality. GI manages stormwater runoff by using natural ecosystems and/or engineered systems that mimic natural systems. The presentation will discuss opportunities and benefits of integrating biochar into GI practices along with a number of project examples. This topic will be presented by Chuck Hegberg.
  • Biochar Industry Development - During this interactive session, attendees will use design thinking principles to determine commercialization opportunities for biochar. By leveraging a cross disciplinary approach, the goal for this session will be to identify pathways for potential profitability and commercialization of biochar.
  • Funding Options - This discussion will be led by USDA.
  • Wood Waste/Biomass Solutions
  • Project Updates and Next Steps
  • Poultry Litter Biochar, Equipment, and Waste Water.

To offer additional suggestions for discussion topics, email Tina Metzer at tina.metzer@easternwv.edu

Additionally, Eastern will host the Potomac Highlands Tourism Summit August 14 at Misty Mountain Event Barn. Community members interested in tourism, food and culture, agritourism, or heritage, are invited to this event devoted to the Potomac Highlands.

The day will include updates on existing projects from partners including the Mon Forest Initiative, AFHA/AmeriCorps, Hospitality Training discussion, CVB and more. Participants will work together to plan a cluster event highlighting all things "local," distinctive projects and services. Participants are invited to bring brochures, flyers, information, or just themselves to let others know all the great places in the region.

Attendees can register at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egh285ba28443e4f&llr=xrqhq6eab. Registration is free and lunch is included.