Program “Essential Elements”

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Quick Info: The topics below are covered during each workshop

Overview

Here is a sampling of the topics covered during a BBEP workshop. These topics are our “essential elements” and each is covered either through lectures, labs, tours and reading materials, or a combination of these, depending on the length and emphasis area of the workshop. The workshop site Director determines how each of these topics will be presented at their workshop to determines which workshop site might best meet your interests.

Sustainability

Sustainability

Sustainability is important because it guides us to solutions that will work over a very long period of time (i.e., generations) and will allow future generations of human beings to inherit the resources to meet their food, energy, and product needs...
Systems Thinking

Systems Thinking

Systems thinking is an approach to problem solving. Systems thinking is a method used by experts to quantify, evaluate and optimize the inputs, outputs, and flows (such as the movement of materials, money, or chemical elements, etc.) through complex...
Biomass (production, development and logistics)

Biomass (production, development and logistics)

Biomass refers to carbon-containing materials that have a biological origin and can be utilized as a resource in place of carbon-containing fossil fuels for producing energy and many manufactured products. Most biomass is from plants that have died...
BioFuels (liquid transportation fuels)

BioFuels (liquid transportation fuels)

Liquid biofuels are transportation or heating fuels made from the conversion of solid biomass into liquids through chemical, enzymatic, or thermochemical conversion processes. Liquid biofuels are important because they represent a renewable energy...
Biomass for Heat (residential heating fuels)

Biomass for Heat (residential heating fuels)

The original type of bioheat - the wood fire - has been providing heat to humans for thousands of years. This controlled, direct combustion of biomass for heating is a technology that appears in the archeological record during Paleolithic times, at...
BioPower (electricity)

BioPower (electricity)

Biopower refers to the production of electricity from biomass. Biopower refers to a number of technologies (both small and large scale) that utilize biomass in the production of electric power. Biopower is important as an alternative or additive to...
BioProducts (Natural Products and Industrial Chemicals)

BioProducts (Natural Products and Industrial Chemicals)

Bioproducts are industrial chemicals made from biomass sources. Although strictly speaking, energy also is a product of biomass, the convention is that the term bioproducts refers to biomass-based products other than energy-market biobased-products...
Environment, Policy and Economics

Environment, Policy and Economics

Public policy refers to the evolving, dynamic sets of laws, regulations and incentives that guide the behavior of people, companies, and government agencies. Public policies can be created by Federal, State, and local (City, Town and County) governments....