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Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR)

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On November 6th 2013, the US Department of Agriculture awarded nearly $10 million to fund research to develop renewable fuel and biochar production using insect-killed trees in the Rocky Mountain region as a sustainable feedstock. The award was provided to the Bioenergy Alliance of the Rockies (BANR): a consortium of academic, industry and government organizations led by Colorado State University.

BANR’s website can be …more

SAVE THE DATE: NARA will sponsor a Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels + Co-Products Conference in April 2014


It has been just over two years since the USDA invested $80 million to facilitate the development of a sustainable wood to biofuels and co-products industry in the northwest United States.  This investment created the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) and Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB): two projects with multiple partners focused on softwood and hardwood feedstocks respectively.

These projects …more

Biofuels knowledge gets placed in the classroom



On October 31st, a day especially favored by kids in the US, NARA and Facing the Future, a NARA member organization, presented to the global teaching community a lesson plan entitled “Fueling Our Future: Exploring Sustainable Energy Use”.

This set of lessons is timely because it accommodates the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Literacy Principles, which emphasize a …more