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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 …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 …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 …more