AHB Newsletter – Volume 5, No. 1 [Spring 2016]

Editor’s Notes

March greetings from the AHB team! We are busy getting ready for our upcoming National Poplar/Willow Forum April 11 – 13 in Portland, Oregon and look forward to having you join us! We are excited to bring experts from around the country and the globe to delve into the environmental benefits of both poplar and willow and their potential in the renewable fuels industry.

In this edition of AHB news, learn how people are being trained for increasing opportunities in the bioenergy workforce. New and expanded offerings in the Plant Operations program at Walla Walla Community College’s Ag Center of Excellence are providing rich educational and industry experience for first time and returning students.

Our industry partner GreenWood Resources recently sold the Boardman Poplar Farm in eastern Oregon. Find out how that development impacts purpose-grown poplar biomass farms for the AHB project and beyond.

Biodiesel anyone? Middle school students in Darrington, Washington recently learned how different types of energy effect their lives and what they can do to foster cleaner energy now and in the future.

Meet Brian Hartman! As a doctoral candidate at Oregon State University, Brian combines his dedication to science education and engineering as he assists instructors learn how to best integrate both disciplines with students.

Mixed feelings about current gas prices? Find out what AHB team members think when they fill up at the pump!

Betsy Fradd
Washington State University Extension