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Brian Becker

Community Energy Program Manager

Brian has more than 15 years experience working with biomass management for local businesses, phytoremediation, and energy production.  He most recently directed the Community Power Initiative at Public Policy Virginia where he connected community energy needs to rural economic revitalization via small-scale, combined heat and power technology fueled with locally produced biomass.  Before moving to Virginia, Brian spent six years managing the Phytoremediation and Short Rotation Woody Crops Program at the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation, experimenting with fast-growing trees in the field to improve phytoremediation of brownfield, mine land reclamation and dedicated bioenergy feedstocks.  He served for three years in the US Peace Corps as a Community Forester in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal fostering small businesses based on renewable local natural resources such as handmade paper from lokta tree bark.  Brian has a B.S. from Kansas State University in Anthropology, Wildlife Biology, and Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.  He received his M.S. from the University of Florida with a specialization in Agroforestry working on intercropping medicinal trees and herbs in the US Virgin Islands.  In addition to learning about the ecological process unfolding around him, Brian also enjoys hiking, biking, getting his hands dirty in the garden and spending time with his wife and two young daughters.

Please contact Brian at 540-672-2542 or at