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Presentation to Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment Class

Brian Becker – Program Manager – will address the students of Professor Tom Hammett, Ph.D., in his “Society, Sustainable Biomaterials & Energy (SBIO 3454)” course this week with an Introduction to Biomass and Bioenergy.

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Central Appalachian Region Proposal Submitted

A full proposal  was submitted in conjunction with University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Farm to Fly 2.0, to the 2017 Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) solicitation for hardwood-derived sustainable aviation jet fuel supply chain development in the Central Appalachian Region.  The region includes Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia and the proposal seeks to […]

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Case Study: Rōnile, Inc.

Private manufacturer turns to neighbors for fuel Rōnile Incorporated, one of the world’s leading supplier of custom dyed accent yarn, is an employee-owned manufacturer with over 100 associates, located in Rocky Mount, Virginia.  Situated in a part of Virginia with no access to natural gas, Rōnile historically depended on diesel for generating the large amounts […]

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Community Wood Energy Program Expands Staff

The Center for Natural Capital is pleased to announce the hiring of two consultants to assist with the energy program. Betty Dixon is a social worker and entrepreneur with over 25 years’ experience providing community based services throughout Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic.  After a stint in both the public and private sector, Betty co-founded Virginia’s first […]

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Virginia Community Wood Energy Program Featured on WVTF Public Radio

The Virginia Community Wood Energy Program was featured on Virginia Public Radio in a two-part story about how using wood and grass fuels for heating can both drive economic development and improve our environment:    

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Virginia Community Wood Energy Program Leads National Bioenergy Day Study Tour in Southside, VA

October 21, 2015 was the third annual National Bioenergy Day.  The Virginia Community Wood Energy Program led staff from federal, state and local governments on a tour of three Southside institutions that are using wood and grass fuels to provide cost effective heat energy while keeping their energy dollars in the local economy and improving the […]

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National Bioenergy Day Virginia Study Tour

On October 21st, in recognition of the Third Annual National Bioenergy Day, the Virginia Community Wood Energy Program is hosting a study tour of three Southside institutions that are saving money and supporting their local economy by using wood fuels for space heating and hot water generation.  In 2013 the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center […]

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Case Study: Blackstone Conference and Retreat Center

Wood energy is not just for the big guys.  For the Blackstone Conference and Retreat Center (BCRC), wood energy quite literally may have saved the institution.  The BCRC, formerly the Virginia Methodist Assembly Center, was originally founded in 1894 and operated until 1915 as the Blackstone College for Girls.  The original wooden structure twice burned […]

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Bioenergy at Longwood University

Wood energy has a proven track record in Virginia, where Longwood University has been using sawdust to provide heat and hot water for their campus for over 30 years!  The Southeast Agriculture and Forestry Energy Resources Alliance (SAFER) Southern Bioeconomy Case Study tells the story of Bioenergy at Longwood University. Longwood University’s biomass boilers are housed […]

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StreamSweepers Receive National Recognition

On Sunday, September 14th at the American Canoe Association Paddling Summit, the StreamSweepers program was presented the “Sanctioned Event of the Year” award. Beth Seale, On-Water-Manager for StreamSweepers traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan to accept this national award on behalf of StreamSweepers and the Center for Natural Capital.