North American Biochar Conference 2009

Sunday, August 09, 2009

North American Biochar Conference 2009
Sunday, August 09, 2009 - Wednesday, August 12, 2009

University of Colorado at Boulder
Wolf Law Building

Conference Description
The 2009 North American Biochar Conference will be the first major biochar conference held in the United States. The keynote speakers for the conference will be Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Dr. Susan Solomon, Senior Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Center for Energy and Environmental Security (CEES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder is the lead sponsor and organizer of the conference. The conference is co-sponsored by the International Biochar Initiative (IBI).  Scheduled to run from August 9 to 12, 2009, the conference is designed to advance our understanding of the policy, business, scientific, and technical opportunities and issues implicated by the large-scale usage of biochar as both a sequestration agent and soil amendment.

Key Conference Documents (please note the call for papers is closed)
Submission Options Summary: provides participants an overview of the submission options and briefly describes what each option entails.
Poster Instructions: detailed instructions for those submitting a poster.
Conference Manuscript Instructions: detailed instructions for those submitting a manuscript not intended for peer review.
Peer Review Submission Instructions: detailed author instructions for those submitting a manuscript for peer review.
North American Biochar-agenda pages-REVISED (3).pdf: Listing of activities, sessions and speakers.

About Boulder, Colorado
The beautiful Colorado mountains, and especially Boulder, are considered a prime location for visiting at this time of year.

The General Conference fee is $369.00 and the student fee is $259.00. Both rates include most meals. 

Getting to the conference
Directions to University of Colorado Wolf School of Law

Driving Directions

From Denver International Airport
If you are arriving at Denver International Airport (DIA). Denver International Airport , the drive to Boulder takes between 45-90 minutes, depending on route and traffic. There are two primary routes. First, the common route is to exit the airport and follow the access road ( Pena Boulevard ) approximately 10 miles south to I-70. Take I-70 West to I-270 West. I-270 then merges onto U.S. Route 36 West. This takes you approximately 23 miles to Boulder . Exit Route 36 at Baseline Road ; turn left (West towards the mountains), proceed to Broadway, turn right onto Broadway (North). The campus is on the right-you will turn right onto Regent Drive , and right again onto the Kittridge Loop. This will take you to the Wolf Law Building. Click here for a detailed map from the Baseline Rd. exit to the Law School.

The second option from Denver International Airport is quicker and involves far less traffic, but it requires using a toll road. As you exit DIA, you will pass the Rental Car agencies on Pena Boulevard . Shortly after that you should exit onto route E-470. This is a toll road. The total tolls to Boulder are roughly $6.00. Proceed on E-470 until it merges straight into the " Northwest Parkway ." Continue on this road until it terminates, at which point you take a right to enter onto Route 36 West towards Boulder . Then follow directions above. 

Directions from the Denver Area and South

To get to Boulder from the Denver area, go west on U.S. 36 (from I-25 or I-270) and exit at Baseline Road. Turn left (west) on Baseline Road, then right (north) on Broadway to campus.

Directions from the North
From the north, take U.S. 287 south to Highway 119 (Diagonal Highway). Highway 119 becomes Highway 157 (Foothills Parkway) just north of Boulder. Turn right (west) from Foothills Parkway onto Baseline Road. Drive west on Baseline to Broadway, then turn right (north) on Broadway to campus.

Directions from the West
Take I-70 east to U.S. 6. Go east on U.S. 6 to CO. 58. Turn right (east) on CO.58 to CO. 93. Make a left (north) onto CO. 93 towards Boulder. CO. 93 will turn into Broadway once in Boulder. Continue on Broadway (west) and you will see the campus on the right shortly after you pass Baseline Rd.

A few local lodging options can be seen here.

Questions should be sent to


Contact Information

  • Conference Coordinator: Jonah Levine
    Phone: +1.303.492.4178
    Fax: +1.303.492.1297

Payment Instructions

  • CEES will accept checks and credit cards for this conference.  Registration using a credit card can be done via the registration page.

    For registrations via check, please make the payment out to: CEES, University of Colorado at Boulder.  The check should be mailed to the following address:

    University of Colorado at Boulder
    Wolf Law Building, 401 UCB
    c/o CEES, Cactus Woodworth-Lies
    Boulder, Colorado, 80309-0401

    University Required Notice- Registration dollars will pay for many conference services including some beer and wine.

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