July 21 | SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT WEBINAR – Use of Biochar in Soil Restoration, Landscaping and Green Infrastructure

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 / 1:30 – 2:45 PM ET

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  • Tom Miles, Executive Director, U.S. Biochar Initiative
  • Mark Highland, President, Organic Mechanics Soil Company
  • Chuck Hegberg, V.P. off Business Development at Ecotone, Inc./ Owner, Infinite Solutions

Biochar is a charcoal-like substance made by thermally treating organic material from urban, agricultural and forestry wastes (also called biomass) in a controlled process called pyrolysis.

Three experts in the production and use of biochar will discuss and provide examples of the conversion of urban organic residues to biochar for use in urban landscaping, restoration of urban soils and green infrastructure.

Tom Miles
Tom MilesTom is a biomass energy engineering consultant from Portland, Oregon. With more than 40 years in the design and development of systems for conversion of industrial and urban wood residues, and agricultural residues including crop straws and manures, he finds biochars to be useful for nutrient and residue management.Tom chairs the International Biochar Initiative and the U.S. Biochar Initiative.
Mark Highland
Mark HighlandMark received his B.S. degree in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida. Later he focused his M.S. degree studies in the Longwood Graduate Program on compost and potting soil. After the Longwood Graduate Program, Mark started The Organic Mechanic Soil Company, LLC in 2006.Mark has served as a consultant for the EPA and Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and recently received the Young Professional Award from the Perennial Plant Association.
Chuck Hegberg
Mark HighlandChuck is the Vice President, Business Development for Ecotone, an ecological restoration design/build firm and owner of Infinite Solutions, a mid-Atlantic biochar sales and implementation company focusing on urban systems. He has 30 Years of Experience in the Environmental and Engineering Consulting and Construction Industry.Chuck served as past chair for the USBI Biochar 2018 Conference held in Wilmington, DE and a board member of the U.S. Biochar Initiative.