BSRI 2013 Annual Retreat — Sustainability and Bioenergy Systems

May 12, 2013 all-day
Georgia Center
1197 South Lumpkin Street
The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30605
Bioenergy Systems Research Institute

As our nation looks to plants to satisfy its growing energy demands, University of Georgia scholars are searching for answers to both long-term and near-term questions associated with bioenergy production. UGA’s Bioenergy Systems Research Institute unites the university’s legacies in agriculture, forestry, environmental science, engineering and economics with its strengths in carbohydrate science, genetics and microbiology to provide the scientific and practical foundation to support an economic and sustainable bioenergy future. Goal: Facilitate collaborations among a broad spectrum of bioenergy research efforts by providing UGA faculty and other interested stakeholders with a venue for discussing their research, outreach and instructional interests.

Program – Sustainability and Bioenergy Systems

Monday, May 13, 2013

8:00 – 8:45 Registration and Poster Set-up (Registration Desk, Pecan Tree Galleria)

8:45 – 8:50 Welcome Remarks by Dr. David Lee, Vice President for Research, UGA (Master’s Hall)

8:50 – 9:00 Welcome Remarks by Dr. Bob Scott, Associate Vice President for Research, and Executive Director, BSRI (Master’s Hall)

9:00 – 10:00 Keynote Address (Master’s Hall), Virginia H. Dale, Director, Center for BioEnergy Sustainability, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Sustainable Bioenergy Challenges and Perspectives

Dr. Virginia H. Dale is a Corporate Fellow in the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and was selected as the 2006 Distinguished Scientist for the Laboratory. She is Director of ORNL’s Center for BioEnergy Sustainability (  She obtained her M.S. in mathematics from the University of Tennessee and her Ph.D. in mathematical ecology from the University of Washington. Her primary research interests are environmental decision making, forest succession, land-use change, landscape ecology, ecological modeling, and sustainability of bioenergy systems. Virginia has authored 10 books and more than 220 published articles. She has served on national scientific advisory boards for five federal agencies (the Environmental Protection Agency, US Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, and Interior). She recently served on the committee of the US National Research Council on Renewable Fuel Standard: Potential Economic and Environmental Effects of U.S. Biofuel Policy. Virginia is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Environmental Management and serves on the editorial board of several journals.

10:00 – 10:15 Break/Poster Viewing (Pecan Tree Galleria)

10:15 – 12:00 Technical Presentations (Master’s Hall) Moderator: Dan Geller, Public Service Assistant, College of Engineering, University of Georgia

Kevin Kirsche, Director, Office of Sustainability, University of Georgia. Toward a Sustainable UGA:  Current and Future Initiatives in Academics, Research, Student Engagement and Campus Operations

Gregory Colson, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Georgia. An Economist’s Road to Sustainability

William Hubbard, Regional Forester, Coorperative Extension Service – Southern Region, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia. Sustainability and the NIFA AFRI CAP Program: Experiences from the PINEMAP and IBSS CAPS

Sarah Hitchner, Postdoc Associate, Center for Integrative Conservation Research, University of Georgia. Public Perceptions of Bioenergy and Social Impacts of Bioenergy Development on Local Communities in the Southeastern US

F.G. Courtney-Beauregard, Southeast Sustainable Bioenergy Manager, National Wildlife Federation. Going for the Win-Win: Bioenergy, Climate and a Healthy Environment

12:00 – 1:10 Lunch (Magnolia Ballroom) Michael Adams, Georgia Power Professor in Biotechnology, and Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Georgia. Biofuels: 2030 and Beyond

1:15 – 2:30 Technical Presentations (Master’s Hall) Moderator: Meredith Welch-Devine, Associate Director, Center for Integrative Conservation Research, University of Georgia.

Richard Lowrance, Research Ecologist, USDA-ARS Southeast Watershed Research Laboratory. Regional Aspects of Bioenergy Sustainability

Bharat Singh, Professor, Department of Agronomy, Fort Valley State University. Developing Sustainable Production Systems for Cellulosic Bioenergy Crops

Valerie Thomas, Associate Professor, School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. Lifecycle Carbon Emissions of Bioenergy Systems

Amanda Lang, Partner, Forisk Consulting, LLC Wood Bioenergy Markets and Sustainability

2:30 – 3:30 Break/Poster Viewing (Pecan Tree Galleria)

3:30 – 5:30 Strategic Planning Session

5:30 – 6:30 Reception and Poster Awards (Pecan Tree Galleria)