Immediate Goals

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Proposed Subcommittees

PNW-Biochar Proposed Subcommittees for Consideration

 

1.      Criteria Development – Economic Sustainability

Tasks: 

a)                  Develop minimum number of specific, measurable criteria that will meet the goals of Econ Sustainability, starting with the Mission & Principles Sustainable Biochar Document)

b)                  Select best metrics used in other standards that measure these criteria; and clarify what we want to measure if existing metrics are not adequate.

* Consider time-scale, macro factors (cumulative effects of Biochar production/utilization practices), and impacts of existing and emerging technologies

 

 

2.      Criteria Development – Social Sustainability

Tasks: 

a)                  Develop minimum number of specific, measurable criteria that will meet the goals of Social Sustainability, starting with the Mission & Principles Sustainable Biochar Document)

b)                  Select best metrics used in other standards that measure these criteria; and clarify what we want to measure if existing metrics are not adequate.

* Consider time-scale, macro factors (cumulative effects of Biochar production/utilization practices), and impacts of existing and emerging technologies

 

 

3.      Criteria Development – Environmental Sustainability

Tasks: 

a)                  Develop minimum number of specific, measurable criteria that will meet the goals of Env Sustainability, starting with the Mission & Principles of Sustainable Biochar production/utilization Document

 

o   Agro-ecology/Soil Management

o   Water Use Management/Conservation

o   Integrated Waste Management

o   Species Diversity

b)                  Select best metrics used in other standards that measure these criteria; and clarify what we want to measure if existing metrics aren’t adequate.

* Consider time-scale, macro factors (cumulative effects of Biochar production/utilization practices), and impacts of existing and emerging technologies

 

 

4.      Reference Library

Tasks: 

a)      Develop Glossary of Terms –

b)      Build Standards Comparison Database –

c)       Collect and assess quality of metrics from existing standards –

d)      Collaborate on field trials network

e)    Biochar Characterization Database


 

 

5.      Structure and Process of Standard Development

Tasks:

a)      Make recommendations on stakeholder engagement

b)      Make recommendations on collaboration with other efforts

c)       Make recommendations on modular standards development Planning (including crop-specific and supply chain modules)

d)      Make recommendations on Certification & labeling

e)      Discussion of thresholds for sustainability and inclusivity/exclusivity of standards

f)       Discussion of co-existence of different kinds of producers

g)      Discussion of what constitutes scientific evidence

h)      Biochar production/utilization management plan

 

 

6.      Regulatory Interface and Policy

a)      Government compliance

b)      Where dose Biochar fit

c)       Department of Agriculture (USDA, ARS, FS…)

d)      Department of Energy

e)      Department of Defense? (food/energy security)

f)       NGO’s (which ones to engage with)

g)      Producer Incentives and rewards

h)      Discussion of how standards will affect other sustainability efforts around the world

 

 

7.      Fundraising and outreach – continue work of Fundraising and Outreach

a)      Public outreach and education (including reaching out to groups that have opposed the process)

b)      Develop criteria for seats on Standards Committee (Set criteria for making these decisions)

 

 

8.      Inputs and Technology

Tasks: 

a)      to provide information from input companies that is relevant to standards development

b)      to provide and develop open source/traditional/non-patented techniques of production

c)    Technology oversight

d)     Discuss Precautionary Principle

 

 

 

9.  Community Issues – Incorporate into social criteria as appropriate

 

a)      Energy security

b)      Food Security

c)       Rural Infrastructure

d)      Intellectual Property

e)      Product Safety and Quality

f)       Small-to-medium scale

g)      Corporate Concentration 

h)      Rural communities- including quality of life and local hiring etc.



Committee Development Matrix

 

Sub-committees

 

 

 


Chair

 

 

 

 


 

Committees

Production


Soil

Policy




Environment


1-1


 

1-2

 

1-3


 


Economics


2-1


2-2


2-3

 

 

 


Sociological


3-1


3-2


3-3


 


Political


4-1

(Trade Assoc.)


4-2


4-3


 


Coordination

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Coordination

Information-tech. Organizational structure

 

(Definitions/glossary of terms)



(Fund raising)



(Education/outreach)



(Lobbying)


 

 






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