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May 16-17, 2017: Training Workshop
On May 16th and 17th, the Sierra Institute held the third RCDI Training workshop. There were 52 participants in the workshop, which included sessions on BioMAT, the Tree Mortality Task Force, brownfields cleanup, technology development and finance. Attendees included both RCDI recipients and researchers from the Waste to Wisdom project.
This workshop was co-hosted by the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment and the California State Wood Energy Team. Support came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Community Development Initiative and the U.S. Forest Service.
May 17, 2016: Tom Peters’s Webinar on Planning, Funding and Implementing Large Biomass Projects
Thank you to all who participated in this webinar. We will be adding notes to the page by the end of the week. For now please refer to the links below:
Tom Peters’s PowerPoint Presentation (PDF, 50.4MB)
Planning, Funding and Implementing Large Biomass Projects (Link to recording, download recording for best quality)
Webinar Notes (PDF, 718 kB)
April 5-6 2016: Training Workshop
On April 5-6 the Sierra Institute held the second RCDI Training workshop, focusing on capacity building and wood utilization. There were 37 attendees participating in the two-day workshop, including 21 RCDI recipients. Other participants included project partners, technical advisers, and government officials.
*This workshop was made possible by a grant from USDA Rural Development. The Statewide Wood Energy Team was a sponsoring partner for this event, and the meeting was hosted by the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC)
October 26, 2015: RCDI Training- Fuel Supply Agreements and Sierra Fellows Recording | Tad Mason, TSS Consults, Fuel Supply Agreements Presentation (pdf, 2 MB)
June 9, 2015: RCDI Peer Networking Web-Conference (link to recording)
June 5, 2015: RCDI Board Development Presentation (ppt, 1,026 KB)
April 2-3, 2015: Training Workshop
On April 2-3, the Sierra Institute and partners* facilitated a two day technical training workshop. The workshop had 38 participants, 32 of whom were sponsored by RCDI and 6 of whom were sponsored by the California State Wood Energy Team. Of the 38 in attendance, there were 15 representatives of 13 small scale, biomass utilization projects as well as 23 experts in the fields of biomass technology, finance, public policy, and organizational capacity.
The workshop offered 27 presentations on technical and organizational capacity training. The training sessions generated next steps for projects such as continued peer networking, as well exploring opportunities for collective investor pooling and securing joint legal services.
*This workshop was made possible by a grant from USDA Rural Development. Sponsoring partners for this workshop included: The Watershed Research and Training Center, The Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and University of California: Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
February 2, 2015: Recipient Overviews and Building Capacity (link to recording)