News EBI Researcher Named to Two Sustainable Agriculture Groups

Jody Endres, Senior Regulatory Associate with the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been selected as a member of two prestigious committees looking at sustainability issues surrounding biofuels.

Endres is an attorney with the EBI’s Biofuel Law and Regulation program. She was recently named to the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels’ (RSB) international team that is looking at draft standards to ensure sustainable production and processing of biofuels. And as a new member of the SCS-001 National Sustainable Agriculture Standards Committee, she will help with the establishment of a comprehensive framework and set of economic, environmental, and social metrics by which to determine whether an agricultural crop has been produced in a sustainable manner.

The RSB is an international initiative coordinated by the Energy Center at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland that brings together farmers, companies, governing bodies and experts concerned with ensuring the sustainability of biofuels. The RSB is developing a third-party certification system for biofuels sustainability, encompassing environmental, social and economic principles and criteria through an open, transparent, and multi-stakeholder process.

Participation in the RSB is open to any organization working in a field relevant to biofuels sustainability. Endres will represent the EBI as a member of the panel that includes intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), governments, standard-setters, specialist advisory agencies, certification agencies, and consultant experts. Also among the 32-member group are UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and the California Energy Commission.

The non-profit Leonardo Academy, headquartered in Madison, WI, is coordinating the process for developing a national U.S. standard for sustainable agriculture. The 58-member stakeholder task force includes users, producers, environmentalists, and general interest participants, including the EBI’s Endres.

The outcome of its work will be incorporated into the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) norms and guidelines. ANSI is the sole U.S. representative of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The effort on sustainable agriculture standards was launched in 2007.

Endres has over a decade of expertise in agricultural, environmental, and food law. Her current research focuses on sustainability standards for agriculture, particularly biomass. She has also conducted extensive research on laws affecting direct farm businesses.

She serves on the Executive Committee of the EBI, as well as the Council on Sustainable Biomass Production (CSBP), where she is engaged in an effort to develop sustainability standards for biomass growers and bioenergy producers. In addition, she has been nominated by the EBI to serve on the EPA Agricultural Advisory Committee. Through her work, Endres maintains strong alliances with the farming community and biomass stakeholders.


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