Environmental, Social & Economic Impacts projects

Reducing Risk and Dependency to Create Energetic Working Forests: Developing a Systems-Based Approach to Sustainability

The goal of the project is to analyze the viability of sustainable woody bioenergy systems for forested regions throughout North America. We will utilize an interdisciplinary, systems-based approach that integrates ecological, economic and social aspects of forestry to compare and contrast the production economics, market conditions, climate change impacts, and environmental sustainability challenges to identify common opportunities and risks for the development of sustainable bioenergy systems. We will produce two outputs: (i) a synthetic assessment of sustainable bioenergy production from North American forests; (ii) case studies revealing regional differences in constraints and opportunities for forest-sourced bioenergy feedstocks that will be integrated into evolving forest and wood products system where biofuels rather than paper products will be the major end use for moderate value wood products.

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2014 Highlights

Our project is analyzing the viability of sustainable woody bioenergy systems for forested regions throughout North America. We are utilizing an interdisciplinary approach that integrates ecological, economic and social aspects of forestry to compare and contrast the production economics, market conditions, climate change impacts, and environmental sustainability challenges to identify common opportunities and risks for the development of sustainable bioenergy systems. We are working to produce two outputs: (i) a synthetic assessment of sustainable bioenergy production from North American forests, and (ii) case studies revealing regional differences in constraints and opportunities for forest sourced bioenergy feedstocks.

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