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Economically and Environmentally Sustainable Production of
Fuels and Chemicals from Biomass in the Southeast​

Valerie M. Thomas​
Georgia Institute of Technology​
Atlanta, Georgia​ ​

Production of fuels and chemicals from biomass can potentially support rural economies and support economic development with low environmental impact.​

The USDA is sponsoring a research project involving researchers at Northwestern University, University of South Florida, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and LanzaTech, on technology for production of fuels and chemicals from biomass.* This specific technology could produce, for example, components for plastics made from wood waste rather than from natural gas or petroleum.​

We are interested in conversations with stakeholders, to hear about the issues that matter to community members, to environmental advocates, and to people working all along the supply chain of fuel and chemical production in the southeast. We will have a stakeholders meeting on March 3 at the Georgia Tech Renewable Bioproducts Institute and we welcome participation.​

USDA Sustainable Fuels Workshop
Renewable Bioproducts Institute, Room 114
March 3, 10 am to 3 pm

We are endeavoring to establish an ongoing network and will allow the voices of stakeholders to be reflected in the research.​

*Engineered reversal of the β-oxidation cycle in clostridia for the synthesis of fuels and chemicals. Sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the US Department of Energy Biomass R&D Initiative.​