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California Bioresources Economy Summit



California has great potential to leverage its proven leadership, innovations, institutional and technical expertise, and abundant and diverse biomass resources to address climate change and improve air quality while creating high-value bioproducts.

Day 1 - Tuesday, January 29, 2019*

7:30 – 8:30 am Check-in

8:30 – 9:00 am Logistical announcements

9:00 – 9:45 am
Welcome & Keynote Address

Introduction & Welcome

  • Richard Corey, Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board


  • Dr. Mary Maxon, Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
  • Keynote Speaker 2, To Be Announced

9:45 – 11:00 am
Session 1: Overview of Available Bioresources Information


Dr. Corinne Scown, Staff Scientist/Engineer, Energy and Environmental Policy, LBNL


  • Dr. Kevin Fingermann, Assistant Professor, Energy and Climate, Humboldt State University
  • Rachelle Hedges, Project and Policy Analyst, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, UC Berkeley
  • Kyle Pogue, Environmental Program Manager, CalRecycle
  • Angela Lottes, Assistant Deputy Director for Climate and Energy, CalFIRE

11:00 – 11:10 am • Break

11:10 am – 12:25 pm
Session 2: Current and Future Technologies and Strategies


Dr. Blake Simmons, Division Director, Biological Systems & Engineering, LBNL


  • Eric McAfee, Chairman/CEO, Aemetis
  • Dr. Jay Keasling, CEO and Director of New Pathways and Metabolic Models, Joint BioEnergy Institute; CSTO for Biosciences and Faculty Senior Scientist, LBNL
  • Dr. Mark Philbrick, Waste-to-Energy Coordinator, Bioenergy Technologies Office, US Department of Energy
  • Speaker 4, To Be Announced

12:25 – 1:30 pm • Lunch

Sponsored networking lunch, with possible Keynote Speaker (To Be Announced)

1:30 – 2:45 pm
Session 3: Learning from Global Experience


Dr. Jack Saddler, Professor, Department of Wood Science, University of British Columbia


  • James Spaeth, Program Manager, US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, Advanced Development & Optimization
  • Dr. Glaucia Mendes Souza, Associate Professor, Institute of Chemistry, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Dr. Johanna Buchert, President/CEO, Luke Natural Resources Institute, Finland
  • Speaker 4, To Be Announced

2:45 – 4:00 pm
Session 4: Learning from Biomass Supply Chains


Dr. Stephen Kaffka, Director of the California Biomass Collaborative, Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis


  • Dr. Karen Lapsley, Chief Scientific Officer, Almond Board of California {or designee}
  • Jeff Welch, Vice President of Strategic Projects, Aemetis
  • Steve Brink, Vice President of Public Resources, California Forestry Association
  • Paul Relis, Senior Vice President, CR&R Incorporated

4:00 – 4:15 pm • Break

4:15 – 5:30 pm
Session 5: Regulatory and Technical Challenges


Alan Abbs, Legislative Officer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and former Executive Director for the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA)


  • Julia Levin, Executive Director, Bioenergy Association of California
  • Lyle Schlyer, President, Calgren Renewable Fuels
  • Dr. Howard Levenson, Deputy Director, Materials Management and Local Assistance, CalRecycle
  • Speaker 4, To Be Announced

5:30 – 7:30 pm • Networking Reception

Join us for refreshments and network with policymakers, bioresource experts, technology innovators, researchers, and community leaders.

Sponsor To Be Announced

Day 2 - Wednesday, January 30, 2019*

9:00 – 10:25 am
Session 6: Financing, Incentives, and Market Development


Christopher Hessler, Founder, AJW Inc.


  • Laurie ten Hope, Deputy Director, Research & Development Division, California Energy Commission
  • Rohit Shukla, CEO, Larta Institute
  • Ted Kniesche, Vice President of Business Development, Fulcrum Bioenergy
  • Speaker 4, To Be Announced

10:25 – 10:35 am • Break

10:35 – 11:55 am
Session 7: Effective Governance and Stewardship


  • Senator Dean Florez, Board Member, California Air Resources Board and President/CEO, Balance Public Relations, Inc.
  • Kevin Hamilton, CEO, Central California Asthma Collaborative


  • Speaker 1, To Be Announced
  • Speaker 2, To Be Announced
  • Speaker 3, To Be Announced
  • Speaker 4, To Be Announced

11:55 am – 12:05 pm • Break

12:05 – 1:00 pm
Summary and Call to Action


  • Ashley Conrad-Saydah, Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy, California Environmental Protection Agency

Cost not posted until you begin registration process.

CA Air Resources Board


David Brower Center

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