SAFER’s 2011 Year in Review

Happy New Year!

Take a quick look at what SAFER’s been up to in 2011 and where we’re going in 2012:

Highlights of 2011:

  • Released the report Implications of Biomass Definitions in January 2011. The SAFER Advisory Council hosted a Congressional Briefing as well as a webinar to share the report’s findings.
  • Convened a state policy dialogue in Virginia that resulted in the white paper: The Opportunities & Challenges of Virginia’s Bioeconomy. The white paper was also presented at the Virginia Alternative & Renewable Energy Association’s annual meeting.
  • Convened the Southern Bioenergy Networks Meeting with nearly 40 representatives of bioenergy networks across the South to discuss network development, Southern challenges, and ways to work together as a region.
  • Completed seven bioeconomy commentaries on topics such as rural job creation, innovation, and public policy.
  • Published bioeconomy case studies on the Tennessee Renewable Energy & Economic Development Council and the Georgia Bioenergy One Stop Shop.
  • Co-sponsored Bio Pro Expo 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia; ASES National Solar Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina; and the Southeast Bioenergy Conference in Tifton, Georgia.

All these publications can be found under the “Publications” tab.

What’s planned for in 2012:

  • Follow up and implementation on the action items identified at the Southern Bioenergy Networks Meeting.
  • State policy dialogues focused on economic development and the bioeconomy across the South.
  • Continued publication of SAFER commentaries and case studies.
  • Update and redesign of the Southern Bioenergy State Fact Sheets.

We look forward to working with you in 2012!


Liam Leightley

SAFER Chairman

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