June 3, 2010
Kane Hall 130, 6:30PM
Solar, wind, and biomass resources are the three leading options for renewable energy production at a scale that will make a difference in the U.S. energy economy. However, each is a diffuse resource and their implementations will impact landscapes on truly large scales. It is therefore important to consider environmental and societal impacts along with the technological and economic considerations. The failure to adequately balance all these concerns has significantly slowed the development of renewable energy. This talk describes new work aimed at improving both renewable energy production and ecosystem services at the same time, with a special focus on bioenergy. We partner with several Columbia River Basin Tribes, where interdisciplinary team planning is the norm, in order to address questions such as, "Can we affordably co-develop bioenergy, biodiversity, and resiliency on the landscape?"