March 26 -- The 2014 Forestry Awareness Day (FAD), held on Monday, March 17, was a big boon for bioenergy. At the issue briefing held in the morning, Dave Dungate and Charlie Niebling delivered excellent talking points to the FAD participants, which enabled participants, even with little prior knowledge about bioenergy, to speak thoughtfully about bioenergy issues to the legislators and staff with whom they visited. The issues for FAD 2014 were:
- Forest Taxation
- Urban Forestry
- Wood Energy
- Promotion of Forest Management & Conservation
- Improving & Protecting Forest Health
February 4 – Dr. Thomas E. Amidon has been designated one of the top 300 most influential people in the bioeconomy, as selected by editors of the field’s most widely distributed trade publication,
. The bioeconomy is a reference to the use of biological material, such as trees, plants, algae, and municipal solid waste, as the basis for creating energy and other commercial goods.
In being honored with this distinction, Dr. Amidon joins the ranks shared by Tom Vilsack, the US Secretary of Agriculture; Ernest Moniz, the US Secretary of Energy; and a group of CEOs from around the world whose companies are leading the next-generation development of renewable energy and sustainable products. Dr. Amidon was also recently presented with the SUNY College of Environmental Sciences & Forestry’s “Exemplary Researcher Award” for his work at the university where he is a professor and former department chair.