Boulder receives grant for biochar work

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Jun. 10—Boulder obtained a $100,000 grant from the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance Game Changer Fund to support its bioenergy-biochar work.

It also was selected as one of 10 global cities to submit a biochar project proposal to Bloomberg Philanthropies, an organization that will provide technical assistance and matched funding to assist Boulder as it develops a city-wide project. It will be competing for two years of funding to support the work.

The production of biochar — charcoal that is produced by pyrolysis of biomass in the absence of oxygen — captures carbon from the atmosphere and locks it into the soil, where it provides nutrients to help trees and plants grow, according to a city news release.

"Biochar is one of a small set of carbon drawdown and utilization strategies identified by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as ready to deploy in our efforts to stabilize climate," Senior Sustainability and Resilience Policy Analyst Brett KenCairn stated in the release.

Boulder received the Carbon Neutral Cities grant alongside Minneapolis, Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. Together, the cities will develop a bioenergy-biochar action strategy focused on urban forestry and biosolids-to-biochar. Biosolids are organic matter recycled from sewage.

According to the release, Boulder must pay to dispose of more than 1,000 tons of woody biomass "waste" generated in the city. The project aims to capture and convert this material into biochar, which can be used in urban forestry expansion and storm water treatment objectives, the release states. The heat emitted in production can be used to displace natural gas use.

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