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At 2:57pm on May 29, 2009, Tom Butler said…
Kim, Here is a response to our conversation.
What should VIM do in the future?

VIM's "C" and "burn" pile represents a unique opportunity to recycle biomass to Terra Preda that has traditionally been bypassed by the new "greener" replacements of coal fired power plants by wood waste fired ones. I currently use VIM biochar in my home garden right now with fantastic results, the "C" pile represents what might be the best soil amendment material found in terms of quality and volume in all of Indiana. We need to get all of this material out of their yard and into farm fields, gardens and/or horticulture facilities in the region as quickly as possible.

The biggest obstacle to the superior option of creating charcoal from wood is the opportunity to combust it completely as an alternative fuel to coal. There is some fantastic research coming out of the University of Georgia about making carbon "negative" biodiesel from wood that has Terra Preda / Biochar for soil amendment as the carbon sink soil amendment byproduct.

Here is a good article about the pros and cons of large scale wood fired electricity plants in Indiana. http://tr.im/mOV8

In addition to 100% consumptive demand for electricity production, there is also tremendous product demand for wood chips for mulch and also animal bedding from VIM.

The problem that exists is that there is demand for biomass that exceeds the ability of even VIM huge capacity to supply all sources.

My concern is that all wood waste will be completely combusted to make a carbon "neutral" fuel because it is more economically viable for most wood than carbon "negative" biochar combusting from live newer wood wastes.

Here are some great articles for more information on the promise of biochar or Terra Preda:




I hope this helps Kim and I look forward to helping in any way that I can to improve biomass recycling in Elkhart, IN and I have already devoted hundreds of hours to this in the past.
At 8:01am on May 21, 2009, Tom Butler said…
I would love to talk generally about the prospects of putting the right people together with the right technologies in the biomass recycling fields. It has been my passion for nearly three years now, I will give you a call!
At 6:59pm on May 20, 2009, Tom Butler said…
Thanks for adding a former VIM executive to your list of "friends" ;)
At 3:11pm on December 16, 2008, Jim Coplen said…
I plan to be at the next meeting.
At 11:26am on December 13, 2008, Indiana Living Green said…
Congratulations on your award from HEC! Obviously your services are greatly needed in Indiana.
At 4:24pm on December 12, 2008, A Greener Indiana said…
Thank you for becoming a member of AGI, you are most welcome here. Feel free to make it your place and invite your friends to take a look and see what they think. Hopefully they will join the site and participate!

A Greener Indiana is an organization and online community who’s purpose is to support other organizations, businesses, and citizens who contribute to sustainability and want to join the movement of heralding the green paradigm in Indiana.

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Your expertise is needed on this site! What are your strong points in environmental awareness? What are your curiosities? Is there a particular arena or field we could help empower you with? AGI's members are specialists in many areas and AGI has a staff that is able to offer full support and assistance in environmental work and issues, community and economic development, advertising, promotions, web design, and programming. If you have a question or a request. DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK!

The idea here is to support you in helping to support communities and Indiana as a whole to make the change over to more sustainable practices.... To help everybody learn how they can improve all of the little things so that together we make a BIG DIFFERENCE.

There are many groups you can join on www.AGreenerIndiana.com. Besides the resource based environmental arenas of: Land, Water, Air, Energy, Policy, and Advocacy, there are many other groups that are interconnected to sustainability and the green paradigm including recreation, health/wellness, agriculture, building and design, community development, economic development, products, arts, humanities and many more.

You can share your awareness and activities in any of the above through the many facets this site offers and more soon to come. Chat around, friend up like minded individuals, post, blog, make and form groups. These are just some of the ways in which you may interact and utilize this site to further your work and explore your greener passions.

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