Sustainable Futures Speaker Series

In this Sustainable Futures Speakers Series event, Kevin Fingerman and Jerome Carman discuss new research from the Schatz Center which sheds light on the net environmental impacts of the use of forest residues for bioenergy, informing policymakers as to whether, and under what circumstances, such systems should be supported. California faces a forest management crisis, as severe drought, wildfire, and pest infestation conditions continue to worsen in the face of climate change. As part of the response to these challenges, policymakers are increasingly focused on using residues from forest management activities as fuel for electric power generation. If managed properly, bioelectricity could help support sustainable forest management while also advancing California’s renewable energy and climate goals. However, there are also legitimate concerns surrounding the climate and air quality impacts of these systems as they exist today. Dr. Kevin Fingerman is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science & Management at Humboldt State University. His research employs life cycle assessment, geospatial analysis, and simulation modeling tools to evaluate the broad-based impacts of bioenergy and transportation energy systems. He has also worked extensively on the water/energy nexus and on bioenergy policy. Prior to joining HSU Kevin worked in Rome for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. He holds MS and PhD degrees from UC Berkeley’s Energy & Resources Group. Jerome Carman is a graduate of the Environmental Systems master’s program at Humboldt State University (HSU), where he focused on energy systems engineering with an emphasis on thermodynamic analysis. Jerome has a diverse background: complimented by a bachelor’s degree in physics, he has published work in both high energy particle physics and atmospheric physics. Over the past seven years his professional career has focused on state and local government planning and policy, specializing in climate action planning, greenhouse gas life cycle assessment, and low carbon transportation. The talk will take place at 5:30 pm on Thursday, November 14th in Founders Hall 118 on the HSU campus. For more information, call 826-4345 or visit schatzcenter.org/speakers.