South Seattle Community College, in partnership with the Seattle Biochar Working Group (, is hosting a presentation by noted Biochar expert Dr. Paul Anderson at 7 pm on Thursday, July 30.  Dr. Anderson will speak about the role of fuel efficient, clean burning, charcoal producing stoves as a critical response to environmental and health challenges the world faces. His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion including Dr. Susan Bolton, University of Washington faculty mentor for the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB)…/ewb_bolivia.html , and Scott Eaton of SeaChar.Org.

On Saturday August 1, from 10 am – 4 pm, Dr. Anderson and SeaChar will supervise a hands-on stove- building workshop. Participants will assemble the Top Lit Up Draft (TLUD) micro-gasifying, biomass cook stove, which was developed by Dr. Anderson. All tools and materials will be provided.

Biochar is an emerging technology for carbon cycle and environmental services management. The carbon negative strategy is a potentially powerful tool for locking up substantial amounts of CO2 while increasing the health and productivity of soils and waterways.

Dr. Paul Anderson is Co-Director of the Biomass Energy Foundation and co-owner of Chip Energy, Inc.

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Come to our 1st annual Black Earth Ball. Held on Magnolia @ 3040 17th Ave.W. (just off Dravius and 15th Ave. W.) On Friday July 30th Please join SeaChar.Org and Char For Change for a social evening of music, food and dancing in the moonlight. We will host the rocking roots sounds of: Big Dirt, featuring the guitar genius of UW Prof. David Montgomery. David is perhaps best known to most of you as the author of “Dirt: The Erosion of Civilization”. Suggested donation is $10. Gates open at 7:30pm and the music plays from 8:30pm to 10pm