Carbon Removal Forum

The Carbon Removal Forum is a campus-wide event to harness knowledge and capacity toward developing an Iowa State University program in agriculturally based carbon removal.

March 10, 2021
9:00 am– 12:00 pm CST

Virtual via Zoom (link to come)
The event is free but we ask you to register.

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Carbon reduction vs. carbon removal

Carbon reduction — reduce the rate at which carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere.

Carbon removal — remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

See Initiative in Agriculturally-based Carbon Removal

Why should you attend?

The forum is intended to introduce ISU to the concepts of carbon reduction and removal from the atmosphere through agricultural activities. Follow-up discussions will ensue on how ISU can contribute to carbon reduction and removal to help curb climate change and inform participation in developing carbon markets. The desired outcome is proposals for research, education, and extension on agriculturally based carbon removal.

Who is invited?

Students, faculty, staff, and concerned citizens who would like to understand how agricultural practices and engineering technologies can help mitigate climate change through carbon removal from the atmosphere.

What’s next?

Following the Carbon Removal Forum, we plan to engage scientists, engineers, students, leaders, and other stakeholders across Iowa and the U.S. in regular virtual discussions starting April 7th, 2021. The goal of these discussions is to continue to move collaborative research forward, identifying research gaps in bringing new revenue streams to Iowa farms through carbon removal, and a statewide carbon removal assessment to help quantify the benefits of carbon removal to Iowa’s economy.

Featured speakers

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G. Philip Robertson
University Distinguished Professor
Michigan State University


Title: ‘Agricultural climate solutions: Prospects for real mitigation’
Abstract: Negative carbon emissions are central to strategies for keeping global temperature increases below 1.5 °C by 2100, and land management options are among the most available and affordable. Some are more mature than others, some have been challenged as uncertain or overstated, and still, others are mutually exclusive. All will require incentives for farmers and others to participate. How much mitigation that various practices can be expected to deliver depends on balancing multiple environmental priorities and uncertainties, and a good starting place is a targeted discussion of the current state of knowledge for US agricultural lands.

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Daniel L. Sanchez
Assistant Specialist
University of California-Berkeley


Title: ‘Opportunities for engineered carbon removal in the U.S.’

Abstract: Stringent climate change mitigation scenarios rely on large-scale drawdown of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which can be achieved through a range of engineered technologies. This will review emerging commercial engineered carbon removal technologies in the United States, and discuss the corporate, economic, and regulatory drivers driving their deployment. Amongst options, the conversion of biomass and storage of biogenic carbon in geologic reservoirs or long-lived products is a particularly promising candidate for near-term carbon drawdown.


9:00 AM – Kickoff w/ BEI Director Robert Brown, ISU
9:05 AM – President Wendy Wintersteen, ISU
9:10 AM – Provost Jonathan Wickert, ISU
9:15 AM – VPR Peter Dorhout, ISU
9:25 AM – Dr. Phil Robertson, MSU
Presentation Title: Agricultural climate solutions: Prospects for real mitigation
9:45 AM – Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A
10:20 AM – Short Break
10:35 AM – Dr. Dan Sanchez, UC-Berkley
Presentation Title: Opportunities for engineered carbon removal in the U.S.
10:55 AM – Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A
11:35 AM – Dean Robinson, ISU
11:40 AM – Dean Easterling, ISU
11:45 AM – Wrap Up & Propose Action Items w/ BEI Associate Director Lisa Schulte Moore, ISU

More information

This forum is being organized by Iowa State’s Bioeconomy Institute.


Ali Kraber
Industry Collaboration Coordinator
Bioeconomy Institute

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