The community outreach team will first gather input from regional stakeholders to better understand the economic and political context for biofuel de-velopment. Community expertise will help guide researchers as they develop scenarios in-volving harvest, processing and transportation options for use in mathematical models and simulations. These scenarios will address community and industry priorities and help local, state and regional stakeholders make informed decisions. Additionally, an advisory board will provide local and regional perspective, help interpret and disseminate research results.
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Darin Saul is the Associate Director of the Office of Community Partnerships. Previously he was the Sustainability Director and Director of the Sustainability Center at University of Idaho. Before coming to Idaho, he worked at Washington State University in positions related to sustainability and environmental education, and was the owner and director of Ecovista, an ecological research and planning company. He has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Washington State University.
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Priscilla’s responsibility is to support university partnerships with communities, non-profit organizations, and public agencies throughout Idaho. She has over 20 years of experience building connections between universities and their statewide constituents, with a focus on rural economic development. Priscilla’s books include How to Conduct Your Own Survey (with Don Dillman), Guide to Rural Data (with Anita Waller), and Small Towns, Big Picture.
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Soren is a research associate for the Office of Community Partnerships. Soren earned her Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Science from Washington State University in 2013 with a focus on natural resource sociology, community sociology, and social science research methods. Soren’s research has examined communities’ responses to water privatization as well as capacity to adapt to environmental hazards, such as wildfire. Soren has Bachelors’ degrees in Spanish and Sociology from the University of Idaho and an M.A. in Sociology from Washington State University. From a grain farm near Orofino, Idaho, Soren loves adventuring outdoors, gardening, and learning about native plants.
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Debbie’s passion is linking the university with Idaho communities, pairing student energy and knowledge with community needs. Since 2004, Debbie has coordinated over $5 million in grants, including the Northwest Area Foundation’s Horizons Leadership and Poverty Reduction program in 49 Idaho communities. Debbie contributes to the Idaho at a Glance series and creates maps for the Indicators Northwest website. She grew up on a wheat farm/cattle ranch in southeastern Idaho and obtained an M.S. in Environmental Science—Policy and Law from UI.
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Sue has been at the University of Idaho intermittently for nearly twenty years. She has recently landed at OCP as the Financial Manager. She graduated from Northwest Nazarene University with a degree in Business. She has lived abroad and traveled internationally. She is active in the Mitochondrial Research Guild at Seattle Children’s Hospital and volunteers as treasurer for her local church and food bank. Sue keeps busy tracking her husband and sons’ activities, and minding her youngest son’s health and schooling.
- What do people in rural communities understand about bioenergy development options?
What are their self-expressed information needs?
- What do they want to know?
What do people in rural communities think about different scenarios involving harvest, processing and transportation?
- What are the benefits and tradeoffs for different scenarios?
- What do they see as opportunities and obstacles involved with using woody biomass for a renewable energy source?