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Forest Service and Alaska Energy Authority award contract for biomass-fueled greenhouse handbook for Alaska schools


JUNEAU, Alaska—July 13, 2016. Inspired by a number of Alaska success stories in places like Thorne Bay and Tok, the USDA Forest Service has funded a contract that has been issued by Southeast Conference through its partner, the Alaska Energy Authority, to the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) to develop a handbook for biomass-heated greenhouses in Alaska. This effort supports the Department of Agriculture’s objectives of supporting rural community economic development, lowering the cost of energy in rural Alaska, local renewable energy utilization, and food security and childhood nutrition. 


Living in rural Alaska is filled with challenges with the cost of energy and access to inexpensive, fresh food effecting every aspect of life. A steering committee of stakeholders will guide this project and leverage the knowledge base developed from the many successful projects already deployed by leading Alaskan educators and community leaders. This project will develop a practical handbook to help interested communities plan, build and manage a biomass-heated greenhouse that will provide hands-on opportunities to use science and technical education to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs while providing nutritious, fresh vegetables year-round.


The Biomass-Heated Greenhouse Handbook will be available in the spring of 2017 at: http://www.akenergyauthority.org/.


For more information about the Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry Program, please visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r10/communityforests.


The Alaska Region of the Forest Service manages almost 22 million acres of land within the Chugach and Tongass National Forests to meet society’s needs for a variety of goods, services, and amenities while enhancing the Forests’ health and productivity, and to foster similar outcomes for State and private forestland across Alaska. The U.S. Forest service is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture.


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