Voices for Good Air awarded $100K for ‘Forest Waste to Biochar’ initiative
By Ellen Cools
Environment and Climate Change Canada has awarded Voices for Good Air (VFGA) a $100,000 EcoAction Community Funding Program grant for its ‘Forest Waste to Biochar’ initiative.
According to Interior News, the initiative is focused on the viability of turning forest residues into biochar and storing it in soil as a possible way of removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere through carbon sequestration. VFGA is also looking at using the soil additive in agriculture and gardening in the B.C. Interior region.
The grant will also help provide training and employment skills for unemployed and underemployed people in the region. The VFGA aims to employ several Wet’suwet’en youth 18-25 years old and give them skills they can use in the industry. Interior News reports that, so far, eight Wet’suwet’en individuals have been employed to work on the initiative.
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