Kelpie Wilson – Biochar

Kelpie Wilson



Kelpie Wilson is an engineer and analyst with 30 years of experience in renewable energy, sustainable forestry and resource conservation.

Since 2008 she has focused on biochar. From 2008-2012 she was employed by the International Biochar Initiative and was responsible for managing a multi-stakeholder process to draft the first international standards and testing guidelines for biochar materials.

She has consulted with private industry and government agencies through her company Wilson Biochar Associates. Her contracts have included work for Cool Planet Energy Systems, Gates Foundation, World Bank, Washington Department of Ecology, North Dakota Forest Service, and many others.

She is on the board of the US Biochar Initiative and is a founder of and contributing editor to The Biochar Journal.

Currently she is directing a Conservation Innovation Grant through the NRCS and South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership working with farmers to make biochar from waste biomass and use it in manure management. She works with several local groups in Oregon promoting sustainable forestry and agriculture, and presents many classes and workshops on small scale biochar production and use every year.


  • In June 2013, Kelpie completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professional Education Short Course Certificate in Energy, Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment.
  • Kelpie graduated with honors from California State University, Chico, with a BS in mechanical engineering. She also did two semesters of graduate work in mechanical engineering at CSU, Chico.




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