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Environmental Club of the Future

How has this idea enhanced your club's operation, etc.?

Biochar fertilizer is a fine-grained residue produced via pyrolysis, by the direct thermal decomposition of biomass. eg. old wood or residual products and waste that would otherwise not be useful. Resulting in a charcoal like substance. Which makes it effective in all types of vegetation and green areas, that means we can use it in home and urban environments.

It is produced via gasifiers that burn the biochar between 300 and 1000 degrees Celsius in a controlled environment so that the process does not create emissions.

Biochar is great for the environment, it improves the quality of arable land, it’s a carbon sink that binds Co2 captured from the atmosphere, its relatively cost effective.

How was this idea implemented, and what have been the club members' reactions?

Biochar application for Golf Courses -30-40% increase in volumetric soil moisture content, >40% greater turfgrass root depth, Reduction in leaching of Nitrate, enhanced color, and uniformity, increase in turfgrass disease resistance.

Biochar has many functions from air cleaning, feed supplement, water treatment and even help with dryland aerial forest restoria via biochar seedballs that when dropped it protects the seed from predators extreme temperatures until rain arrives, once soaked it prolongs and retains a moist environment around the seed encouraging germination.

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Amanda Sprenger

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