October 14, 2010

Cornell University Center for a Sustainable Future Receives $5 Million Gift

Posted in Philanthropy at 8:47 pm by philanthropynews

Cornell University has announced a five-year, $5 million gift to its Center for a Sustainable Future from entrepreneur Yossie Hollander and his family to support a research project designed to address energy needs in the developing world.

The project aims to help people in developing countries at risk of losing access to liquid fuels and other energy resources due to an increase in global demand for oil. Conducted by a multidisciplinary team of scientists, the project will focus on using slow pyrolysis — the thermal decomposition of organic material without the use of oxygen — to generate biofuels and biochar, a charcoal-like material. As part of the project, associate professor of soil science Johannes Lehmann, a leading authority on biochar, will travel to Kenya to establish and equip a village-scale pyrolysis facility.

(Read more via Philanthropy News Digest.)

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