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District Heating Systems and Biofuels for California's Energy Future

Stephen Kaffka, UC Davis and Catherine Brinkley, UC Davis

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Oct 06, 2016
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM


1130 K Street, Room LL3

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Moderated by Patrick Saxton, Advisor to California Energy Commissioner Andrew McAllister.

Catherine Brinkley is an Assistant Professor of  Community and Regional DeveBrinkleylopment in the Department of Human Ecology at UC Davis. As a cross-disciplinary thinker, she offers a One Health approach to food studies through herr expertise in city and regional planning (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) and veterinary medicine (VMD, University of Pennsylvania). The Urban Planning background gives her research a focus on place-based policies and interventions. The veterinary training underpins a whole systems approach, considering health shared among humans, animals and the environment. Food is at the crux of these systems. As such, her research is primarily focused on integrating agricultural ecosystems services with urban areas.

She has developed several lines of inquiry investigating value-added agricultural networks which create opportunities, such as local food security and peri-urban on-farm clean energy solutions. She is currently mapping local food sales and value-added farm amenities to end users, generating a rural-urban integration land-use model, which is tested nationally through multivariate spatial regression in GIS. She connects this regional work with local field work on fresh food access and cost in low-income neighborhoods.


Stephen Kaffka is Director of the California Biomass Collaborative and extension specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California, Davis. He is chair of the BioEnergy Work Group for the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He has advised the California Energy Commission on agricultural and sustainability issues, and serves as an ex officio member of the Bioenergy Interagency Work Group. He is a member of the National Research Council’s committee on Economic and Environmental Impacts of Increasing Biofuel Production. From 2003 to 2007 he was director of the Long Term Research on Agricultural Systems Project. As director he led the development of current and new projects focusing on sustainable agriculture. His commodity assignments include sugar and oilseed crops, and has worked on agriculture and water quality projects.

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