Sustainability columnist wins ‘Vision’ award |

Sustainability columnist wins ‘Vision’ award

Keith Logan, writer of the “Green Cafe” column that appears in business pages of The Union, has been recognized by the Sierra Business Council.

The founder of Logan and Associates sustainability consulting is being honored for the council’s Vision 2020 Awards along with the group he helped to start, the Northern Sierra Biomass Utilization Task Force.

Logan and the task force members are among five people or groups honored as “leaders and visionaries in the areas of conservation, energy, smart planning and growth, sustainable development and affordable housing,” the

council said.

The task force is a broad-based group including Nevada County Supervisors looking at ways to use fire fuels in area forests for energy co-generation. It formed with the help of the Economic Resource Council of Nevada County

“People show a pragmatic openness to exploring economic possibilities in sustainability and clean tech economies,” Logan wrote in an early column introducing the task force.

Logan links co-generation with woody biomass to healthy forests and fire safety.

“The North Sierra Biomass Task Force is analyzing the economics and finances on different uses for the woody biomass to see which processes provide the highest value for the biomass,” Logan wrote in another column.

“If a company could get enough value from the biomass, it would help pay some of the costs of getting it out of the woods,” he wrote. “If we can get this build-up of fuels out of the woods, we may not be able to prevent the fire that will come, but we can try to get it on our terms, burning where and how we want it.”

The activities of Vision 2020 award recipients “demonstrate the immense value the Sierra region brings to the state of California,” council President Steven Frisch said.

“Some of the greatest things happen under conditions of adversity, and at Sierra Business Council, we’re committed to approaches that create opportunity from those exact circumstances,” spokeswoman Nikki Streegan added.

Other Vision 2020 Award winners are Reed Tollefson from Audubon California’s Kern River Preserve; Meea Kang of Domus Development; and Jim Turner from Sierra Pacific Industries’ Loyalton co-generation power plant.

A Lifetime Achievement award will be given to Mike Chrisman, the former secretary for natural resources for the California Resource Agency.

They will be feted at a free event, open to the public, at the California Capitol from 5 to 8 p.m. April 14 at the Leland Stanford Mansion in Sacramento.

The Sierra Business Council, a regional nonprofit dedicated to promoting sustainability, is accepting donations for the event. To RSVP, visit

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