In late 2016, the Center completed five successful years facilitating the Executive Committee, Leadership Team, Advisory Board, and annual meetings of the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), a five-year, $40 million project supported by the US Department of Agriculture. The project addressed the environmental, social, and economic challenges of developing a sustainable supply of wood-based jet biofuels for the Pacific Northwest. The Center provided facilitation that ensured productive interaction among project leaders, researchers, and external stakeholders.
The Center also engaged policymakers at all levels throughout the Northwest via briefing papers. The project culminated in November 2016 as Alaska Airlines and NARA partnered on an historic first commercial flight using wood-based biofuel, produced by the NARA team.
Now, the WSU Office of Clean Technology has asked the Center to facilitate biannual meetings of the Sustainable Aviation Biofuels Work Group, which the State Legislature re-instituted in its 2018 Supplemental Operating Budget.