The Penn Regenerative Ag Alliance Workshop
Kleinman Energy Forum
Fisher Fine Arts Library
220 S 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Regenerative agricultural describes holistic farming and grazing practices aimed at improving soil health. Unlike sustainable agriculture that intends to maintain farming systems, regenerative practices apply techniques to restore and revitalize farms and neighboring ecosystems.
Agriculture today is under scrutiny, because it is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Regenerative agriculture offers a solution by rebuilding soil organic matter, reviving degraded soil biodiversity, and facilitating carbon sequestration. New approaches, however, must not compromise productivity, since the world population is growing exponentially.
How can we increase production as we simultaneously reduce emissions?
To address this generational challenge, the Penn Regenerative Agriculture Alliance hosts its first annual workshop to stimulate interdisciplinary discourse around future models of agriculture. The alliance is a collaboration between the Center for Stewardship Agriculture and Food Security at Penn Vet and the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design. The workshop is funded by a research community grant from Penn’s Environmental Innovations Initiative and welcomes participants from schools across campus.
10:00 AM: WELCOME
10:20 AM: KEYNOTE Jane Zelikova
11:20 AM: ALAIN PLANTE Soil Organic Matter, Soil Health, and Climate Mitigation
11:40 AM: RAHUL MANGHARAM Plant Factories: The Internet of Things for Precision and Decision Agriculture
12:00 PM: LUNCH
1:00 PM: KEYNOTE Beth Hoffman
2:00 PM: COFFEE BREAK
2:20 PM: ZHENGXIA DOU Food Waste Upcycling for Climate Mitigation
2:40 PM: TOM DANIELS Opportunities in Regenerative Agriculture and Nature-Based Solutions
3:00 PM: DIPTI PITTA Enteric Methane Mitigation in Livestock
3:20 PM: NICK PEVZNER Renewable Energy in Agricultural Landscapes: Designing for Multifunctionality with Solar and Agrivoltaics
3:40 PM: PETE PSARRAS CDR Markets and Measurement, Reporting, and Verification
4:00 PM: CLOSING
4:15 PM: RECEPTION
Please note this is an in-person event. We look forward to welcoming guests to the Kleinman Center’s Energy Forum. In accordance with the University of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 guidelines, masks are optional for all visitors. PennOpen Pass and PennOpen Campus screenings are no longer required for entry to our events.
This event is part of Energy Week at Penn. Check out the rest of the 2023 programming at energyweek.upenn.edu.