The 2009 North American Biochar Conference  will be the first major biochar conference held in the United States. The keynote speakers for the conference will be Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Dr. Susan Solomon, Senior Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Center for Energy and Environmental Security (CEES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder is the lead sponsor and organizer of the conference. The conference is co-sponsored by the International Biochar Initiative (IBI). Scheduled to run from August 9 to 12, 2009, the conference is designed to advance our understanding of the policy, business, scientific, and technical opportunities and issues implicated by the large-scale usage of biochar as both a sequestration agent and soil amendment.