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Susan P. Rupp, Energy Solutions Expert

Susan P. Rupp

Dr. Susan Ruppis owner and lead consultant for Enviroscapes Ecological Consulting, LLC, based in Bella Vista, Arkansas. Prior to starting her own business, Susan was an Assistant Professor at South Dakota State University where much of her research focused on evaluating the economic and biological tradeoffs of using perennial grasses on both cellulosic bioenergy and wildlife production.  In 2014, she was contracted as a "Bioenergy Liaison" for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies - the collective voice of North America's state, provincial and territorial fish and wildlife agencies. Her role was to communicate with industry professionals the risks, as well as the opportunities, associated with bioenergy production on wildlife and wildlife habitat.  Susan is a Certified Wildlife Biologist with The Wildlife Society (TWS) and recently chaired TWS's Technical Review Committee on the "Effects of Bioenergy Production on Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat." In addition, she co-authored a document titled "Perennial Herbaceous Biomass Production and Harvest in the Prairie Pothole Region of the Northern Great Plains: Best Management Guidelines to Achieve Sustainability of Wildlife Resources" through a contract with the National Wildlife Federation.  She is currently consulting with industry partners to develop an anaerobic digestion process that incorporates native warm season grass mixtures to deliver a suite of sustainability benefits not widely reported for high-yielding biomass monocultures, especially concerning wildlife and biodiversity, while simultaneously providing a positive cash flow for producers.

 
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