Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance Contacts?

From: Jessel, Tanner Monroe

Sent: Friday, October 10, 2014 10:52 AM
To: Rials, Timothy G
Subject: Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance Contacts?

Hi Dr. Rials,

Since I’m new to materials science this is news to me – but I wanted to point out a potential industry/investor partner for IBSS.

I thought this was relevant to the discussion Steve Taylor presented on yesterday arising from the logistics and breakout session for extension and outreach.

I came across this news article concerning the "Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance," a partnership among some consumer products industry leaders including Nike, Coca Cola, and Ford Motor Co.

​It looks like they are presently focusing on sugar cane and Brazil.

​I do hope the BFA is aware of the feedstock work going on in the Southeastern U.S. via IBSS. Do you know of any outreach that’s been done to link these brands to IBSS? The brands might serve as a key link between IBSS and the investors and venture capitalists Taylor’s group talked about reaching out to yesterday.



Tanner M. Jessel
Information Technology Specialist
Center for Renewable Carbon

The University of Tennessee
Institute of Agriculture
Center for Renewable Carbon
Mail: 2506 Jacob Drive
865-946-1162 (o)
865-946-1109 (f)


About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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