Joseph Seymour has been coordinating the policy and regulatory activities of the Biomass thermal Energy Council since 2010. In this time, he has been responsible for regulatory responses to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on various issues, including biomass boiler emissions limits and non-hazardous solid waste definitions; congressional hearings through structured statements, including the Energy Title of the 2012 Farm Bill and comprehensive tax reform; and mobilization of industry stakeholders regarding biomass thermal incentives. He has led the development BTEC’s comprehensive outreach series, including webinars, legislative and topical factsheets, and podcast interviews. He has addressed audiences on the urgency recognizing thermal energy at RETECH 2011 , AESI Facility Ribbon Cutting, and the International Biomass Expo. Finally, a few of his recent publications include: * “Why Tricycles Need Thermal Energy,” primary author, National Hardwood Lumber Association, April 2011; * “Telling the Story of Biomass Thermal,” co-author, Biomass Power and Thermal, November 2010; * “Playtime is Over: Why September Means Biomass Advocacy or the Consequences of Inaction,” author, Biomass Power and Thermal, September 2011. Joe holds a degree in Political Science and Psychology at Hope College, Holland, MI.