Chad Kruger, Director
1100 N. Western Ave.
Chad Kruger is the Director of the Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources (CSANR). In that capacity he oversees CSANR research and extension efforts ranging from organic farming to climate change to small farms. Since 2004 he has led CSANR's award winning Climate Friendly FarmingTM Project which focuses on evaluating the carbon footprint of agriculture, developing greenhouse gas mitigation technology, climate change impact assessment, and developing renewable fuels and products from biomass. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and History (1997) and an Academic Certificate in Ecointensive Agriculture Technologies (1998) from Northwest College in Kirkland, Washington, and he completed an M.S. (2003) in Land Resources from the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He was an Au Sable Graduate Fellow at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He was a member of the 2007/2008 Washington State Climate Action Team, co-chairing the Agriculture Sector Carbon Market Workgroup. He was a member of the 2010 Washington State Climate Change Working Lands Technical Advisory Group and a member of the Washington State Energy Strategy Technical Experts Panel. He is currently a technical advisor to the Northwest Regional Biocarbon Initiative and a WSU Earth, Ecosystem and Society Fellow.
Honors and Awards: WSU CAHNRS Interdisciplinary Team Award (2011); USDA NIFA Partnership Award for Innovative Program Models (2009); WSU Extension Big Cat Award (2007)
Areas of interest: agriculture and climate change, agricultural energy, water, organic waste treatment
- Regional Approaches to Climate Change for Pacific Northwest Agriculture (REACCH PNA) – USDA NIFA
- BioEarth – A Biosphere Relevant Regional Earth Systems Model – USDA NIFA
- WISDM – Watershed Integrated Systems Dynamic Model: Feedbacks among biogeochemical simulations, stakeholder perceptions, and behavior – USDA NIFA
- US Dairy Adoption of Anaerobic Digestion Systems Integrating Multiple Emerging Clean Technologies: Climate, Environmental, & Economic Impacts – USDA NIFA
- Development and Implementation of a Curriculum to Train Operators of Rural Area Anaerobic Digesters – USDA NIFA
- Organic Waste to Fuels – Washington Department of Ecology Waste 2 Resources Program
- Lifecycle Analysis of PNW Feedstocks for Biofuels Production – US EPA RARE
- Columbia River Basin Water Supply Investment Plan: A Strategy to Develop Water Supply to Meet Water Demand Needs through 2030 – Washington Department of Ecology Office of Columbia River