Washington, Sept. 14, 2016 – NAIHC greatly regrets the loss of Bill Holmberg and sends its condolences to his family. Lt. Col. William C. Holmberg (USMC retired) died Sept. 8 after a several-year battle with cancer – a battle which he never allowed to slow him down.
With his leading roles in a broad range of environmental and bioenergy organizations, Bill was a co-founder of ACORE, the American Council on Renewable Energy, and an active member of the NAIHC board. He worked hard to bring different groups together in support of creating a more sustainable world. He championed the cause of “biorefineries” designed not only to bring new prosperity to rural America but to help the developing world leapfrog beyond the industrial world’s costly investments in fossil fuels.
After his hardscrabble childhood in Washington state, Bill graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and led Marine combat missions first in Korea and then in Vietnam, earning the Navy Cross and the Silver Star for his valor under fire. After retiring from his 21 years in the Marines, he held prominent positions in the Department of Energy and U.S. EPA, always focused on helping Congress, policymakers and the public understand the need to build a more sustainable “bio-based” world. DOE acknowledged his work by awarding him its “Biomass Energy Program Distinguished Service Award” in 2002.