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Following the successes of the First Regional Conference for the Pacific Northwest on Sustainability, AIChE is proud to feature the Second Regional Conference on Sustainability to be held once again in Seattle, Washington this spring 2011.
What is the “Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest” (SAFN) project and who is involved? Why did it come about? What does it mean for air travel and airplane production in the NW, which is a driver of our local economy? What does the environmental movement think of SAFN?
Learn what you need to know to get started forming either a biodiesel buying or production co-op. What are the challenges in setting up and running a successful co-op? Do you need bylaws and other working papers? How do you govern the co-op? What are the advantages and drawbacks to different models for a fuel co-op?" What would current co-ops do differently if they were starting over? What advice do these co-op veterans have for new co-ops?
Energy is far from a “free market” commodity. Public policy affects everything from availability, military deployment, jobs, price of energy and goods produced with energy, sources, and new and emerging alternatives. These policies, both local and national, affect the present and the future. Everything from personal convenience, comfort, soldiers lives, food supply, income, the stock market, and the very air we breathe and water we drink are affected.
Our national government invests enormous resources to increase our energy capacity and to reduce our dependence on imported oil through research in hydrogen and biomass-based fuels. The national laboratories partners with academia, other government agencies, and businesses to conduct research and to advance innovative technologies, then help to move the products to commercialization for public use.