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NW Biodiesel Network Monthly Meeting

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Event Location: 
Seattle Phinney Center
6532 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
United States

Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest

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?

The first regional assessment of its kind in the United States, SAFN is evaluating biomass options within a four-state area as possible sources for producing renewable jet fuel. Key stakeholders came together to develop a “Flight Path” (action plan) to achieve this goal in the Pacific Northwest. The comprehensive assessment examined feedstock pathways for developing a sustainable aviation biofuel industry, which includes evaluating the cost, timescale, water and land usage, refining, transport infrastructure and actual use by airlines.

Over 40 entities, including the NW Biodiesel Network were invited to participate in this critical undertaking.

Climate Solutions is facilitating the stakeholder process, coordinating the technical evaluation and drafting the final report. We are very pleased to have a key leader of this initiative, Climate Solutions’ Ross Macfarlane presenting an update on this critical initiative.

Get your questions answered! 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Seattle Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle WA 98103. Cost is Free. Information at www.nwbiodiesel.org/.

About Our Speaker
Ross Macfarlane
Senior Advisor, Business Partnerships (Seattle)
Climate Solutions
Ross brings more than 25 years of experience working on public policy and environmental issues. He was a partner at Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates) where he managed the environmental law practice and represented a wide range of public and private clients. He has been recognized as a “Superlawyer” in the areas of Environmental, Transportation and Public law. He also served on the management team for an agency working to build urban mass transit. He has served on numerous boards, including Washington Conservation Voters.

At Climate Solutions, Ross works to forge partnerships with businesses that are seeking to build the clean energy economy in the Pacific Northwest and helps promote strong climate and energy policy. Ross was one of the lead drafters and advocates for the Washington Climate Action and Green Jobs bill passed by the legislature in 2008, which made Washington the fourth state to establish binding limits on global warming pollution, and the first to establish a specific program to train workers for jobs in the clean economy.

A Northwest native, Ross is a graduate of Pomona College and University of Washington School of Law. He is passionate about hiking, skiing, and traveling.


Seattle Phinney Center
6532 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
United States