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Sept. 4 NSF roundtable on sustainable energy

02 September 2008

ATTENTION: Science and energy editors, writers, producers

Contact: Robert Sanders, Media Relations
(510) 643-6998 rlsanders@berkeley.edu

The National Science Board's Task Force on Sustainable Energy will assemble for its third and final roundtable discussion on challenges facing scientists and engineers as they develop sustainable sources of energy.

The discussions are open to the public and will focus on science and engineering policy; the regulatory environment for sustainable energy research; high performance green buildings; and public awareness and appreciation of the urgent need for sustainable, alternative energy sources.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 4

The University of California, Berkeley's Clark Kerr Campus Conference Center, 2601 Warring Street, Berkeley. See #14 on the Clark Kerr Campus map.

Researchers from academic and government laboratories, National Science Foundation (NSF) officials and venture capitalists interested in funding alternative energy are scheduled to speak. Among them will be:

  • Eric Smith, UC Santa Barbara professor of political science and environment studies
  • Daniel Kammen, UC Berkeley professor of energy and resources and director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory
  • Vinod Khosla, founder and partner of Khosla Ventures
  • Mark Levine, staff senior scientist and leader of the China Energy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • S. Shyam Sunder, director of the Building and Fire Research Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology

A full agenda and participant list are at theNational Science Board Committees Web site.

Established in October 2007, the task force is charged with examining the role of the federal government in addressing science and engineering challenges related to the development of sustainable energy. It also will provide recommendations to the president and Congress regarding a nationally coordinated research and education initiative on sustainable energy, with specific guidance on NSF's role in this initiative.

The three roundtable discussions - held at the Arlington, Va., headquarters of NSF on Feb. 8, in Golden, Col., on June 19, and now at UC Berkeley - are allowing stakeholders to present their perspectives on these challenges. At the end of the discussion process, the National Science Board will make recommendations regarding the structure of the research and education enterprise, elucidating key issues to be addressed as NSF charts its role in bringing about a stable and sustainable energy future.

For more information, please contact Lisa-Joy Zgorski from NSF at (703) 292-8311 or lzgorski@nsf.gov.