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The National Science Board Task Force on Sustainable Energy to Assemble Roundtable Discussion on Feb. 8 at NSF Headquarters

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Simulation showing the conversion of biomass into ethanol by researchers from the NREL.

A simulation showing the conversion of biomass into ethanol by researchers from the NREL.

February 7, 2008

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The National Science Board Task Force on Sustainable Energy will assemble the first of a series of roundtable discussions on Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the National Science Foundation (NSF) headquarters in Arlington, Va. Established in October of 2007, the task force is charged with examining the role of the U.S. government in addressing the science and engineering (S&E) challenges related to sustainable energy, and providing recommendations to the president and Congress regarding a nationally coordinated S&E research and education initiative on sustainable energy with specific guidance on the role of NSF.  In these roundtable discussions, the task force aims to meet with various stakeholders to obtain input from diverse perspectives.

WHAT:Task Force on Sustainable Energy Roundtable Discussion
WHO: Stakeholders in the public and private sectors
WHEN:Friday, Feb. 8, 2008; 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
KEYNOTE: 8:30 a.m. Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA)
 Known for his efforts advocating for sound environmental policies while using a common-sense approach in Congress to help expand the high-tech economy, Rep. Inslee is a member of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, and the author of a new book, Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean-Energy Economy.

A full agenda and participant list is accessible at

While the world's endowment of energy resources is sufficient to meet anticipated demand through the century, existing fossil energy supplies will become increasingly strained, with predicted economic and geopolitical consequences, as well as continued undesirable consequences for the environment.  New energy pathways are needed. Many options exist that can contribute to a sustainable future, including energy efficient products and manufacturing techniques, non-emitting power generation, biofuels, forest and land management and carbon dioxide capture and storage.  A challenge of this scale needs to be addressed at the global level, but here in the U.S., an appropriate strategy will also be required across federal, state and local governments, as well as across businesses, non-profit organizations and other stakeholders. S&E will be critically important for success in this area. The National Science Board (Board) is a suitable body to make recommendations regarding the structure of the S&E research and education enterprise needed to respond to these challenges. The Board expects to give specific guidance to the NSF so that it may play a leadership role by ensuring that its portfolio matches the scale of the challenge. The Board expects that the activities of the task force, beginning with a series of roundtable discussions, will elucidate key issues that can be addressed as NSF charts its role in bringing about a stable and sustainable energy future.

The roundtable program will be held at the NSF headquarters: 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va. (Ballston Metro stop).

Journalists interested in attending and covering the roundtable discussion should contact Lisa-Joy Zgorski at 703-292-8311 by 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, to enable security arrangements for attendance.


Media Contacts
Lisa-Joy Zgorski, NSF, (703) 292-8311, email:

Program Contacts
Tami T. Tamashiro, NSF, (703) 292-7000, email:

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