February 29, 2008

WIREC Side Events: Communicating the Truth about BioEnergy

The urgent need to clearly communicate with all stakeholders the benefits and challenges of moving forward with bioenergy technology solutions to climate change, fossil fuel dependence, and environmental distress has been clearly evident in the national media in the last few weeks.

Price BIOstock Services in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation, BIOenergy BlogRing, and the American Council on Renewable Energy is happy to present two exciting panels to discuss BioEnergy and Communications on Thursday, March 6th.

Bioenergy & Communications Session I:
Engaging Stakeholder Involvement

Thursday, March 6, 2008, 12:00 - 1:30 PM, Room: 159 B

The next 15 years will witness exponential growth of new bioenergy technologies, regulatory changes, incentive programs, employment opportunities, industrial development, and environmental impacts of importance to stakeholder communities. Without broad public understanding and support it will be difficult to achieve the necessary shift of the energy paradigm from fossil to renewable energy. What are the best ways to build political will, inform the media, engage stakeholders, and address skepticism about the many changes that are coming? Four experts will lead the discussion about public outreach and new methods that can be used to help investors, developers, utilities, academia, politicians, the public, and the media communicate clearly about sustainable renewable bioenergy.

Moderator: Jim Pierobon, ACORE Communications.
Speakers: Dr. Kevin Kephart - Sun Grant Initiative and BioWeb; Scott Miller - BIOenergy BlogRing and Price BIOstock Services; Greg Krissek - ICM Incorporated and EPIC; Richard Forrest - National Wildlife Federation and BioEnergy Wiki.


Bioenergy & Communications Session II:
Sustainable Cures to Climate Change
Thursday, March 6, 2008, 5:00 - 6:30 PM, Room: 155

Implementing bioenergy provisions of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act will deeply impact urban, forest, and farming communities throughout the U.S. The repercussions are global. Stakeholders at every level will expect their policymakers, technologists, and developers to work together to provide clean, sustainable, and environmentally just pathways for implementation that will protect the environment while reducing the threat of global warming. To be successful and marketable worldwide, the new developments must be flexible, scalable, and sustainable - both economically and environmentally. A panel of four experts will examine how the environmental status quo can be improved upon using bioenergy technologies.

Moderator: C. Scott Miller - BIOenergy BlogRing and Price BIOstock Services.
Speakers: Dr. Daniel Kammen - UC/Berkeley; Craig Evans - ALICO; Barbara Bramble - National Wildlife Federation; Marcia Patton-Mallory - USDA/Forest Service.

Price BIOstock Services will be happy to answer questions about woody biomass and bioenergy at WIREC Trade Show Booth #443 throughout the conference.


Sarah Keen said...

I am an editor with Art Center College of Design. I'm so glad I found your Web site. I was searching for like-minded blogs that were covering events like the one Art Center just held. Art Center presented an event last week called the Global Dialogues Disruptive Thinking,( http://blog.globaldialogues.eu/) which brought together "disruptive" thinkers who challenge the status quo and demand new modes of inquiry. These great thinkers discussed six areas that influence every aspect of our lives: Climate Change, Geopolitics, Business, Science, Belief and Design. I'm so glad to hear that discussions are going on that have the same goals at heart.

C. Scott Miller said...

Art Center is a highly respected institution renown for developing designers who produce practical applications and communications media of visionary concepts.

It is amazing to me to see how rapidly paradigm shifts blossom and grow within a relatively short space of time. Perhaps because of the new communications/information media convergence we are seeing changes and alternatives proliferate at dizzying speed.

Some of these changes will require reevaluation of what constitutes common sense. I am glad to see that students and the patrons of Art Center continue to pioneer thinking outside the box - and how to apply new thinking into designing practical solutions.