To continue tackling the challenge of creating a future for biofuels and other sustainable forms of energy, scientists and policy-makers attended Cornell's Northeast Sun Grant Regional Feedstock Summit, Nov. 11-13.
The three-day summit, held at the Statler Hotel J. Willard Marriott Executive Education Center, brought to Cornell such experts as Christopher Recchia, executive director of the Biomass Energy Resource Center in Montpelier, Vt., and Steve St. Martin, professor of horticulture and plant science at Ohio State University.
Cornell speakers included Brent Gloy, associate professor of applied economics and management, and David Kay, extension associate in development sociology, who both participated in an economic sustainability panel discussion.
William Chernicoff, program manager of the hydrogen, biofuels and climate change programs at the U.S. Department of Transportation, delivered the opening keynote address, Nov. 11.
The summit centered around large topic areas of geographical information systems, energy-crop development and economic stability. Small breakout session topics ranged from sustainable-agriculture residues and food-processing wastes to sustainable-forestry residues and mill wastes.
Sponsors of the summit included the U.S. departments of Energy, Agriculture and Transportation and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.