FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | June 14, 2011

American Chemical Society hosts Capitol Hill briefing on clean energy on June 14

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2011 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) Science & the Congress Project invites news media to attend a luncheon briefing on “Clean Energy: Perspectives on Innovation.” It will be held Tuesday, June 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room 325 of the Russell Senate Office Building. Please RSVP to http://tinyurl.com/EnergyCleanII.

To view the briefing via live streaming, visit: http://coons.senate.gov/live

This is the second in a two-part series. The first Capitol Hill briefing, “Clean Energy: Perspectives on Sustainability,” was held Wednesday, May 19. See http://www.acs.org/science_congress for details. The briefings are co-hosted by the ACS Science and the Congress Project and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

This year, the term “clean energy” has been used with increasing frequency and prominence in policy-making circles. Some look to clean energy to satisfy the nation’s fuel and power needs, while improving the environment. Others see an opportunity for the United States to lead the world in innovating technical solutions, growing new industries and creating jobs. There is significant opportunity across the technological spectrum, with activity underway in university incubators and spin-off companies, programs at major technology companies, venture capital funding, community and state initiatives. The first briefing in this two-part series examined the sustainability of clean energy options for electricity generation. This briefing will highlight perspectives on the technologies and financing of clean energy innovation today. The briefing will feature the following panelists and an open discussion:

Opening remarks: Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Del.)

Moderator: Dale Keairns, Booz, Allen, Hamilton

Panelists:

  • Josh Freed, Third Way
  • Megan Reichert-Kral, University of Michigan
  • William Provine, DuPont Central Research & Development
  • William Lese, Braemar Energy Ventures

The Science & the Congress Project was established in 1995 to provide a neutral and credible source of scientific information targeted to policymakers on Capitol Hill. Expert speakers are chosen to provide a balanced presentation about the topic under discussion, and their comments are independent of any position that may be held by the ACS, the sponsors of Science & the Congress, or its co-hosts. More information.

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers is a professional association with more than 40,000 members in 92 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government, using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. Through its publications, meetings, educational offerings and research projects, AIChE, which was founded in 1908, continues to be the focal point for information exchange at the frontiers of chemical engineering. Current programs emphasize such areas as energy, sustainability, biological engineering, nanotechnology, water resources and chemical plant safety and security. For additional information on AIChE, please visit www.aiche.org.

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