Biofuels and Sustainability Conference Slated
September 5, 2008
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Champaign, Ill. -- Biofuels, including ethanol, biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol and next generation fuels, are a multi-faceted and complex issue, with economic, political, social and environmental implications. Discuss and debate these issues with experts from different areas of the bioenergy spectrum during panel sessions at the Biofuels and Sustainability Conference at the University of Illinois on October 21-22. Participants will learn more about these issues by taking an in-depth look at today's biofuels lifecycle.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability, which includes the Illinois Natural History Survey, Illinois State Geological Survey, Illinois State Water Survey and Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. The Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research (CABER), part of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois is also a co-sponsor of the event.

"We're excited about this conference and the varied interests and perspectives of the presenters," said Tim Lindsey, Associate Director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and co-chair of the conference.

"I believe those who attend will hear a very balanced approach to the issues at hand and how innovations currently under development will improve the sustainability of biofuels in the future," added Dr. Hans Blaschek, Director of CABER and conference co-chair.

The conference will kick off with a world energy outlook presented by Rob Finley, Illinois State Geological Survey researcher. Allison Goss Eng, from the U.S. Department of Energy will share "United States Government Perspectives on Biofuels and Sustainability."

University of Illinois researchers, policy makers, and staff from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboratory, as well as biofuels industry leaders and environmental leaders will share their views of the current and future status of biofuels sustainability. Innovations and current research to improve the sustainability of this sector will also be discussed.

The agenda includes four sessions: * Sustainability Perspectives and Approaches for the Biofuels Industry * Biofuels Impacts on Environmental and Societal Resources (panel) * Sustainability of the Biofuels Business (panel) * Biofuels Innovations and Future Sustainability (panel)

The conference will be held at the I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., Champaign. The conference registration fee is $200, which includes program materials, Tuesday and Wednesday luncheons, Tuesday reception and breaks. After October 1, the registration fee is $250.

For a complete agenda, speaker list and on-line registration, visit:

For registration questions, contact Amy Hubbard at or 217-244-9687.

For program information, contact: Tim Lindsey, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Phone: 217-333-8940; E-mail: