RCN-SEES for Pan American Biofuels and Bioenergy Sustainability

The PanAm RCN held its first Conference on Pan American Biofuels and Bioenergy Sustainability, co-organized by AIChE, IfS and SBE, on July 22-25, 2014 at the Golden Tulip Recife Palace hotel in Recife, Brazil.

The implications of large-scale biofuels and bioenergy production on environmental systems and social conditions are largely unknown. Yet despite this lack of fundamental sustainability knowledge, there currently is a rapid movement toward the development of biofuels and bioenergy production systems that will likely lead to dramatic changes in extant human and natural systems.

These changes may be beneficial or detrimental, and may involve a number of issues such as land ownership and management, creation of new employment opportunities, occupational safety, unforeseen transportation and logistical challenges, impacts on water availability and quality, and potentially many others changes to social and environmental systems.

An award to  create a network of biofuels / bioenergy researchers and industry, government & NGO practitioners as a core group concerned with sustainable biofuels and bioenergy development across the Americas  has been funded under  NSF's Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) activities, which aim to address the challenges of creating a sustainable world. 

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RCN Conference on Pan American Biofuels and Bioenergy Sustainability

Tuesday, July 22-25, 2014, 8:30am BRT
Posted by Lucy Alexander
This conference, organized by the PanAm RCN with AIChE, IfS and SBE, will gather a network of biofuels sustainability researchers from a wide range of disciplines along with industry leaders, government officials, leaders of non-governmental organizations, foundations, and other professionals to focus on a range of sustainability issues.Read more

PanAm RCN - 1st Workshop

UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) CEPHCIS (Centro Peninsular en Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales)
Tuesday, May 29-31, 2012, 9:00am CDT
Posted by Lucy Alexander
This is a summary of the 1st Workshop for the Pan American Biofuel and Bioenergy Sustainability RCN project, held in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico from May 29-31, 2012 at UNAM CEPHCIS.Read more