Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Alternative Energy Round Table Discussion

AAEA worked with the National Small Town Alliance in organizing an Alternativer Energy Round Table Discussion at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The luncheon is the first step in a process to increase diversity in the alternative energy production field. The luncheon is also the first step in creating an Alternative Energy Production Consortium that will concentrate on expanding research and development and commercialization opportunities for minority entrepreneurs.

The Alternative Energy Production Consortium will be accomplished in two phases. Phase I was the June 28 luncheon to examine interests, explore possibilities, assign responsibilities and lay the foundation for the overall process. Phase II is a larger gathering in the fall to implement the Phase I recommendations.

AAEA President Norris McDonald is pictured, upper left with U.S. Chamber VP for Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs Bill Kovacs, right, and Counsel Thomas Myers, center. Attendees included representatives from the Departments of Energy and Agriculture, universities, Council on Environmental Quality, EPA and the African American Environmentalist Association.

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