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NEES 2017 Agenda

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A printed pocket guide will be provided at the conference, and an interactive agenda and scheduler will be provided via the free Guidebook app.

April 3 -
​3:00 - 5:00pm  ​ NEES Planning Committee Meeting
​5:00 - 7:00pm Welcome and Opening Reception
April 4 - Tuesday
​8:00 - 8:30am Welcome and Introductions
​8:30 - 9:30am Keynote #1: ​The Tennessee Valley Authority: Heritage, Present and Outlook for Energy Research and Education. Laura Duncan, Senior Program Manager for Renewables, Tennessee Valley Authority.
9:30 - 9:45am​ Break​
9:45 - 11:45 am​ ECOP and DOE Efforts to Enhance Extension Energy Education - Fred Schlutt, Director - University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension

Panel Discussion: Policies and Research as they Relate to the Future of Extension Energy Education​

  • Policies Impacting Energy Research and Education, and Customers' Behaviors Concerning Energy - Jill Euken, Program Director - Bioeconomy Institute, Iowa State University
  • ANREP Energy Initiative - David Ripplinger, Assistant Professor, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, North Dakota State University
  • Bioenergy Programs at US Department of Energy - Erin Webb, Senior Research and Development Staff, Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Joint Associate Professor, Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, University of Tennessee
  • Industry Perspectives on Energy Education - Harvey Abouelata, President, Aries Energy
​12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch​
​1:00 - 2:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
Session A - each presentation is 30 minutes:
A1: An Extension-Facilitated Biomass Producer Group Models Engagement in a Developing Industry. Sarah Wurzbacher, Penn State Unversity
A2: C6 BioFarm: A Sustainability Game for Learning the Role of a Bio-Based Economy. Jill Euken and Jay Staker, Iowa State University
A3: Navigating Your Niche: Finding Extension's Place in the Clean Energy Arena. Cary Weiner, Colorado State University

Session B - each presentation is 30 minutes:
B1: Increasing Adoption of Residential Wood Energy: Past, Present, & Future. Jonathan S. Kays, University of Maryland
B2: WSU Water Irrigation System Evaluation (WISE). Don McMoran, Washington State University
B3: Beyond Poplar Biofuels: Developing Bioenergy Outreach and Connecting Ecosystem Services. Noelle M. Hart, Washington State University
2:30 - 2:45pm​ ​Break
​2:45 - 4:15pm Concurrent Sessions
Session C - each presentation is 30 minutes:
C1: Extension Energy Programming in North Dakota. David Ripplinger, North Dakota State University
C2: Spreading Energy Literacy to the Latino Community with Volunteers. Tatiana Giraldo, Washington State University
C3: Energy Education Through Conventional Means: An Energy Lecture Series. Kate Venturini, University of Rhode Island
Session D - each presentation is 30 minutes:
D1: Greenhouses and Dairy Manure Based Anaerobic Digestion - Quantifying Energy Synergies. Curt Gooch, Cornell University
D2: Greenhouse Heat - Extending the Season. Art Nash, University of Alaska Fairbanks
D3: Installation of a Biomass Boiler for Wintertime Heating of Broiler Chicken Production Houses - Shawn Hawkins, University of Tennessee
4:15 - 5:00pm​ NEES Business Session​
7:30 - 10:30pm​ Hospitality Room​
April 5 -
8:00 - 8:15am Welcome and introductions​
8:15 - 9:15am​ Keynote #2: Energy Sustainability of our Planet - Neal Eash, Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science Department, University of Tennessee
​9:15 - 9:30am Break​
9:30 - 12:00pm​ Concurrent Sessions
Session E - each presentation is 30 minutes:
E1: Reaching Diverse Stakeholders on Sustainable Bioenergy. Patricia Townsend, Washington State University
E2: Engaging the Energy Stakeholder - Successful U.S. Models Related to Onshore Energy Production. Thomas Murphy, Penn State University
E3: Leveraging Resources through University and State Regulatory Partnerships. Yvonne Cook and Ryan Hamel, Kansas State University
E4: Landowners' Perception and Interest in Growing Bioenergy Crops in Washington State. Shiba Kar, University of Wisconsin and Catherine Gowan, Washington State University
E5: How to Talk to Producers About Bioenergy Crops Under Low Oil Pricing Conditions. Jason De Koff, Tennessee State University
Session F - each presentation is 30 minutes:
F1: Clean Renewable Energy is a Terrible Thing to Waste. Chad Martin, Purdue University
F2: Corporate Sector Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Diffusion: Determinants and Barriers of Innovation Adoption. Jacob Slattery, University of Wisconsin
F3: Solar Economics and Working Smarter with Creative Commons. John Hay, University of Nebraska;  Eric Romich, Ohio State University
F4: Partnering with Electric Utilities to Maximize Program Outcomes. Lissa Pawlisch & Joel Haskard, University of Minnesota
​12:00 - 1:00pm ​Lunch
​1:00 - 1:30pm Lightning Talks: Top Six Posters in Viewers Choice Voting (up to 5 minutes each)​
​1:30 - 3:00pm Workshops:
W1: National Municipal Leadership Energy Development Core Curriculum. Tim Baye, University of Wisconsin; David Ripplinger, North Dakota State University
W2: Youth Energy Education - Understanding Energy Through Geospatial Science and Other STEM Tools. Chip Malone, Cornell University; Austin Ramsey, Sullivan County Tennessee 4-H

​3:00 - 3:15pm ​Break
3:15 - 4:15pm​ Discussions - Where Do We Go From Here? Extension's future roles in energy research and education
​4:15 - 4:45pm
Summit Wrap-Up
​4:45pm - til ?? NEES 2019 Planning Committee​

April 6 - Thursday
​ ​
8:00am departure
Optional off-site tours:
Tour 1: Bioenergy tour -
  • Proton Power syngas facility at Wampler's Farm Sausage, Lenoir City, TN
  • Genera Energy cellulosic ethanol research facility, Vonore, TN
  • Wood-fired cogeneration power plant, Maryville College, Maryville, TN
     (lunch is included in tour fee; this tour will offer option for airport dropoff at approximately 4:00pm)

Tour 2:
TVA River Management, Knoxville urban sustainability and University of Tennessee campus sustainability​
     (lunch is included in tour fee; this tour will offer option for airport dropoff at approximately 1:45pm)
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