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SAVE-THE-DATE: Imagine West Virginia to Co-Sponsor the 2011 Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL) Conference from November 7-9 in Morgantown, WV & Pittsburgh, PA.

Imagine West Virginia is privileged to participate in and support the work of a planning group headed by representatives from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), and the Universities of West Virginia (WVU) and Carnegie Mellon (CMU) to co-host the 2011 Council on Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL) conference in the West Virginia/Southwestern Pennsylvania region from November 7-9.  CEREL, a division of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), is a multidisciplinary membership organization consisting of a range of national institutions, programs, people and perspectives that comprise the energy field.  In the academic arena, this includes public and private institutions of every size and academic orientation, including education, research and communication issues. CEREL provides the means for its membership to collaboratively use knowledge about energy and the environment to improve education, decision- and policy-making, and, more generally, the well-being of society.

Imagine West Virginia was invited by CEREL members to become involved in planning CEREL’s annual conference because of its advocacy to educate West Virginia state, policy, academic and legislative leaders about the importance of investing sufficient resources into developing a more holistic, competitive energy and environmental strategy around coal and fossil fuels use and management.  Imagine’s 2008 report, Coal, Energy and the Environment: Leadership For West Virginia and Beyond, presented policy recommendations for how West Virginia could become more nationally and globally recognized for its stewardship and research around abundant fossil fuels resources like coal.  One core recommendation emphasized that assets like the state’s higher education institutions must be aggressively supported to collaborate with public and private research facilities like the Morgantown/Pittsburgh-based NETL to fulfill this challenge.  In recent years, a number of regional initiatives have been undertaken by these parties to advance fossil fuels research and address America’s environmental and energy challenges; the CEREL conference will afford an opportunity to showcase those activities and accomplishments.  In addition, national energy academic and research leaders will hear from federal, regional, state and local representatives about current fossil fuels-related energy activities, participate in technology discussions and network with a variety of like-minded interests.     

For more general information about CEREL, click here (for a one-page overview) and/or here (to access the website). To learn more about the NCSE, click here. To review the current 2011 CEREL conference agenda, click here (for SAVE-THE-DATE information) or here (for the working itinerary). For registration information, click here, and for meeting logistical details, click here. For conference sponsorship inquiries, please contact Rick Remish, Executive Director of Imagine West Virginia, at (304) 293-9185 or via email, rick.remish@imaginewestvirginia.com.