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Alternative-energy expert Ralph Cavalieri to discuss energy independence April 24 at Whitworth University

April 16, 2014

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Ralph Cavalieri, director of Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, will present a lecture, “Energy Independence for a Sustainable Future,” on Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth University. This event is free and open to the public.

“Sustainability and the role of alternative energy in our local and global societies are absolutely essential for the maintenance and improvement of our standard of living,” Cavalieri says. “Whitworth, like all universities, must prepare its graduates to work in the world of the future – one in which there is a rapidly growing global population that has increasing expectations of rising standards of living. These global trends demand that we more efficiently use nature’s resources for food and energy, and that we do so without increasing, and hopefully reducing, the burden on the global environment.”

Led by Washington State University, NARA is a collaboration of scientists and engineers who are developing ways in which forest residuals, or slash piles, can be converted into jet fuel. This project, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, seeks to lower the environmental burden through non-petroleum-based fuels and focuses on building a sustainable future through a holistic approach to alternative energy.

In addition to managing NARA, Cavalieri is the associate vice president for alternative energy and a professor of biological systems engineering at WSU. Cavalieri received a doctorate in chemical engineering from WSU in 1985, after receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho in 1975. In 1993, he retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve after 22 years of service.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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