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AGENDA

January 24–25, 2013
Auditorium
National Academy of Sciences Building
2100 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

 
January 24, 2013
 
8:30 a.m. Welcome
 

Frank Loy, LL.B.

Roundtable Chair

 

Session 1: Overview of Biofuels

Moderator: Lynn Goldman, M.D., M.P.H., Roundtable Vice-Chair, Dean, George Washington University School of Public Health
8:45 a.m. Historical Overview and Policy Drivers of Biofuels as a Source of Energy
 

Timothy D. Searchinger, J.D. (via video link)

Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer in Public and International Affairs

Woodrow Wilson School

Princeton University

9:15 a.m. Biofuels: Context and Outlook
 

Howard Gruenspecht, Ph.D.

Deputy Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration

9:40 a.m. Biofuels: Past, Present, and Future?
 

Roger Prince, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate, ExxonMobil

10:00 a.m. Discussion
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Agenda." Institute of Medicine. 2014. The Nexus of Biofuels, Climate Change, and Human Health: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18493.
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10:30 a.m. Break
 

Session 2: Emerging Issues and Biofuels

Moderator: Dennis J. Devlin, Ph.D., Senior Environmental Health Advisor, ExxonMobil Corporation
10:50 a.m. The Palm Oil Example
 

Jamal Hisham Hashim, Ph.D., MCIEH

Professor of Environmental Health and Research Fellow

United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health

11:15 a.m. Discussion
11:35 a.m. Lunch
 

Session 3: Occupational Health and Biofuels Production

Moderator: Henry Anderson, M.D., State Health Officer, Wisconsin Division of Public Health
12:35 p.m. Occupational Risks
 

Stephen Reynolds, Ph.D.

Director of the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety

Colorado State University

1:00 p.m. Discussion
 

Session 4: Biofuels Impacts on Air, Atmosphere, and Health

Moderator: Bernard D. Goldstein, M.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
1:25 p.m. Regional Impacts of Biofuels on Health and Climate Change
 

Elliott Campbell (via videolink)

University of California, Merced

1:45 p.m. Biodistillate Fuels and Emissions in the United States
 

S. Kent Hoekman, Ph.D.

Desert Research Institute

2:10 p.m. Discussion
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Agenda." Institute of Medicine. 2014. The Nexus of Biofuels, Climate Change, and Human Health: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18493.
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2:40 p.m. Break
 

Session 5: Water Use, Water Pollution, and Biofuels

Moderator: James Bartram, Ph.D., Don and Jennifer Holzworth Distinguished Professor, Director of the Water Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
3:00 p.m. Water Implications of Biofuels Production in the United States
 

Jerald L. Schnoor, Ph.D.

Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Iowa

3:20 p.m. Water Quality: Corn vs. Switchgrass
 

Catherine Kling, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics

Iowa State University

3:40 p.m. Discussion
 

Session 6: Implications of Biofuels for Land Use and Health

Moderator: Jay Lemery, M.D., Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado
4:00 p.m. Life-Cycle Impacts on Land and Air
 

Jason Hill, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering

University of Minnesota

4:20 p.m. Forest Management and Forest-Based Bioenergy Initiatives
 

Daniel Cassidy, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor, Office of Chief Scientist

U.S. Department of Agriculture

4:40 p.m. Discussion
5:10 p.m. Adjourn for the Day
 
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Agenda." Institute of Medicine. 2014. The Nexus of Biofuels, Climate Change, and Human Health: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18493.
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January 25, 2013
8:30 a.m. Welcome Back
 

Lynn Goldman, Roundtable Vice-Chair

 

Session 7: Societal Impacts and Ethics of Biofuels

Moderator: Anne Sweeney, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M University
8:40 a.m. Ethics of Biofuels
 

Alena Buyx, Dr.Med. (via video link)

Head of Emmy Noether Group in Bioethics, University of Muenster

Senior Research Associate, University College London

9:05 a.m. Socioeconomic Impacts of Biofuels in Rural Communities
 

Theresa Selfa, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Environmental Studies

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

9:25 a.m. Discussion
9:50 a.m. Break
 

Session 8: Impacts of Biofuels Policies on Food Security Issues

Moderator: Frank Loy, Roundtable Chair
10:15 a.m. Food Adequacy and Access
 

Frank Loy, LL.B.

10:25 a.m. Food Insecurity in a Biofuels World
 

Lester Brown, M.P.H.

President

Earth Policy Institute

10:50 a.m. Discussion
11:10 a.m. Pressure Points of Domestic Food and Biofuels Policies
 

Erik D. Olson, J.D.

Director of Food Programs

Pew Health Group, Pew Charitable Trusts

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Agenda." Institute of Medicine. 2014. The Nexus of Biofuels, Climate Change, and Human Health: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18493.
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11:25 a.m. Discussion
11:40 a.m. Lunch
 

Session 9: Environmental Health Policies and Opportunities

Moderator: John M. Balbus, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Advisor for Public Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
12:50 p.m. Evaluating Health Impacts of Biofuels Feedstocks with Current Risk Assessments
 

Lynn Goldman, Roundtable Vice-Chair

  Sustainability Assessment

Bernard D. Goldstein, Roundtable Member

  Health Impact Assessment

Richard J. Jackson, Roundtable Member

1:35 p.m. Discussion
2:00 p.m. Break
 

Session 10: Government Perspectives on Biofuels and Human Health

Moderator: Lynn Goldman, Roundtable Vice-Chair
2:20 p.m. U.S. Department of Agriculture
  Daniel Cassidy, Ph.D.
  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Karl Simon, J.D.

  National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

John M. Balbus, M.D., M.P.H.

  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Christopher J. Portier, Ph.D.

3:20 p.m. Discussion
3:50 p.m. Summation
 

Frank Loy, Roundtable Chair

4:00 p.m. ADJOURN
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Liquid fuels are a major part of modern life. They supply energy for ground, water, and air transportation as well as power for industrial and farming machinery. But fossil fuels - the dominant liquid fuel in use for well over a century - have many disadvantages. The use of fossil fuels has obvious health downsides, such as emissions of pollutants that are directly harmful to health. The burning of fossil fuels produces greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming, itself a long-term threat to human health. There have also been health concerns related to insecurity of liquid fuel supplies and the potential of international conflicts being caused by fuel scarcity. Furthermore, there are concerns that the world's large but still limited supply of fossil fuels could be strained by the increasing demand that results from societies around the world achieving greater prosperity. In the face of these concerns, new policies have been created that encourage the development of renewable sources of energy in general and biofuels in particular.

In January 2013, the Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine of the Institute of Medicine held a 2- day, interactive, public workshop on the intersection of biofuels, climate change, and human health. Workshop attendees explored public health issues related to the composition of traditional and alternative fuels and fuel additives, and they discussed the known and potential health impacts associated with the use of these fuels and fuel additives. The Nexus of Biofuels, Climate Change, and Human Health is the summary of that workshop. This report examines air, water, land use, food, and social impacts of biomass feedstock as an energy resource, and the state of the science and health policy implications of using different types (and generations) of biofuels as an energy source.

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