NNSA Participates in White House Clean Energy Economy Forum

Press Release
Oct 28, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today participated in a Clean Energy Economy Forum at the White House where 14 individuals from across the NNSA nuclear security enterprise discussed how science and innovation will lead the way to future green jobs.

"We are fortunate to have a broad base of talented experts working throughout our nuclear security enterprise that we can call upon to help solve our nation's most challenging problems," said NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino. "It's always an honor to have that expertise showcased at the White House, and I am proud of all our dedicated professionals who are leaders in their fields working to promote science and innovation and build a strong American economy."

Last month, D'Agostino participated in a White House briefing on the national security implications of global climate change.

NNSA was invited to participate in today's event by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett. NNSA was among a select group of business leaders, energy experts and labor leaders who joined the Energy Secretary and White House staff to discuss and provide individual views on the opportunities and challenges presented in the clean energy economy and the national debate over the nation's energy future.

The emerging clean energy economy will drive the development of new, green jobs that pay well and cannot be outsourced.

As President Obama said recently, "The United States led the world's economies in the 20th century because we led the world in innovation. Today, the competition is keener; the challenge is tougher. And that's why our work is more important than ever."

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/Spurring-Innovation-Creating-Jobs/ off site link

Participants included: Greg Meyer, president and general manager of B&W Pantex; AC Hollins, director of Operations and Infrastructure for National Security Technologies, LLC at North Las Vegas; Fariborz (Leo) Bzorgi, senior technical advisor at Y-12 ; Duncan McBranch, deputy principal associate director for Science, Technology and Engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory; Steve Sain, president of Sain Engineering; Gregory Graves, CEO and chairman of Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City; Gary Falle, associate VP for University Affairs and Government Relations for Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC Corporate Office; John Mitchiner, senior manager at Sandia National Laboratories; Bernard Zak, technical staff member at Sandia National Laboratories; Mark Boslough, technical staff member at Sandia National Laboratories; Angela Colarusso, assistant manager for Safety and Operations at NNSA Nevada Site Office in North Las Vegas; and Robert Dino Herrera, director of the Office of Infrastructure and Facilities Management at NNSA Headquarters.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation's national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. Visit http://www.nnsa.energy.gov/ for more information.

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