April 15, 2009 By Blake Harris
Photo: The Milgro Nurseries greenhouse near New Castle, Utah, is one of the approximately 40 greenhouses nationwide that benefit from the direct use of geothermal energy. (Credit: Robert Blackett, Utah Geological Survey)
Yesterday, the National Science Board (NSB) released a draft report, Building a Sustainable Energy Future, and is now seeking public comments.
The report calls for a transformation of the current U.S. energy economy dependant upon fossil fuel to one that "thrives on sustainable and clean energy."
After extensive collaboration with private, academic, and nonprofit sectors, the NSB is recommending that the U.S. government develop and lead a nationally coordinated research, development demonstration, deployment, and education (RD3E) strategy to truly advance a sustainable energy economy.
According to a statement from the NBC, trends for the next quarter to half century suggest little change in the future global energy mix without concerted international action. The scale and speed of adopting sustainable and clean energy technologies fall short of what is necessary to address today's challenges. And these challenges will only become more acute with the passage of time.
The report is available online at: http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/committees/se/pub_comment.jsp. Comments will be accepted via email to: NSBenergy@nsf.gov.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.