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Saving Energy and Fighting Pollution U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy to Keynote Nov. 7-8 Conference

October 8, 2002 — The public and news media are invited to attend an Energy Efficiency and Pollution Prevention Conference on Nov. 7 and 8.

The first day’s sessions will be at the Wyndham Hotel, 215 W. South Temple in Salt Lake City. The conference’s second day features a tour of energy efficiency and pollution control projects.

The conference’s keynote speech, from 8:40 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. Thurs. Nov. 7, will be delievered by David Garman, the U.S. assistant secretary of energy for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Garman has been invited to discuss President George W. Bush’s energy policy, and what plans the administration has for developing alternative energy sources in addition to its emphasis on oil drilling, said Jack Hamilton, director of the Utah Wetlands and Riparian Center at the University of Utah.

The conference is sponsored by the center – which is a unit of the university’s Utah Engineering Experiment Station – and by the Pollution Prevention Association and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

There is a $90 per person cost to register for the conference, but a special $30 rate for students. To register online, visit or call (801) 581-6348.

An agenda for the conference is online at

Speakers on Nov. 7 will discuss topics such as sustainable development; high performance buildings; solar, wind and geothermal energy; solid and hazardous waste; environmental regulation; air quality; fuel cells; and water quality. Hybrid gasoline-electric automobiles from Honda and Toyota will be on display, and energy efficiency for the homeowner will be discussed. Pollution Prevention awards also will be announced.

On Nov. 8, conference participants will begin a field trip by meeting at the Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s parking lot, 168 N. 1950 West, Salt Lake City, and then board a bus to tour the energy efficient Utah Speed Skating Oval in Kearns, a windmill power project at Camp Williams, a demonstration xeriscape garden at the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District and and Utah’s most energy efficient home, located in Sandy.

Media representatives wishing to go on the tour should contact Hamilton in advance.