Environmental Symposium Green Technology

USISTF hosts Environmental Symposium Highlighting U.S.-Israel Research and Development Cooperation in Green Technology

December 2010

On December 15th, the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation, the Embassy of Israel and ZAG/S&W Law Firm hosted the third and final Environmental Symposium of their three-part series examining innovative technology developed in Israel to address pressing environmental challenges both in the U.S. and Israel.  The program highlighted U.S.-Israel R&D Cooperation in Green Technology.  Speakers included Asaf Vitman, Minster of Economics representing the Ministry of Finance at the Embassy of Israel, Dan Birns, International Advisory, Department of Energy and David Lohr, Directed of the Dominion Resources Green Technology Incubator and VP of the Virginia Biotechnology Science Park.

At the event, attended by well over 40 guests representing government, industry and universities, Dan Birns highlighted the results of the BIRD-Energy partnership between the U.S. and Israel and cooperation between U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL) and Israeli companies to grow and develop algae as a commercially viable transportation energy resource.  David Lohr described how previous success working with Israeli companies at the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park led him to do specific outreach to bring innovative Israeli companies to the growing Dominion Resources Green Technology Incubator.

For press coverage of the event, please see Patrick Walker’s summary in the Examiner.