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UW Today
May 27, 2010

Biofuels are increasingly popular, but also controversial. Ethanol from food crops has been criticized for raising food prices or displacing forests. In some cases, biofuel feedstocks must be transported many miles from where they are grown to where they are used, burning energy along the way.

For the past two and a half years researchers at the UW have been working with local Native American tribes on a different approach. They are developing locally produced bioenergy that makes sense for the Pacific Northwest.

The UW's program on Bioresource-based Energy for Sustainable Societies is training teams of graduate students to research potential bioenergy projects tailored to Northwest tribal lands. At this month's Tribal Leadership Summit they presented a bioenergy plan they developed with the Yakama Nation.