Eco-industrial development: eco-industrial parks, bio-refineries, renewable energy, and zero waste opportunities for Lane County

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Title: Eco-industrial development: eco-industrial parks, bio-refineries, renewable energy, and zero waste opportunities for Lane County
Author: Atsusaka, Naoko; Darby, Kate; Shinabarger, Tim; Osdobo, Tom; University of Oregon. Program for Watershed and Community Health
Abstract: This report outlines business and job opportunities for Lane County, Oregon, in the diverse field of Eco-Industrial Development. The research and writing was completed by a team of graduate student interns from the University of Oregon, along with Tom Osdobo from E4Partners, working with faculty and staff from the UO Program for Watershed and Community Health. In specific, the report assesses the potential to expand, incubate, or recruit businesses and engage civic and government organizations in the development of eco-industrial parks, bio-refineries and bio-based industrial systems, renewable energy systems including biomass, biofuels, hydrogen fuel cells and solar, and zero waste (waste free) programs. Using case studies, information gathered from leading local and national experts, and extensive web research, this report found significant potential for expanding existing businesses and incubating and recruiting new ones in Lane County in the field of Eco-industrial development. Numerous suggestions are offered for initiating and capturing these opportunities. One of the common themes found throughout the recommendations is the need for local and state government, business, civic, and academic leaders from throughout the county to form partnerships aimed at expanding their understanding of the opportunities and developing business and job development strategies. Business and job opportunities in the field of ecoindustrial development are growing rapidly across the globe. Lane County could become a center of excellence in this exciting new field with sufficient attention and proper focus. In doing so, the citizens and communities of Lane County would achieve significant economic, social, and environmental benefits.
Description: 52 p.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/2366
Date: 2003-10-10


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