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The Calumet Conference Center at Purdue University Calumet
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Forum:  1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ¤  Expo:  3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
 
Washington, D.C. – Purdue University Calumet, Senator Richard Lugar, and Congressman Pete Visclosky today announced that Purdue University Calumet's Lugar-Visclosky Energy Forum and Expo will take place on Tuesday, October 7, 2008, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Purdue Calumet's Calumet Conference Center. 
 
The Forum, a conversation on energy policy, runs from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. featuring remarks from Senator Lugar and Congressman Visclosky, as well as a panel discussion with Andrew Hsu, Director of the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy at IUPUI, Nate Mosier, Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University, and John DeCicco, Senior Fellow for Automotive Strategies at the Environmental Defense Fund.  The Expo, an information fair showcasing innovative energy solutions, runs from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
 
"Underscoring our commitment to be a catalyst for addressing challenges facing Northwest Indiana, Purdue Calumet is proud to host this important event that advances expert, collective thinking about energy savings," Purdue Calumet Chancellor Howard Cohen said.  "Through our Energy Efficiency and Reliability Center and our Water Institute, we continue to serve this region as a valuable resource.  Purdue Calumet is poised and positioned to make a difference well beyond this Forum and Expo."
 
"Our nation faces an energy crisis.  Foreign governments control the vast majority of oil supplies on which our economy and way of life depend.  Safeguarding our national security requires dramatic reductions on our oil dependence," Lugar said.  "Renewable energy offers the greatest hope to wed our energy security needs with economic growth and environmental stewardship.  I'm excited to join with Pete Visclosky and Purdue Calumet for this important and timely energy forum in Northwest Indiana."
 
"Northwest Indiana's hardworking families are suffering from high gas and energy prices," said Visclosky.  "The Energy Forum and Expo will provide a great opportunity for people to discuss what needs to be done to solve the crisis, to learn about everyday actions that can squeeze more miles per gallon out of our cars and lower our utility bills, and get a glimpse of the cutting edge energy technologies of tomorrow."
 
The Expo will feature displays from an array of government agencies, non-profits, and companies that highlight energy-saving practices that save money, and offer a sneak peek at cutting edge energy technologies. 
 
The following is a partial list of participants in the Expo: Auto Alliance-EcoDriver, Chicago Public Radio-WBEZ, Climate Master, D&R International/Energy Star, Family Express, General Atomics, Home Depot, Indiana Builders Association, Indiana Office or Energy and Defense Development, IPower Energy Systems, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NIPSCO, Northwest Indiana Community Action, Purdue Calumet Energy Efficiency and Reliability Center, Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy, South Shore Clean Cities, SunRise Solar, Trane, and the University of Notre Dame Energy Center.
 
For more information, or to register for the Forum, please visit www.conf.purdue.edu/energy.  Both events are free and open to the public. Registration for the forum is required as seating is limited