Agencies Assigned Role in Promoting Green Manufacturing
April 26, 2012
The White House Office of Science and Technology on Thursday released its "National Bioeconomy Blueprint," a 43-page rundown, promised in September 2011, on what federal agencies are and will be doing to promote research into environmentally sustainable manufacturing processes that help create jobs.
Recent advances in biological sciences affecting food, animal feed, fiber for clothing, energy sources and industrial chemicals are opening markets based less on "petroleum-based products and other nonrenewable resources but with materials that are quite literally homegrown," science office staffers Mary Maxon and Elizabeth Robinson wrote in a blog. "The blueprint calls upon federal agencies to accelerate their efforts to harness the biological sciences for the benefit of the nation."