The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology began in Philadelphia, with an expected 1,100 attendees from 35 countries coming to the city. The city provided a warm welcome to the attendees, declaring Monday May 12, 2014 “Energy Independence Day.”
The official proclamation, signed by the Hon. Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia, “urge[s] all citizens to be aware of the importance of sustainable energy,” and recognizes Novozymes, who, “with the help of biotechnology, has enabled the growth of several renewable energy sources and cleaner fossil domestic energy for the United States.”
Katherine Gajewski, Director of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia, presented the official proclamation to BIO President & CEO Jim Greenwood and Novozymes Director of Communications and Public Affairs Chris Bender. Under her direction, the City’s Greenworks program has made progress more than 160 initiatives in the five sustainability target areas of energy, environment, equity, economy, and engagement.
Ben Franklin was also on hand for the event, arriving in the Zymobile. The World Congress will also post a Declaration of Energy Independence in the Pennsylvania Convention Center to ask attendees and others to sign a petition to end the oil companies’ monopoly on transportation fuel.