McDonough, Podesta to Address US Fuel Cell Council

Noted architect William McDonough and former Presidential Chief of Staff John Podesta will address members of the U.S. Fuel Cell Council (USFCC) at their Annual Spring Meeting on May 21-22, 2002, in Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 17, 2002 [] The Council serves as the trade association dedicated to the commercialization of fuel cell technologies in the United States. McDonough’s firm, William McDonough + Partners, “crafts designs for buildings and communities that embody new and enduring standards of economic, ecological, and social responsibility.” The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment selected the firm’s Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies as one of the Top Ten Green Projects for 2002. McDonough will be the keynote speaker for the General Session on the first day of the Meeting. John Podesta was White House Chief of Staff during the Clinton Administration, and is now a Senior Fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Podesta will give an “International Climate Change Update” to the Council’s Board of Directors on the second day of the Meeting. Among other business to be conducted at the Spring Meeting: the Council’s Board of Directors will approve its officers for the coming year; working Groups will report on their activities; applications of 18 new members will be approved by the Board of Directors, bringing total membership to 106. The U.S. Fuel Cell Council was formed in 1998 and is open to anyone who shares our goal of fuel cell commercialization in the United States. Its members include producers of fuel cells, as well as major suppliers, fuel providers, government agencies and customers.