About NARA

Scientists from public universities, government laboratories and private industry from throughout the Northwest, and beyond, are joining together to focus on developing ways to turn one of the region's most plentiful commodities—wood and wood waste—into jet fuel.

Led by Washington State University, the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) will take a holistic approach to building a supply chain for aviation biofuel with the goal of increasing efficiency in everything from forestry operations to conversion processes. Using a variety of feedstocks, including forest and mill residues, construction waste, as well as new energy crops, the project aims to create a sustainable industry to produce aviation biofuels and important co-products. The project includes a broad alliance of private industry and educational institutions from throughout the Northwest.

NARA's Five Teams
To meet its mission's goals, the Alliance is broken down into specific areas of focus:

Education: Engage citizens, meet future workforce needs, enhance science literacy in biofuels, and help people understand how they're going to fit into the new energy economy.

Conversion: Provide a biomass-derived replacement for aviation fuel and other petroleum-derived chemicals in a way that is economically and technologically feasible.

Feedstocks: Take a multi-pronged approach for the development and sustainable production of feedstocks made from wood materials, including forest and mill residues, municipal solid waste, and specialty energy crops.

Sustainability Measurement: Evaluate and assess environmental, social, and economic viability of the overall wood to biofuels supply chain, guiding the project as it goes forward.

Outreach: Serve as a conduit between researchers and community stakeholders, helping to transfer the science and technology of biofuels and important co-products to communities in the Northwest.

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Attention Educators

Are you are interested in using the 22-question Energy Literacy Assessment that the Education team of NARA has created in your own programming? Please complete a short survey here to tell us how you plan to utilize the assessment. Your responses will inform us which age-appropriate assessment for your students to clone. 

High School students can take the energy assessment here.

Middle School students can take the energy assessment here.

Energy Literacy Framework
The Energy Literacy Framework was led by the U.S. Department of Energy and a peer-review network of 13 federal agencies that comprise the U.S. Global Change Research Program Partner agencies and 20 recognized educational partners. The Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education presents an interdisciplinary approach to energy concepts that, if understood and applied, will help individuals and communities make informed energy decisions. The guide does not seek to identify all areas of energy understanding, but rather to focus on those that are essential for all citizens K-Gray. The intended audience for the Energy Literacy document is anyone involved in energy education for use in formal and informal energy education, standards development, curriculum design, assessment development, and educator trainings.


U.S. Department of Energy