On September 7-8, 2011 the Department of Science & Engineering of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation held the Roundtable on Private, Public, and Tribal Collaboration on Workforce and Supply Chain Opportunities in Energy: The Role of Corporate Social Responsibility.
The Roundtable brought together high level tribal, industry, and other leaders and experts in the diverse fields of related to energy, environment, science and technology, research, workforce development, business development, and education in a series of facilitated dialogues to examine federal and corporate social responsibility policies to determine how such policies can support private-public-tribal partnerships to increase tribal participation in all facets of energy development. AREVA, with Susan Hess, Anna Markham, Celia Gentz, and Denise Weiss, was well represented.
The discussions suggested several areas in which the interests of AREVA and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and other Indian tribes converge. The Tribe has treaty interests in the Hanford Site which require the Tribe’s Department of Science and Engineering to be knowledgeable about all facets of the nuclear fuel cycle. Stuart Harris, the Department director, was part of a tribal delegation that toured many of AREVA’s waste management and other facilities in France. A CTUIR delegation also toured AREVA’s Richland fuel fabrication facility to get a sense of the facility’s operations and to begin an exploration of employment and supply chain opportunities. AREVA has now agreed to conduct a more detailed briefing for the CTUIR’s economic development and planning staff on how to do business with AREVA. Similarly, AREVA will now communicate employment opportunities to the Tribe’s employment office.
Perhaps the most important AREVA contribution to the Roundtable was Susan Hess’ description of the proposed clean energy research parks. The parks concept, appropriately modified for tribal purposes, provide a conceptual framework to organize ongoing and future tribal energy activities and collaborative efforts in a wide range of research, training, generation and other arenas.