Upton, NY - Meyer Steinberg, a senior scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, is a corecipient of a Greenman Award for his research on atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) mitigation. Mr. Steinberg received the award at the International Conference on CO2 Removal, held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in September.
Presented by the conference organizers - the U.S. Department of Energy, the Electric Power Research Institute and MIT - the award consists of a replica of a sculpture known as "Jeep's Leafface" from St. John the Divine Cathedral in Manhattan. A certificate accompanying the award explains that it is given "to honor contributions toward harnessing technology so that the human race can better live in harmony with the environment."
Greenman sculptures can be found in churches, cathedrals and older buildings. The Celtic archetype of a human face peering through foliage symbolizes creativity, compassion, healing, new beginnings, and especially humankind's connection with nature.
The two other researchers honored with the award were Wim Turkenburg from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and Yoichi Kaya from Keio University in Japan.
Steinberg has been working on technologies for reducing CO2 emissions to the atmosphere since the early 1980s, when the potential problem of global climate change was first recognized. Global climate change has been attributed largely to atmospheric carbon
dioxide. Produced by the burning of fossil fuels, atmospheric carbon dioxide traps infrared radiation, which would otherwise escape from the earth's atmosphere. This causes a warming and an increase in global temperature - a phenomenon known as the "greenhouse effect."
"The U.S. spends over a billion dollars per year on the basic scientific research needed to understand global climate change, but very little has been invested in technologies to reduce CO2 emissions to the atmosphere," Steinberg said. "Most mainstream scientists would agree that developing these technologies is an important issue that needs to be addressed."
A chemical engineer specializing in energy and environmental problems, Steinberg joined the staff of Brookhaven Lab in 1957.
Brookhaven National Laboratory carries out basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences and in selected energy technologies. Brookhaven is operated by Associated Universities, Inc., a nonprofit research management organization, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.