August 18, 2022

Aug 18, 2022

to convene critical minerals summit August 22-23

Fairbanks, AK – In partnership with state and congressional leaders, the University of will host a summit to explore ’s role in meeting the country’s need for a domestic supply of critical mineral resources.

The gathering will include policy makers, industry leaders, Native corporations, state and federal agencies, and top scientists and researchers. , will take place August 22 - 23 at the Fairbanks against the backdrop of the United State’s $369 million investment to jumpstart clean energy development. 

“The race for clean energy technologies places at the center of our country’s demand to develop domestic sources,” said President Pat Pitney. “It also places the university in a perfect position to convene these vital, national discussions.”

Critical minerals plentiful in – copper, lithium, nickel, cobalt and rare earth elements – are essential components in clean energy technologies from wind turbines and electricity networks to electric vehicles. Securing a domestic supply of critical minerals is essential for both the country’s green energy goals and national defense. 

“For the past 100 years, the system has been advancing research and expertise and educating the workforce required to help meet the demands of our state’s future. Our faculty, staff, students and alumni comprise a formidable resource to help guide the sound development of 's critical minerals,” said Pitney.

Senators Murkowski and Sullivan will kick off the summit on the first day with a discussion about mineral development in as a strategic national imperative. Throughout the day, speakers will address the geopolitical issues surrounding critical mineral development, ’s supply, access, permitting, and the community impact of critical mineral development.

Governor Dunleavy will open the second day of the summit and discussions throughout the day will take an indepth look at 's opportunities. Sessions will include a look at the current research related to critical minerals in , and industry needs for development, including workforce and infrastructure.

Moderators for the two-day summit include Mike Sfraga, Chair, U.S. Arctic Commission, and DNR Acting Commissioner Akis Gialopsos. A full list of speakers and moderators is . The full agenda is .

Registration for the summit, which is near attendance capacity, is open . The university is partnering with the Wilson Center Polar Institute to provide a  of the summit. A recording and proceedings will be made available at a later date.

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MEDIA ACCESS: Media interested in covering the summit in person must register. There is no conference fee for media. Registration is at: , code akmincomp2022. 

For more information contact Monique Musick, manager of marketing and communication, at 907-388-4784 or