EPA Technology Summit
The Center for Environmental Policy was pleased to work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on a major conference. The EPA Technology Summit was held on the campus of American University on May 14, 2012. This invitation-only event was designed to bring together leaders in technology development, the financial industry, government, and academia to lay out a plan for accelerating the deployment of environmental technologies with the joint objectives of environmental protection and economic growth.
The one-day event opened with welcoming remarks from American University President Neil Kerwin, followed by a theme-setting address by EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. Three other senior administration officials--Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, and Trade Representative Ron Kirk--then offered remarks on the issues from their agencies' perspectives. Break-out groups addressed specific technology barriers and opportunities in three areas. The afternoon consisted of Six Market Opportunity Talks by senior leaders from the Nature Conservancy, CERES, the Environmental Defense Fund, CERES, Weston Solutions, and Corning Environmental Technologies.
The Genesis of a Green State? Continuity and Change in Environmental Policy
Visiting Scholar Event with James Meadowcroft, Carleton University
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Abramson Family Founders Room, SIS
James Meadowcroft holds a Canada Research Chair in Governance for Sustainable Development at Carleton University in Canada. He is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and the School of Public Policy. He has written widely on the politics and policy of the environment and sustainability, working on topics related to democracy and the environment, planning for sustainable development, participation, socio-technical transitions and sustainable energy policy. His most recent co-edited book was Caching the Carbon: the Politics and Policy of Carbon Capture and Storage.
A Turbulent Environment: American Politics and the EPA
Mary Graydon Center, Room 200
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created in 1970 to consolidate environmental and pollution programs that had been scattered across the federal government. It was a product of growing public concern about the environment in the 1960s. Now just past forty years old, EPA is the subject of political debate and, from some quarters, intense criticism for its policies. Join the Center for Environmental Policy for a panel discussion with four former presidential appointees for a discussion of EPA's past, its current controversies, and its future.
Terry Davies, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
EPA Assistant Administrator for Policy, Planning, and Evaluation, 1989-1991
Timothy Fields, Jr., Senior Vice President, MDB, Inc.
EPA Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response, 1997-2001
Ben Grumbles, President, Clean Water America Alliance
EPA Assistant Administrator for Water, 2004-2009
David Gardiner, President, David Gardiner and Associates
EPA Assistant Administrator for Policy, 1993-1999
A Conversation with Christine Todd Whitman
April 18, 2011
The Center for Environmental Policy and the School of Public Affairs are co-sponsoring a conversation with Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey and EPA administrator on April 18. The purpose of the conversation is to have a dialogue on the state of environmental politics and policies. It will be held at American University’s Butler Pavilion, 6th Floor from 4:00 to 5:00.
Christine Todd Whitman is President of The Whitman Strategy Group, a consulting firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues. Governor Whitman served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from January of 2001 until June of 2003. She was the 50th Governor of the State of New Jersey, serving as its first woman governor from 1994 until 2001.
Tracy Mehan is Principal of The Cadmus Group, Inc., an environmental consulting firm, and serves on the Advisory Board for the School of Public Affairs’ Center for Environmental Policy. He served previously as the Assistant Administrator for Water with the Environmental Protection Agency.
Roundtable on Collaborative Governance and Federal Environmental Decision Making
April 26, 2011 [Watch Video of this Event]
The Center for Environmental Policy and the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution are co-sponsoring a roundtable discussion on collaborative environmental governance on April 26. The purpose of the roundtable is to bring together a range of people working or interested in the field of collaborative environmental governance. Participants will include representatives of the government, nongovernmental, research, and collaborative professional communities. It will be held at the National Archives from 3:00 to 5:00. If there is interest, the sponsors plan to hold future dialogue sessions on the strengths, limits, uses, and design of collaborative governance mechanisms for making environmental decisions.
Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable
April 27-28, 2011
The Center for Environmental Policy will host the next meeting (April 27-28) of the Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable at American University. Since 2002, SWRR has brought together representatives from the federal, state, corporate, non-profit, and academic sectors to advance our understanding of the nation’s water resources and to develop tools for their sustainable management. SWRR is a subcommittee to the Advisory Committee on Water Information, which is a Federal Advisory committee that reports to the Department of Interior. ACWI represents the interests of water-information users and professionals in advising the Federal Government on Federal water-information programs and their effectiveness in meeting the Nation's water-information needs.
The April meeting will identify selected components of an approach to water sustainability. Topics to be covered are the current state of water information and indicators, federal-state collaboration on water sustainability, reducing industry's water footprint, and communicating scientific and sustainability information to the public.