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Day 1

Thursday, November 14
at Arent Fox, LLP

Welcoming remarks, statement of themes, and conference overview

Keynote Address:

Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, Executive Director, Childrens Environmental Health Network


Panel 1: Applying Innovative Strategies and Solutions

The menu of policy tools and strategies expands as we gain more experience with environmental problem-solving. Regulation through technology and performance will continue to play a role, but other tools become more important as we address more complex and dispersed problems. This session considers the economic incentives and the steps for applying them successfully.


  • Moderator: Daniel Fiorino, Director, Center for Environmental Policy, American University School of Public Affairs
  • Erin Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance
  • Jennifer Silberman, Founder and President, Creative Disruption
  • Jonathan Wiener, William R. and Thomas L. Perkins Professor of Law, Professor of Environmental Policy, Professor of Public Policy, Duke University



Panel 2: Strengthening Environment and Energy Linkages

The environment can no longer be viewed as a stand-alone issue. Complex challenges such as climate change, biodiversity, air and water quality, and others affected and are affected by energy, the economy, equity, public health and others. This discussion will consider the complexity of these linkages and explore opportunities for applying them across a range of polices and partnerships.

  • Moderator: Janet Peace, Senior Vice President of Policy and Business Strategy, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
  • Stephen Harper, Global Director, Environment and Energy Policy, Intel Corporation
  • Karl Hausker, Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute
  • Sarah Ladislaw, Senior Vice President and Director and Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, CSIS

Lunch I Keynote Address: William K. Reilly



Panel 3: Communicating about the Environment

Beyond policy making, the basic tenets of advancing an environmental agenda are based on educating, informing, and communicating with the public. This will be more critical as problems grow more complex, more interrelated, and sometimes less obvious. This session assesses the range of methods for communicating about the environment and how to expand capacities for doing so effectively.

  • Moderator: Monica Medina, Founder and Publisher, Our Daily Planet
  • Paul Bledsoe, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, Center for Environmental Policy, American University
  • Thomas Easley, Assistant Dean of Community and Inclusion, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University
  • Maggie Stogner, Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, American University




Panel 4: Using New Technologies

New and emerging technologies pose opportunities as well as present challenges for environmental problem-solving. The technology options for understanding, monitoring, and solving problems is expanding constantly, with such tools as remote sensing, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, and others. This session identifies the most promising technology opportunities and how to use them.

  • Moderator: Jo Anne Shatkin, President and Founder, Vireo Advisors
  • Amy Jaffe, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations
  • David Rejeski, Director; Technology, Innovation and the Environment Project, Environmental Law Institute
  • Sally Tinkle, Senior Advisor, Science and Technology Policy Institute



Panel 5: Strengthening and Engaging Institutions

In the 1970s and 1980s, the Federal government played the leadership role in the environmental enterprise due to the early stage of knowledge and policy in the US. This model is now outdated as significant capacity lies in other institutions and throughout society. State and local government, the private sector and civil society, together with the federal government, bring new approaches, solutions, and opportunities for advancing environmental protection in the future. This panel examines the kinds of capabilities that will be needed—in people, relationships, organizational design—and how best to prepare institutions at all levels of government and society for 21st century environmental protection.

  • Moderator: Neil Kerwin, President Emeritus; Professor of Public Administration and Policy, American University
  • Leah Allen, Founder, Mobilize Green
  • Derry Allen, EPA Alumni Association
  • Tracy Mehan, Executive Director, Government Affairs, American Water Works Association

Networking Reception

Day 2

Friday, November 15
at Hogan Lovells


Panel 6: Reframing Environmental Protection: Big Ideas for the 21st Century

Environmental protection now is seen through lens of environmental and other forms of sustainability, as an opportunity for reorientations based on market and other designs, and as calling for more integrated, systems-based strategies. This panel considers a set of “big ideas” drawn from recent writing and debates and the opportunities for environmental protection in the 21st century based on these big ideas.

  • Moderator: Juliet Eilperin, Senior National Affairs Correspondent, Washington Post
  • Dan Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Yale Law School
  • Linda Fisher, former Vice President Safety, Health and Environment and Chief Sustainability Officer, DuPont
  • Jason Grumet, President, Bipartisan Policy Center


Keynote Address

“Accelerating Energy Innovation for Sustainable Growth,” Richard Newell, President and CEO, Resources for the Future


Closing Plenary: Conclusions and Path Forward

An open conversation about the critical paths forward and priorities for the future.


  • Dan Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Yale Law School
  • Daniel Fiorino, Director, Center for Environmental Policy, American University School of Public Affairs