2019 Events

William K. Reilly Awards for Environmental Leadership

Date: March 21, 2019

2018 Events

Childrens Health and the Changing Environment

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Time: 8:00-11:30am EST

Location: Arent Fox, 1717 K Street NW, Washington, DC

RSVP: w3677a@student.american.edu

This symposium will explore the impacts of rollbacks of environmental regulations coupled with intensified climate change on factors such as extreme weather events, air and water quality, green space and other issues that directly impact children's physical and emotional development. Hosted by Arent Fox and convened in partnership with the Childrens Environmental Health Network. Featuring Mark Schleifstein Environment reporter, The Times-Picayune.

Please contact Danielle Miller Wagner with any questions at djmwagner@american.edu.

Local Initiatives to Address Global Climate Change in the Trump Era

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018
Time: 7-9pm EST
Location: Spring Valley, Room 100, American University, Washington DC
RSVP: sb1237a@student.american.edu

Join Mary Cheh, DC City Councilmember, Ward 3, Eric Coffman, Chief, Office of Energy and Sustainability, Montgomery County, MD, and John Morrell, Director Energy and Environment Office, Arlington County, VA, for a discussion of the role of local leadership in addressing and facilitating community action on climate change. Convened in partnership with Global Peace Services USA.

Please contact Danielle Miller Wagner with any questions at djmwagner@american.edu.

Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Time: 4-5:30pm EST
Location: School of Public Affairs, Kerwin Hall Room 300, American University, Washington, DC
RSVP: cw3677a@american.edu

Private sector action provides one of the most promising opportunities to reduce the risks of climate change, buying time while governments move slowly or even oppose climate mitigation. In his new book, Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change, Vanderbilt University Law Professor Mike Vandenbergh (with Jonathan M. Gilligan) draws on law, policy, social science and climate science to demonstrate how private initiatives are already bypassing government inaction in the United States and around the globe. The book makes a persuasive case that private governance can reduce global carbon emissions by a billion tons per year over the next decade.

This discussion will include an examination of the growth of private climate initiatives over the last decade, a theory of why private actors are motivated to reduce emissions, and a review of viable next steps.

Professor Michael P. Vandenbergh is the David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law, Co-Director of the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program, and Director of the Climate Change Research Network at Vanderbilt University Law School. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina (BA, Zoology) and the University of Virginia (JD).

Kevin J. Fay, Vice-Chairman & CEO of Alcalde & Fay, is an internationally recognized specialist on environmental and energy issues with particular emphasis on governmental policies involving the atmosphere and climate. Currently, he serves as Executive Director of the International Climate Change Partnership, a coalition of companies and trade associations working to develop international policies on the global climate change issue. He received his J.D. from American University in Washington DC and is an Honors graduate from the University of Virginia.

Please contact Danielle Miller Wagner with any questions at djmwagner@american.edu or 202-744-6506.

partnership for Technology Innovation and the Environment Workshop

Please join Center for Environmental Policy for a discussion of the role of private actors in climate mitigation featuring Vanderbilt University Law Professor Mike Vandenbergh in a discussion with Kevin Fay, CEO of Alcalde & Fay.

Date: Friday, September 21, 2018
Time: 8:45 am - 4:30pm EST
Location: Kerwin Hall, Room 301, School of Public Affairs, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
RSVP: Please respond to Norie Ogata at no4670@student.american.edu.

2018 William K. Reilly Awards for Environmental Leadership

George S. Hawkins, CEO and General Manager of DC Water, announced as the keynote speaker of the 2018 William K. Reilly Awards on March 8, 2018.
Sponsor the Reilly Awards

2018 William K. Reilly Awards Student Conversation with Bill Reilly and George Hawkins

March 8, 2018
3:30-4:30 PM
Kerwin Hall, Room 301
American University

The Center for Environmental Policy invites you to join this interactive conversation featuring Bill Reilly and George Hawkins, former General Manager of DC Water.

Topics to be addressed will include:

  • Innovation in the public sector
  • The impacts of climate change on water resources
  • The future of water infrastructure
  • and other topics to be proposed by students

Refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Theo Laguna

Past Events

A Conversation with Former EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy

November 1, 2017
6:00-7:30 PM
Kerwin Hall, Room 301
American University

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A Deeper Look at Deep DeCarbonization Pathways for the U.S. Economy

November 7, 2017
4:00-5:30 PM
Kerwin Hall, Room 301
American University

A Dialogue with Karl Hausker, Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute, Karen Baehler, Scholar in Residence, and Paul Bledsoe, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, Department of Public Administration and Policy, American University School of Public Affairs.
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For more information or to RSVP for any event, please contact Carley Weted, Center for Environmental Policy cw3677a@american.edu.

Friday Forum with TIST Farmers

March 31, 2017
4:00-5:30 PM, Reception to Follow
Mary Graydon Center, Room 315
American University

RSVP: sagee.moyal@gmail.com
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Student Discussion with Bill Reilly and Claire Barnett, founder of the Healthy Schools Network

March 30, 2017
4:00-5:00 PM
Butler Conference Room
American University

RSVP: sagee.moyal@gmail.com
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William K. Reilly Awards for Environmental Leadership

March 30, 2017
6:00-7:30 Ceremony | 7:30-9:30 Reception
Katzen Arts Center
American University

Awards will be given to Claire Barnett of the Healthy Schools Network, and Vannesa and Ben Henneke of The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program with a keynote address by Jay Faison of the ClearPath Foundation.

RSVP: www.american.edu/reilly

Legislative Priorities and Strategies for Environmental Protection

February 21, 2017
8:30-10:00 am
Hogan Lovells
555 13th St. NW
Washington, DC

Legislative Priorities and Strategies for Environmental Protection. Using the 2016 passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act as a model, this moderated dialogue will examine successful strategies and lessons that may be applied to advance an environmental agenda in 2017. The reauthorization of TSCA enjoyed bipartisan and industry support, but took decades to achieve. This forum will address the factors that contributed to this success as well as lessons that may be applied to future environmental policies, particularly in a polarized political environment.

Speakers will include Richard A. Denison, Ph.D., Lead Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund, Amy Duvall, Senior Director, Federal Affairs, American Chemistry Council, and Jim Jones, former Assistant Administrator of EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

A Conversation with Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner Stephen G. Burns

February 14, 2017
Butler Boardroom

Nuclear Regulatory Commissions Stephen Burns visited CEP on February 14 to discuss role of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to ensure the beneficial use of nuclear energy while protecting human health and the environment. Topics included nuclear safety, the role of nuclear power in climate change mitigation, new technologies to address climate change and the need for energy, among others.

The Scher Sustainability Forum: Building a Green Economy through Investments in Infrastructure

November 2, 2016
Reception 6:30-7:30 pm | Program 7:30-8:30 pm
Mary Graydon Center, Room 3-4
American University

Current estimates are that the United States should invest about $3.6 trillion in physical infrastructure by 2020. These investments offer an opportunity to promote critical national goals to upgrade national capabilities in the energy, water, transportation, and building sectors that conserve resources, reduce pollution, improve quality of life, create jobs, and promote green economic development. The Scher Sustainability Forum will feature a dialogue on mechanisms for financing these investments and opportunities for linking environmental and economic goals through smart investments in infrastructure.
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Energy, Markets, and the Environment: The Future of Clean Energy in Texas

October 25, 2016
Lunch and Program 12:00-2:00 pm
The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
111 North Post Oak Lane
Houston, TX

Join business leaders, academics and utilities professionals in a discussion of Texas energy future moderated by Pat Wood, former Chair of the Texas Public Utility Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and featuring Bill Reilly, former EPA Administrator, Brian Lloyd, Executive Director of the Texas Public Utility Commission, and Mac McFarland, CEO of Luminant.
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Scher Sustainability Forum: Public-Private Financing for Global Sustainability

May 18, 2016
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Reception to follow
National Press Club, Washington, DC

This interactive discussion addressed initiatives to scale up the level of investment in sustainability and the private sector's role in promoting a national and global sustainability transition. Specific projects discussed included the Regions of Climate Action (R20) Green Accelerator Investment Fund, the President's Global Development Council and others.
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Watch the Recording

A Conversation with Author Michael Webber
Thirst for Power: Energy, Water, and Human Survival

April 28, 2016
Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye St. NW, Ste 1000
Washington, DC 20005

Event moderated by CEP Director Dan Fiorino
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Managing Environmental Change in a Changing World

March 31, 2016
Mary Graydon Center, Room 200

A Dialogue with Felicia Marcus, Chair of California Water Resources Board, and William K. Reilly, former EPA Administrator.

William K. Reilly Awards for Environmental Leadership

March 31, 2016

This annual event will feature the presentation of the William K. Reilly Awards for Governance and Leadership to two professionals who demonstrate the qualities of leadership, innovation, and contributions to future generations of environmental leaders, a keynote address by Felicia Marcus, Chair, California Water Resources Control Board, and scholarship awards to exemplary graduate students in AU's School of Public Affairs.

The Inaugural Scher Sustainability Forum: A Discussion with U.S. Ambassador to China Max Sieben Baucus

March 15, 2016
McKinley Building, Doyle/Forman Theater

Prior to being sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to China in 2014, Ambassador Baucus served as the senior United States Senator from Montana. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1978 to 2013, was Montana's longest serving U.S. Senator, and had the third longest tenure among those serving in the U.S. Senate. He was also a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Before his election to the U.S. Senate, Ambassador Baucus was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1978. He previously served in the Montana House of Representatives from 1973 to 1974.

Inaugural Scher Sustainability Forum News

Working for Cleaner, Healthier Environment

March 14, 2016
Mary Graydon Center, Room 3

Dialogue with the Deputy Administrator of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Stanley Meiburg

Social and Economic Costs of Climate Change on Children's Health

Monday, May 11, 2015, 1:00-5:00 PM, Reception 5:00-6:00 PM
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

The Center for Environmental Policy at American University's School of Public Affairs, the Children's Environmental Health Network and the Woodrow Wilson Center International Center for Scholars presented a half-day forum on The Social and Economic Costs of Climate Change for Children's Health: What Do We Know and What Can We Do?

The discussion featured policy experts, representatives of environmental organizations, public health experts, and economists. It addressed the current state of knowledge of the impacts of climate change on children's health and steps for mitigating them.

Featured speakers included William K. Reilly, former EPA Administrator, Ruth Etzel, Director, Office of Children's Health Protection, US EPA, and many others. Please see the attached flyer for details about the event.

This event is part of a series of dialogue sessions on environmental and public policy issues hosted by the Center for Environmental Policy under the auspices of the William K. Reilly Fund for Environmental Governance and Leadership.

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2015 William K. Reilly Environmental Leadership Awards

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 5:30-8:00 PM

Katzen Art Center's Abramson Family Recital Hall

Please join the Center for our annual event recognizing environmental leaders. Students will also be awarded scholarships for their work within the field. The keynote speaker will be Chad Holliday, former CEO of DuPont.