Upcoming Events

Adaptation and Development
The Worldwide Search for Policies to Address Climate Change in Vulnerable Communities

February 3, 2021 | 1:00 pm EST

How can we get the international community, national and sub-national interests to accord adaptation a higher priority to the concept and its implementation? What does it mean for a nation to be “adapted” or resilient? Why has there been resistance to implementing a more effective set of adaptation policies internationally and within nations? How can we motivate the mainstreaming of adaptation into government and private sector projects and programs?

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Past Events

Populism, Democracy, and Climate

Adaptation in Politically Sensitive Environments

December 2, 2020 | 6:00 pm EST

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How does climate action take place in politically sensitive environments, where politics, international relations, and environmental political theory have to be considered? How can sustainable change and or adaption get enacted that meets the needs of all stakeholders? Cristina Yumie Aoki Inoue of the University of Brasilia (Brazil), Robyn Eckersley of the University of Melbourne (Australia), and Daniel J. Fiorino of the School of Public Affairs at American University, participated in a discussion moderated by Todd Eisenstadt School of Public Affairs at American University, that focuses on the politics of climate change.

Featuring:
Robyn Eckersley, University of Melbourne
Cristina Inoue, University of Brasilia
Dan Fiorino, American University, Center for Environmental Policy
Moderated by Todd Eisenstadt, American University, Center for Environmental Policy

Building Back Better, but in a Small and Hurricane-Damaged Economy

Dominica’s Quest to be the World’s First Resilient Nation

November 18, 2020 | 1:00pm EST

Recording Coming Soon

What are the unique challenges of a small island nation seeking to become the world’s most resilient nation? How can small island nations in the Caribbean and elsewhere address climate adaptation? As many depict these nations as emblematic of the most vulnerable of all, how have the AOSIS United Nations bargaining group and individual island nations harnessed international attention?

Featuring:
Francine Baron, Acting Director, Climate Resilience Execution Agency for Dominica (CREAD)and former cabinet member in the Government of Dominica
Emily Wilkinson, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Senior Research Fellow, Global Risks and Resilience and Chief Scientific Adviser, Climate Resilience Execution Agency for Dominica (CREAD)
Stacy-Ann Robinson, Environmental Studies, Colby College and former Representative of Jamaica in the United Nations General Assembly
Moderated by Dalia Abbas, Department of Environmental Science, American University

Promoting Government Awareness and Transparency in the Fight Against Flooding in Bangladesh

November 4, 2020 | 9:00am EST
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How can people be given a greater awareness of who is responsible for offering climate adaptation projects? How might these be distinguished from disaster management? How can government accountability be developed?

Featuring:
Sk. Tawfique Haque, Director, South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance (SIPG), North-South University
Sharaban Tahura Zaman, Departments of Law and Environmental Science & Management, North-South University
Teresa Kramarz, Associate Professor and Co-Director, Environmental Governance Lab, University of Toronto
Moderator: David Simpson, Global Environmental Politics, School of International Service (SIS), American University

A Conversation with Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board

October 14, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

In this discussion with Center Director Dan Fiorino, Mary Nichols discussed her work addressing California's air quality over her 45+ year career and the challenges that remain. This dialogue examined the future of air policy, including the importance of achieving health equity and environmental justice, and states’ role in addressing air pollution and climate change. 
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Conceptualizing and Measuring Adaptation

Why can’t we agree on what adaptation is and how to measure it?

October 7, 2020 | 1:00PM EST
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Is climate adaptation being accorded due consideration in social policy and international cooperation? How do we define adaptation? How does adaptation impact different parts of the world differentially?

Featuring:
Lisa Delmuth, Department of International Relations, University of Stockholm
Janet Ngombalu,Regional Programs Coordinator for Eastern Africa Grain Council
Maria-Therese Gustafsson, Department of Political Science, University of Stockholm
Moderated by Todd Eisenstadt, Center for Environmental Policy (CEP), American University

Clean Air for All
50 Years of the Clean Air Act

September 29, 2020

To mark the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Air Act and the 30th Anniversary of the Clean Air Act Amendments, American University’s Center for Environmental Policy, Center for Environmental Filmmaking and the American Lung Association held a remote day-long symposium.
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A New Coast: Strategies for Responding to Devastating Storms and Rising Seas

September 23, 2020 | 3:00PM EST
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Special Guest: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, United States Senate
Moderator: Robert Perciasepe, Executive Director, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Convened by: John E. Reeder, Executive in Residence, Center for Environmental Policy, American University

Featuring:
Jeffrey Peterson, Author, A New Coast: Strategies for Responding to Devastating Storms and Rising Seas
Lisa Hamilton, Adaptation Programs Director, Georgetown Climate Center
Richard Innes, Senior Fellow, Meridian Institute

Children of today will be coping with a warmer world dramatically altered by a changing climate, including more devastating storms and rising seas. Communities face unrelenting risks with precious little time to prepare. What can we do to preserve the social fabric of vulnerable communities, maintain essential services, and assure a just transition to a new coast? Panelists joined Senator Sheldon Whitehouse for a conversation featuring a presentation by Jeffrey Peterson, author of A New Coast: Strategies for Responding to Devastating Storms and Rising Seas.

A Positive Psychology Approach to Population Policy as a Model for Energy and Environmental Policies

September 9, 2020 | 12:00-1:00PM EST

Economic and population growth are two major challenges to sustainability in the modern world. Yet, decades of efforts highlighting the perils of overpopulation have failed to slow the planet’s rapid global population growth. Join the Center for Environmental Policy for this webinar discussion of an alternative strategy to achieving demographic stability. Drawing on insights from the field of positive psychology, Dorit Kerrit and Alon Tal of Tel Aviv University offer a new perspective on successful family planning policies. They advocate a direct approach that emphasizes individual benefits rather than indirect gains through a strategy based on mitigation of damages. Michael Kraft of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will present potential applications of positive psychology in the development of environmental and energy policies.
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Speakers:
Daniel J. Fiorino, Director, Center for Environmental Policy, American University, Moderator
Dorit Kerret, Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Policy, Tel-Aviv University
Michael Kraft, Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs Emeritus and Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Environmental Studies Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Alon Tal, Professor, Chair, Department of Public Policy, Tel Aviv, University,

Advocacy and Activism at Work: Clean Air, Climate and Equity

August 19, 2020 | 3:30-5:00PM EST

Advocacy and Activism at Work: Clean Air, Climate, and EquityJoin this interactive webinar featuring a panel of climate and healthy air activists that will address the critical role of activism when it comes to advocating for environmental justice, clean air, and a liveable climate - all of which are essential for healthy communities. Activists and advocates from a variety of community-based and global organizations will discuss their efforts to engage and strengthen disproportionately impacted communities as well as catalyze policy change at all levels of government.

The webinar will kick off with a virtual screening of the new film, “Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air,” which focuses on the remarkable progress in cleaning up air pollution and saving lives driven by the Clean Air Act, and the obstacles that remain when it comes to ensuring healthy air for all communities.

Hosted by the SPA Center for Environmental Policy and the American Lung Association.
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Air Quality and COVID-19: Connections, Health Impacts, and Racial Disparities

July 15, 2020 | 4:00PM EST

Recent research suggests that individuals who have faced long-term exposure to fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) and underlying health conditions face higher rates of COVID-19 illness and mortality. Research has also shown that people of color, particularly African Americans, face greater than average risks from the health impacts of both air pollution and COVID-19. This webinar will present the findings from the public health, data science and local government perspectives, and will include a discussion of the research-public policy collaborations underway to understand these interconnected health risks, as well as efforts to mitigate them.
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Next Gen: Environmental Regulation for the Modern Era

May 28, 2020 | 2:00PM EST

Modernizing regulations is an important step toward building a 21st Century model of environmental protection. Noncompliance with environmental rules is a problem that can undermine important public health and environmental protections.

Join us for a free webinar discussion with Cynthia Giles, former head of EPA’s enforcement office, as she presents her series of articles on designing regulations that lead to better compliance and environmental outcomes.

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Webinar: Environmental Attitudes and Innovations in Rural America

April 15, 2020

Join American University's Center for Environmental Policy for a free webinar that will explore new research about the environmental attitudes of Americans living in rural communities on topics such as stewardship, conservation and regulations, as well as practical approaches for bridging divisions between environmentalists in rural and urban communities. The discussion will also address existing and emerging innovations in sustainable farming and ranching practices using technologies and science-based production techniques.

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Toward 21st Century Environmental Protection
Policies, Technologies, and Institutions

November 14-15, 2019

The School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University and the School of Public Affairs at American University are sponsoring a dialogue on the challenge of 21st Century Environmental Protection to be held in Washington DC.
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Net Zero Carbon by 2050: What does it mean? How do we get there?

October 16 | 3:30 - 5 p.m. | Kerwin 301

Can renewables supply 100% of U.S. Electricity? 100% of all energy? There is growing consensus that global emissions should reach net-zero by 2050 and the range of proposed legislative, political and economic ideas about how to achieve that goal are under debate. Join this conversation that will explores some of the ideas and strategies for achieving carbon neutrality.

Rich Powell, Executive Director, ClearPath and ClearPathAction
Karl Hausker, World Resources Institute
Dan Fiorino, Director, Center for Environmental Policy
Sarah Hunt, Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy

Conference on EPA and the Future of Environmental Protection

April 23-24, 2019

Following the environmental awakening of the late 1960’s, the US Environmental Protection Agency has helped achieve remarkable environmental progress even as the US economy and population have grown. The Agency has led the world in setting science-based standards and promoting environmental progress through innovative policies, partnerships, and local, regional, national and international negotiations.

Environmental protection in the future, however, may require new approaches, new tools and possibly, new legal authorities.

As EPA's 50th anniversary approaches, this conference will explore EPA's role in leading the nation and the world in meeting future environmental challenges. American University's Center for Environmental Policy and The Washington College of Law Program on Environmental and Energy Law are co-hosting this event, in cooperation with the EPA Alumni Association and the Environmental Law Institute.
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William K. Reilly Awards for Environmental Leadership

Date: March 21, 2019
Time: 6:00PM
Location: American University, Constitution Hall, East Campus

For more information about the event or sponsorship opportunities contact: Danielle Miller Wagner (djmwagner@american.edu)

Leadership Awardees
Linda Fisher
Kevin J. Fay

Keynote Speaker
Phil Sharp

Conference on EPA and the Future of Environmental Protection

April 23-24, 2019

Following the environmental awakening of the late 1960’s, the US Environmental Protection Agency has helped achieve remarkable environmental progress even as the US economy and population have grown. The Agency has led the world in setting science-based standards and promoting environmental progress through innovative policies, partnerships, and local, regional, national and international negotiations.

Environmental protection in the future, however, may require new approaches, new tools and possibly, new legal authorities.

As EPA's 50th anniversary approaches, this conference will explore EPA's role in leading the nation and the world in meeting future environmental challenges. American University's Center for Environmental Policy and The Washington College of Law Program on Environmental and Energy Law are co-hosting this event, in cooperation with the EPA Alumni Association and the Environmental Law Institute.
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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.