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Workshop on Environmental Protection, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning

On September 21, the Partnership for Technology Innovation and the Environment will host a workshop on applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to support environmental data analysis and decision-making processes. Advances in uses of AI tools offer in the environmental field offer a great deal of promise for improving decision-making and environmental quality. This workshop will address two specific applications of AI tools -- risk assessments and water quality.

2018 William K. Reilly Award Winners Announced

The Center for Environmental Policy has announced the winners of the 2018 William K. Reilly Awards for Environmental Leadership, Mamie A. Parker and William Baker.

Mamie Parker is the former Head of Fisheries and Chief of Staff of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She is a committed and passionate fish and wildlife biologist with many years of experience in conservation, public speaking, advocacy, fundraising and community organizing. A history maker, Parker served as a public servant for almost 30 years and moved up to the highest ranks as the first African American appointed to the Senior Executive Service in the Fish and Wildlife Service.
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Will Baker is the President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation where he began his career as an intern, a few weeks out of college in 1976. He has served as President since 1982, leading the largest nonprofit conservation organization dedicated solely to preserving, protecting, and restoring the Chesapeake Bay. His opinion pieces have been published in all major regional newspapers and the New York Times, and he has been repeatedly interviewed on all major television and radio networks.
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George S. Hawkins to Deliver Keynote Address

at William K. Reilly Awards, March 8, 2018

The Center for Environmental Policy announces George S. Hawkins, CEO and General Manager of DC Water, as the keynote speaker of the 2018 William K. Reilly Awards.

As Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of DC Water, Hawkins is transforming the agency into an innovative, customer-oriented enterprise, driving a robust innovations program. DC Water is now focused on customer engagement, vibrant social media, research and development, and product development and licensing. Hawkins has also launched DC Water Works, a program resulting in significant numbers of District-resident hires by contractors on DC Water projects.

In addition, the $2.6 billion Clean Rivers Project will nearly eliminate combined sewer overflows to local waterways, and the authority recently invested $950 million to reduce nutrients to the Chesapeake Bay. Hawkins oversaw the launch of a heralded $470 million waste-to-energy program to produce a marketable nutrient and generate 13 megawatts of green power. He also has tripled the program to replace water infrastructure.

DC Water has received many major awards in the industry, including the 2016 U.S. Water Prize for resource recovery. Hawkins was named a Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year in 2014 and has received numerous leadership awards.

Hawkins has held executive positions in state and municipal government, environmental and community groups, the U.S. EPA, and private law practice. Mr. Hawkins graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. He teaches Environmental Law and Policy at Princeton University.

Environmental Careers Network

Meet career professionals dedicated to helping SPA graduate students learn about working in environmental policy. 

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2018 Reilly Scholarship Winners

2018 William K. Reilly Scholars Announced

The 2018 William K. Reilly Scholars are Samantha Pedreiro (MPA 2019) and Jake Assael (MPA 2019).

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Reflection on U.S. Environmental Policy

This video history, produced with support from the EPA Alumni Association, honors William K. Reilly’s tenure as EPA Administrator and his many contributions to federal, state, and local environmental governance.

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A Good Life on a Finite Earth

Daniel Fiorino, distinguished executive in residence at the American University School of Public Affairs, argues that policymakers need to protect the environment if they want the economy to grow in the long-term.

In his new book, A Good Life on a Finite Earth: The Political Economy of Green Growth, which was published in December by Oxford University Press, Fiorino links academic research with policy analysis.

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Flooded suburbs

Research ·

New Book Explores Whether Democracy Can Handle Climate Change

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George Hawkins

Government & Politics ·

George Hawkins Aims to Inspire Policy Passion at the Local Level

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