Promoting a Low Carbon Resilient Future Together: State-Federal Workshop

February 21, 2013

Keynote Speakers

Gina McCarthy,





Gov. Jack Markell,

Gov. Dan Malloy,


On Feb 21-22, 2013, the Georgetown Climate Center hosted a state-federal workshop, “Promoting Low-Carbon Solutions and a Resilient Future Together.”  The event was held at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., and brought together government officials and stakeholders to explore how state and federal government can work together to chart a new path forward in climate and energy policy, and to build resilience to the inevitable consequences of climate change. 

Speakers explored the wide variety of climate-related activities happening at the state and local levels, and opportunities for federal policy to support and strengthen these actions.  Sub-national policies to advance electric vehicle deployment were highlighted, along with multi-state efforts relating to the power sector, industrial facilities, and sustainable transportation.  Other speakers addressed state and local efforts to respond to recent storms and to increase resilience to extreme weather and other climate change impacts.

Videos from the event are available below.





February 21, 2013

8:30 am Registration (Breakfast Available)

9:30 am Welcome and Opening Remarks 
Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor and Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director of Georgetown Climate Center

10 am  Morning Panel: State and Regional Efforts to Advance Electric Vehicle Deployment
This panel will provide an overview of state and regional efforts to spur electric vehicle (EV) and deployment and promote deployment of other zero emissions vehicles. Panelists will discuss what it takes to make these initiatives successful, and explore next steps for EV efforts in their state or region.


  • Anthony Eggert, Executive Director, University of California Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy |  Presentation
  • Mike Robinson, Vice President, Sustainability and Global Regulatory Affairs, GM |  Presentation
  • Eric Heineman, Governor’s Sustainability Director, Office of Governor Pat Quinn (Illinois) | Presentation - Part 1      Presentation - Part 2
  • Christine Kirby, Director of the Division of Air and Climate Programs, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection  Presentation
  • Tonia Buell, Project Manager, West Coast Electric Highway, Washington State DOT |  Presentation
  • Moderated by: Kate Zyla, Director of Research and Policy Analysis, Georgetown Climate Center

11:30 am  The Path Forward on Clean Energy
Discussion between Kate Zyla, Director of Research and Policy Analysis at Georgetown Climate Center, and the following senior Congressional and Administration staff:

  • Michael Carr, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DOE
  • Kevin Rennert, Majority Professional Staff Member, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
  • Heidi King, Majority Chief Economist, House Energy and Commerce Committee

Watch online coverage from C-SPAN 2

12 pm Lunch
Conversation between Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center, and Eileen Claussen, President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, regarding the role of business and prospects for international progress.

1:30 pm  Afternoon Panel: Innovative Multi-State Efforts to Reduce Emissions and Energy Use
Panelists will discuss multi-state initiatives that seek to reduce emissions and energy use from a variety of sectors and how the federal government can support and build upon these efforts.


  • Collin O’Mara, Secretary, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control | Presentation
  • Wade Crowfoot, Deputy Director, Office of Planning and Research, Office of Gov. Jerry Brown (California)
  • Vickie Patton, General Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund 
  • David Doniger, Climate and Clean Air Policy Director, Natural Resources Defense Council | Presentation
  • Judi Greenwald, Vice President for Technology and Innovation, C2ES |  Presentation
  • Moderated by: Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center

3:30 pm Afternoon Keynote
Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. EPA

Watch online coverage from C-SPAN 2

4 pm  Federal Sustainability Efforts
Discussion with Jonathan Powers, Federal Environmental Executive, White House Council on Environmental Quality

5 pm  Exploring the State Energy Analysis Tool
Laurie Burt presenting Merck Family Fund's State Energy Analysis Tool

5:30-7 pm Reception


February 22, 2013

8 am  Breakfast/Registration

8:30 am  Morning Keynote
Governor Jack Markell, Delaware
Introduced by: Michael Northrop, Sustainable Development Program Director, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

9:30 am  Andrew Zolli, Author of Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back

10 am  Morning Panel: Lessons in Resilience
The number of severe storms continues to escalate, wreaking havoc on communities in their paths.  Some communities are facing droughts, others sea-level rise, others extreme heat and storms. Panelists will discuss the increase in extreme events and the respective roles of various levels of government and the private sector in adapting to climate change.


  • Deb Markowitz, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources |  Presentation Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
  • Nathan Bracken, Legal Counsel, Western States Water Council |  Presentation
  • Hope Schmeltzer, Chief Counsel, California Coastal Commission |  Presentation
  • Alice Hill, Senior Counselor, Department of Homeland Security  |  Presentation
  • Lindene Patton, Chief Climate Product Officer, Zurich Financial Services  Presentation
  • Moderated by Peter Byrne, Faculty Director, Georgetown Climate Center, Associate Dean, Georgetown Law |  Presentation

12 pm Lunch
Discussion with Susan Ruffo, Deputy Director for Climate Change Adaptation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality

1:30 pm  Closing Keynote
Governor Dannel Malloy, Connecticut
Introduced by: Stewart Hudson, President, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

2:30 pm  Final Remarks/Conference Adjourns