February 21, 2013
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.
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.
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:
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.
3:30 pm Afternoon Keynote
Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. EPA
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
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.
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