News | February 19, 2008

A&WMA Symposium To Dissect Climate Change Policy Options In The U.S.

Pittsburgh, PA - The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) will offer a review, update, and discussion of potential avenues for United States policy on climate change. "The Climate Change Policy Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together" symposium is scheduled for April 2 - 3, 2008 in Arlington, VA.

"While climate change continues to be a major topic of discussion in the United States, a variety of factors have kept specific federal policy from being enacted," said Adrianne Carolla, Executive Director of A&WMA. "This symposium is an opportunity to catch up on what has been proposed to date, to learn about what has been established in other parts of the world, and to look ahead to what could influence regulation with some of the key players in the global conversation."

Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), whose leadership is creating a foundation for climate change policy in the United States, will present the symposium's opening address on Wednesday morning, April 2. Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. (R-UT) will lead discussion over lunch on Wednesday, April 2.

"The Climate Change Policy Puzzle" symposium offers eight panel discussions with high-level speakers from state and federal government, industry, and various global stakeholder groups. Panel topics include:

  • Climate policy perspectives
  • Federal policy design
  • Integrating climate policy with existing regulatory programs
  • Regional and state policy issues
  • International policy models
  • Meeting future energy needs at a lower carbon-footprint
  • The role of economics and policy in greenhouse gas reduction
  • Future issues related to climate change

Speakers and discussants for "The Climate Policy Puzzle" include:

  • from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Rob Brenner, Director, Office of Policy Analysis and Review; Steven Page, Director, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards; Margo Oge, Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality; Brian McLean, Director, Office of Atmospheric Programs; and Jayne Somers, Program Manager, Climate Change Division;
  • from the U.S. Department of Energy, Katherine Fredriksen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary; Carl Bauer, Director, National Energy Technology Laboratory;
  • from state and regional organizations, Steve Brown, Executive Director, Environmental Council of the States; Bill Becker, Executive Director, National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA); Art Williams, Director, Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District; Peter Iwanowicz, Director, Climate Change Program, NY, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative; Ron Burke, Deputy Director, Illinois EPA, Midwest Partnership; and Rick Sprott, Executive Director, Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Western Climate Initiative;
  • from the international community, Jonathan Pershing, Director, Climate, Energy, and Pollution Program, World Resources Institute; Jill Duggan, Head of International Emissions Trading Climate and Energy, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom; Joanna Lewis, Senior International Fellow, Pew Center of Global Climate Change; and Cornie Huizenga, Executive Director, Clean Air Institute, Asia Center;
  • from stakeholder groups, Mark MacLeod, Environmental Defense, Director, Special Projects, Climate and Air Program; Ned Helm, President, Center for Clean Air Policy; James D. Boyd, Vice Chair, California Energy Commission (invited); Marty Spitzer, Senior Fellow, Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, and The Center for Clean Air Policy; Tim Profeta, Executive Director, Nicolas Institute for Environmental Solutions, Duke University; David Hawkins, Director, Climate Center, Natural Resources Defense Council;
  • from industry, C.V. Mathai, Manager for Environmental Policy, Arizona Public Service; Red Cavaney, President, American Petroleum Institute; Jean Sweeney, Vice President, Environmental, Health, and Safety Operations, 3M; Mary Anne Sullivan, Partner, Hogan & Hartson; Quinlan Shea, Executive Director, Environment, Edison Electric Institute; Skiles Boyd, Vice President, Environment, DTE Energy; Eugene Trisco, Counsel, United Mine Workers of America; Bryan Hannegan, Vice President, Environment, Electric Power Research Institute; Bill Palermo, Principal, RTP Environmental Associates, Inc.; Russell Jones, Senior Economic Advisor, American Petroleum Institute; Judson Jaffe, Vice President, Analysis Group, Inc.; John Seitz, Partner, ES&P LLC; John Muffat, Manager of Regulatory Affairs, 3M; and Miriam Lev-On, Executive Director, The LEVON Group, LLC.

The symposium will be held at the Marriott Crystal City Gateway in Arlington, VA. For information on accommodations and to register for "The Climate Change Policy Puzzle," visit

SOURCE: Air & Waste Management Association