Innovative Approaches to Climate Change: A State and Regional Workshop

October 10 and 11, 2006
Westin Embassy Row Hotel
2100 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC, 20008

On October 10 and 11, 2006, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, in collaboration with the Pew Center on the States, hosted a workshop focused on state and regional action in response to climate change. The event brought together state officials to share their experience developing and implementing climate policies.


October 10, 2006

Lunch Keynote Speaker

  • Eileen Claussen, President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change

Panel #1: Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

  • Gina McCarthy, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (pdf)
  • Jeanne Fox, President, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (pdf)

Panel #2: Energy and Climate Change in the West

  • Steve Ellenbecker, Energy Advisor, Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal (pdf)
  • Steve Owens, Director, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (pdf)
  • Terry Tamminen, Author and Former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency

Dinner Keynote Speaker

  • Doug Foy, Policy Advisor, Pew Center on the States

October 11, 2006

Breakfast Keynote Speaker

  • Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer

Panel #3: Midwest: Power and Transportation

  • Betsy Engelking, Powering the Plains and Xcel Energy (pdf)
  • Bill Blum, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (pdf)
  • Doug Scott, Director, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Panel #4: U.S. Congressional and State Legislative Action

  • Adrienne Alvord, Principal Consultant, Office of California State Assemblymember Fran Pavley
  • Brooke Bennett, Staff to U.S. Representative Tom Davis, Virginia
  • George Givens, Principal Legislative Analyst/Attorney, North Carolina General Assembly (pdf)
  • Bob Simon, Staff Director, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (pdf)

Lunch Keynote Speaker

  • Steve Kline, Vice President for Corporate Environmental and Federal Affairs, PG&E Corporation (pdf)

Panel #5: Thinking about Linking State and Regional Efforts

  • Dian Grueneich, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission (pdf)
  • Franz Litz, Climate Change Policy Coordinator, New York State Department of Environmental Protection (pdf)
  • Phyllis Reha, Commissioner, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (pdf)