Climate Policy Hill Briefing on Agriculture and Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities


Agriculture and Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities
August 25, 2009  
The Pew Center on Global Climate Change held a briefing on the risks and opportunities facing the agriculture sector from climate change and climate change policy.  Agriculture is likely one of America’s most vulnerable sectors to climate change, and this briefing helped frame the central issues and options for agriculture’s role in climate legislation.  Topics discussed at the briefing included the role of agricultural offsets in energy/climate policy, potential for bioenergy, and the impacts that agriculture could face from a changing climate.

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Panelists and Presentations:

Janet Peace

Introduction By Janet Peace
Vice President of Markets & Business Strategy, Pew Center on Global Climate Change

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Greenhouse Gas Offsets Presentation By Janet Peace

Presentation Slides - Offsets

Jay G

Jay Gulledge
Senior Scientist, Pew Center on Global Climate Change

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Wiley Barbour
Vice President of Corporate Development, Camco North America

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John Sheehan

John Sheehan
Program Coordinator for Biofuels and Global Sustainability, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota

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Panelist Biographies:

Janet Peace is the Vice President of Markets and Business Strategy at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.  In this role she manages the Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC), the largest US-based association of companies devoted to climate-related policy and corporate strategies. The BELC includes 44 mainly Fortune 500 companies with combined revenues of over $2 trillion and over 4 million employees. In addition, she manages the Center's engagement in the Offset Quality Initiative, a multi-group effort to address a key climate policy element believed by the Center to be necessary for a credible and robust carbon market.  She is also deeply involved with the United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) in its effort promote a sensible and effective U.S. climate policy.

To the climate change topic, Dr. Peace brings 20 years and a wide spectrum of experience on environmental issues.  Prior to taking on the Director role at Pew, Dr. Peace was the Senior Economist with the Center, providing economic analysis of climate policy at the International, National, and State level.  Before coming to Pew, Dr. Peace was the Director of Offsets Development and Industry Relations with a Canadian non-profit group, Climate Change Central.  Here she worked on issues related to implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, including the assessment of cost effective, alternative policies that were politically feasible for industry and all levels of government.  Working with Canadian stakeholders, she was a founding Chair of the National Offsets Quantification Team – an intergovernmental /industry group currently developing standardized offset quantification protocols for use in the Canadian offset program.  In addition, she has taught environmental and natural resource economics at the University of Calgary, has worked as a resource specialist with the U.S. General Accounting Office and worked for a number of years as a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Dr. Peace holds an MS and PhD in Economics and an undergraduate degree in Geology.

Jay Gulledge is the Senior Scientist and Program Manager for Science and Impacts at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. Dr. Gulledge oversees the Pew Center’s efforts to assess the current state of scholarly knowledge about the science and environmental impacts of climate change and to communicate this knowledge to policy-makers and the public.

Dr. Gulledge is a Certified Senior Ecologist with more than 15 years experience teaching and conducting research in environmental science. Prior to joining the Pew Center he served on the faculties of Tulane University and the University of Louisville, where he developed courses in global environmental change and ecosystem ecology, among others. His academic research program is housed at the University of Wyoming, where he holds an adjunct faculty appointment. His research investigates how environmental change alters the natural exchange of greenhouse gases between soils and the atmosphere, and he actively publishes in the peer-reviewed literature on this and other global change topics. He also serves on the editorial board of Ecological Applications, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Ecological Society of America.

Dr. Gulledge earned a PhD (1996) in biological sciences from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and M.S. (1991) and B.S. (1988) degrees in biology from the University of Texas at Arlington. He was a Life Sciences Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University (1997-1999) and a postdoctoral research associate with the Bonanza Creek (Alaska) Long-term Ecological Research Program of the National Science Foundation (1996-1997).

Wiley Barbour is Vice President of Corporate Development at Camco North America, and is an expert in environmental markets having spent the last 20 years of his career providing technical and policy support to governments, corporations and nonprofit clients on issues related to air pollution, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, corporate climate change strategy and renewable energy policy. He is an internationally recognized expert in the development of GHG measurement and verification protocols, GHG accounting standards and the US carbon market.

Prior to joining Camco, Mr. Barbour served for 6 years as the Executive Director of Environmental Resources Trust (ERT), a national nonprofit environmental organization focused on harnessing the power of markets to protect the environment. At ERT, Mr Barbour provided advisory services, technical support and independent verification services to numerous corporate clients and supported transaction of millions of tons of verified emission reductions. After successfully leading ERT into a merger with Winrock International in 2007, Mr Barbour became the Innovation Program Officer for Climate at Winrock International where he founded the American Carbon Registry which continues to support early action to reduce GHG emissions.

From 1995 to 2001, Mr Barbour previously served in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Policy Office. At the EPA he directed the U.S. Government’s Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory Program and provided policy analysis in support of international negotiations on climate change. Mr Barbour contributed to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, chairing several expert groups while developing the IPCC Guidelines for National GHG Inventories and the IPCC Good Practice Guidance. In recognition for his contributions, Mr. Barbour was officially notified that he shares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with IPCC colleagues around the globe. Mr. Barbour has also worked for 6 years as a consultant and senior air pollution engineer at Radian Corporation and served with the State of Florida’s Department of Environmental Regulation as a landfill inspector.

Mr. Barbour is a licensed environmental engineer and lives in Northern Virginia inside the Washington DC beltway with his wife Lynda and their two boys.

John Sheehan has been the scientific coordinator for biofuels and its global sustainability at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment since February 2009. In August 2008, Sheehan established his own consulting business in the area of biofuels and sustainable development. In 2007, John Sheehan joined LiveFuels, Inc. as Vice President of Strategy and Sustainable Development, where he helped to forge a path to commercial production of biofuels from algae. From 1991 to 2007, he served as an analyst and project manager at the U.S. DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  At NREL, Sheehan has led research on the production and use of biodiesel and ethanol. From 1993 to 1998, he was the project manager for DOE’s Biodiesel from Algae Program Sheehan has authored groundbreaking life cycle assessment studies related to biodiesel and ethanol technology. Prior to NREL, John worked as a biochemical engineer at W.R. Grace and Company and Merck Pharmaceutical.  He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in biochemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and Lehigh University.