State and Federal Climate and Energy Policy: Where do we go from here?

On February 24 and 25, 2011, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and the Georgetown Climate Center hosted a workshop on how state and federal governments can work together to chart a new path forward in climate and energy policy. A series of panels and keynote speakers addressed a wide range of issues, including the outlook for federal regulatory and legislative action, and updates on state and regional climate initiatives, state and federal adaptation efforts, and opportunities in the emerging clean energy economy.

Full-length videos of the speakers and presentations are currently available here.

Click here to watch panel highlights from our State-Federal Workshop

The following materials were made available during the workshop:

Speaker and panelist presentations can be viewed by clicking on the presenter's name below.


Thursday, February 24

Welcome: Dean William Treanor, Georgetown Law

Opening Address: Eileen Claussen, President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change


Panel 1: State of Play at EPA and the States

Moderator: Kate Zyla, Director of Research and Policy Analysis, Georgetown Climate Center


  • Jared Snyder, Assistant Commissioner, Air Resources, Climate Change and Energy, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Doug Scott, Director, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
  • Janet McCabe, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation
  • Janice Adair, Special Assistant to the Director, Washington Department of Ecology

Panel 2: Federal Outlook

Moderator: Manik Roy, Vice President of Federal Government Outreach, Pew Center on Global Climate Change


  • Maryam Brown,Chief Counsel, Republican Staff to the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power
  • McKie Campbell, Republican Staff Director, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
  • Bob Simon, Democratic Staff Director, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
  • Alexandra Teitz, Senior Environmental Counsel, Democratic Staff to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce


Keynote Speaker: Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 Watch Bob Perciasepe's full speech on E&E TV  


Panel 3: Opportunities in the Emerging Clean Energy Economy 

Moderator:  Rep. Jules Bailey, OR


  • Mark Doms, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Cathy Tripodi, Director, Energy, Indiana Economic Development Corporation
  • David Littell, Commissioner, Maine Public Utilities Commission

Panel 4: Adaptation 

Moderator:  Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center


  • Jessica Grannis, Adaptation Attorney, Harrison Institute, Georgetown Law
  • Zoë Johnson, Program Manager, Climate Change Policy, Office for a Sustainable Future, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Cathleen Kelly, Deputy Associate Director for Climate Change Adaptation, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Missy Stults, Adaptation Manager, ICLEI


Keynote Speaker: Peter Shumlin, Governor, State of Vermont


Friday, February 25

Keynote Speaker: Roy Kienitz, Under Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation


Panel 5: Transportation and Land Use

Moderator: Professor Peter Byrne, Georgetown Law


  • James S. Simpson, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Transportation
  • Teri Newell, Director, Mountain View Corridor Project, Utah Department of Transportation
  • Garth Hopkins, Chief, Office of Regional and Interagency Planning, Division of Transportation Planning, California Department of Transportation
  • Steven Plotkin, Transportation Energy and Environmental Systems Analyst, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory


Keynote Conversation:

David Crane, President and CEO, NRG Energy, Inc.
Eileen Claussen, President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change


Panel 6: Electricity: Transmission and Electric Vehicles

Moderator: Judi Greenwald, Vice President of Innovative Solutions, Pew Center on Global Climate Change


  • John Norris, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Jason Bordoff, Associate Director for Climate Change, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • James Ellis, Senior Manager for Transportation and Infrastructure, Tennessee Valley Authority
  • David Boyd, Chair, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission


Keynote speaker: Robert Inglis, Former U.S. Representative (R-SC)


Closing: Judi Greenwald, Vice President of Innovative Solutions, Pew Center on Global Climate Change