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For climate change, this is time of urgency, big ideas, and hope. 2015 will be a year of decisions – particularly at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris. We invite you to attend the 15th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: Energy and Climate Change.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Governor Bill Richardson, former Secretary of Energy and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Gina McCarthy, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Governor Jennifer Granholm, Distinguished Practitioner of Law and Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley; Former Governor of Michigan
  • Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States
  • John Holdren, Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House
  • Franklin Orr, Under Secretary of Science and Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Plenary Speakers 

Plenary 1: The Big Challenges 
Moderator: Richard Harris, Correspondent, Science Desk, National Public Radio
Moderator: Chris Joyce, Correspondent, Science Desk, National Public Radio
  • Dan Arvizu, Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
  • Ellen Williams, Director,Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARAP-E)
  • Julio Friedmann, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal, Department of Energy
  • Cheryl Roberto, Associate Vice President for Clean Energy, Environmental Defense Fund
Moderator: Elizabeth Shogren, Science Correspondent, National Public Radio 
  • Nihar Patel, Vice President of North American Business Strategy, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.
  • Robert Pratt, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Greener U 
  • Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy 
  • Richard Caperton, Director of National Policy & Partnerships, OPower
Plenary 4: Finance and Markets
Moderator: H. Jeffrey Leonard, CEO and Founding Partner, Global Environment Fund (GEF)
  • Theodore Roosevelt IV, Chairman, Barclay's Clean Tech Initiative
  • Naoko Ishii, CEO & Chairperson, Global Environmental Facility 
  • Adele Morris, Policy Director, Climate and Energy Economics Project, The Brookings Institution
  • Karl Rábago, Executive Director, Pace University Law School's Energy and Climate Center
Plenary 5: Sustainable Energy for All
Moderator: Juliet Eilperin, White House Correspondent, Washington Post
  • Jacob Scherr, Senior Advisor, International Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Iqbal Qadir, Professor of the Practice of Development and Entrepreneurship, Founder and Director Emeritus, Legatum Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Richenda Van Leeuwen, Executive Director, Energy and Climate, Energy Access Initiative United Nations Foundation
Plenary 6: The Road to Paris
Moderator: Suzanne Goldenberg, U.S. Environmental Correspondent, The Guardian
  • Robert Orr, Dean, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland and Special Advisor, Secretary-General on Climate Change, United Nations
  • Nigel Purvis, CEO, Climate Advisers
  • Mindy S. Lubber, President, Ceres 

 Symposia & Workshop Speakers

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