NY’s Path to a Carbon Free Future

September 21, 2020  
Webinar
Webinar
Monday
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Sponsored By Carbon Free NY
Event Description

In honor of Zero Emissions Day (September 21, 2020), Carbon Free NY––a diverse network of environmental groups, energy providers, labor unions and clean energy advocates––will be co-hosting a virtual town hall event with one of New York's leading political news publications, City & State NY, to facilitate an important discussion on how carbon pricing can help New York achieve its clean energy and public health policy goals and be the nation’s clean energy leader through the decarbonization of our electricity sector. With prominent environmental advocates, academics, energy experts and labor leaders participating as featured speakers, the interactive forum will give thousands of New Yorkers the opportunity to hear from experts and participate in a robust debate, with a Q&A session, about how carbon pricing can help New York more quickly and efficiently meet the ambitious clean energy goals it set forth in the Climate Leadership Community Protection Act (CLCPA).

Learn more about the CFNY's mission and principles here: https://www.carbonfreeny.com/shared_principles

Speakers
Julie Tighe
President, New York League of Conservation Voters
Julie Tighe was named President of NYLCV and NYLCVEF in 2018. As President, she oversees the organizations’ policy, political, development, programmatic, and communications teams. Due in part to the League’s and her advocacy, the State enacted the Climate Leadership & Community Protection Act – the nation’s most progressive climate law, congestion pricing, the $3 Billion Restore Mother Nature Bond Act, the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth & Community Benefit Act, and several other pieces of legislation to reduce emissions from the transportation and buildings sectors. She also helped secure increased State funding for water infrastructure and New York City funding for parks and open spaces. Previously, she served for more than eleven years at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation in various roles, having been elevated to Chief of Staff following her role as Assistant Commissioner of Intergovernmental and Legislative Affairs. As DEC’s Chief of Staff, she was instrumental in advancing the agency’s legislative priorities including reform of the State’s Brownfield Cleanup Program and a ten-year, $1 billion Superfund authorization. Ms. Tighe was a primary negotiator for the landmark $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act, the incorporation of the Climate Change program into New York’s historic $300 million Environmental Protection Fund, three successful Constitutional Amendments, and the most comprehensive electronics recycling law in the country. She oversaw DEC’s policy development, helped run the nearly 3,000 employee agency, and served as a key member of the organization’s leadership team.
Susan Tierney
Senior Advisor, Analysis Group
Sue Tierney, a Senior Advisor at Analysis Group, is an expert on energy economics, regulation, and policy, particularly in the electric and gas industries. She works with a diverse set of clients including state governments, environmental groups, grid operators, energy companies, energy consumers, foundations, tribes, and others. Before becoming a consultant, she served as the Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy, and in Massachusetts served as Secretary of Environmental Affairs, Commissioner at the Department of Public Utilities, and Executive Director of the Energy Facilities Siting Council. She chairs the Board of ClimateWorks Foundation and of Resources for the Future, is a trustee of the Barr Foundation, and serves as a director of World Resources Institute and the Energy Foundation. She chairs the External Advisory Council of the National Renewable Energy Lab, and is a member of the advisory councils of New York University’s Policy Integrity Institute, Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO). She is a member of the National Academies of Sciences’ Committees: on Accelerating Decarbonization in the U.S.; and Modernizing the U.S. Electric Grid. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in regional planning at Cornell University.
Michael B. Gerrard
Andrew Sabin Prof of Professional Practice, Dir., Sabin Ctr for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
Michael Gerrard is Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School, where he teaches courses on environmental and energy law and founded and directs the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. He was also Chair of the Faculty of Columbia’s Earth Institute from 2015 to 2018. Before joining the Columbia faculty in January 2009, he was partner in charge of the New York office of the Arnold & Porter law firm; he is now Senior Counsel to the firm. He practiced environmental law in New York City full time from 1979 to 2008. He was the 2004-2005 chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. He has also chaired the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Since 1986, Gerrard has written an environmental law column for the New York Law Journal. He is author or editor of thirteen books, two of which were named Best Law Book of the Year by the Association of American Publishers: Environmental Law Practice Guide (twelve volumes, 1992) and Brownfields Law and Practice (four volumes, 1998). Among his other books are Global Climate Change and U.S. Law (with Jody Freeman) (2d ed. 2014); Law of Clean Energy (2011); The Law of Adaptation to Climate Change (with Katrina F. Kuh) (2012); Climate Engineering and the Law: Regulation and Liability for Solar Radiation Management and Carbon Dioxide Removal (with Tracy Hester) (2018); and Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States (with John Dernbach) (2019).
Kevin Parker
NY State Senator & Chairman, Energy & Telecommunications Committee
State Senator Kevin S. Parker is a prominent New York State Legislator who is distinguished as a savvy strategist, brilliant intellectual and an elder statesman. His political prowess evident from the moment he was seated in the New York State Senate in 2002 resulted in a meteoric rise through the ranks. At present he is the 5th Ranking Democratic in Senate leadership. Engendering the trust and respect of his colleagues, Senator Parker was appointed Majority Whip and serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy & Telecommunications with the added distinction of being its longest serving member. A fierce champion of economic development, education, energy, domestic violence issues and human and civil rights, Senator Parker represents the intrinsically diverse 21st Senate District in Brooklyn. He is a leading voice nationwide on energy matters and the creator and primary sponsor of Intersolar Summit Northeast, the largest solar energy conference on the East Coast which gathers experts in the field to discuss real solutions to bringing about a solar energy future. With a strong background in the financial services arena, Senator Parker gained invaluable experience in the world of finance at UBS PaineWebber where he worked in government affairs of the Chairman’s office and focused on broad issues of importance to the financial service industry. As Project Manager with the New York State Urban Development Corporation, he financed women and minority-owned businesses and promoted community business redevelopment. As the Special Assistant to former New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall, Senator Parker managed intergovernmental relations in New York City, and was the liaison between the Comptroller; city, state, and federal elected officials. Also an experienced educator, Senator Parker has been a professor of both African-American Studies and Political Science at several CUNY and SUNY colleges. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Service from Penn State and holds a Master of Science Degree from the New School for Social Research in Urban Policy and Management. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Political Science at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He is a proud member of the Alpha Chapter of the Pi Eta Honor Society and is oft quoted as saying: Bring good into the world and let no good be lost.”
Karen Palmer
Senior Fellow & Director of the Future of Power Initiative, Resources for the Future
Karen Palmer is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Future of Power Initiative at Resources for the Future. Dr. Palmer specializes in the economics of environmental regulation and public utility regulation, particularly on issues at the intersection of climate policy and the electricity sector. Her work seeks to improve the design of incentive-based environmental and technology regulations and to inform electricity market reforms that collectively will shape the ongoing transformation of the electricity sector. In the 1990s, Dr. Palmer spent six months as a visiting economist in the Office of Economic Policy at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission where she worked on wholesale market design in the nascent ISO markets. She is President-Elect of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. She serves on the Environmental Advisory Council to the New York ISO and the National Academies Panel on the Future of the Electricity Grid. She is the recipient of the Public Utility Research Center’s 2015 Distinguished Service Award and was elected as a Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in 2018.
Jenn Schneider
Political and Legislative Coordinator International Representative IBEW, Third District
In September 2019 Jennifer (Jenn) Schneider was appointed as an International Representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Third District, where she coordinates the Political and Legislative affairs for New York State. Ms. Schneider currently serves as a Vice President of the New York State AFL-CIO, and as Chair of the Board of Directors of the New York State Workforce Development Institute. She is the co-chair of the Third District Youth Caucus and has been a founding member since 2012 when the caucus was formed. Recognizing the importance of activism in the IBEW, she firmly believes that participation is paramount in preserving the legacy of the IBEW and Labor. Before being appointed as an International Representative, Ms. Schneider was the Office Manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 1249, where she quickly learned she had a passion for the Labor Movement. Ms. Schneider is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Columbia College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
John C. Liu
New York State Senator
John C. Liu is a New York State Senator representing a broad area of northeast Queens. He is chairperson of the Senate’s committee on New York City Education and also serves on the committees of Finance, Education, Transportation, Alcoholism and Substance Abuse and Rules. John was Comptroller of the City of New York (2010-2013) and a New York City Councilmember (2002-2009). In 2013, John was a candidate for Mayor of New York City, in lieu of running for re-election as Comptroller. Currently, John teaches municipal finance and public policy in Masters programs at the City University of New York (CUNY) and Columbia University.
Agenda
5:00pm

Opening Remarks By New York State Senator John C. Liu, Chair, Committee on NYC Education

5:05pm

Roundtable Discussion 

In honor of Zero Emissions Day (September 21, 2020), Carbon Free NY––a diverse network of environmental groups, energy providers, labor unions and clean energy advocates––will be co-hosting a virtual town hall event with one of New York's leading political news publications, City & State NY, to facilitate an important discussion on how carbon pricing can help New York achieve its clean energy and public health policy goals and be the nation’s clean energy leader through the decarbonization of our electricity sector. With prominent environmental advocates, academics, energy experts and labor leaders participating as featured speakers, the interactive forum will give thousands of New Yorkers the opportunity to hear from experts and participate in a robust debate, with a Q&A session, about how carbon pricing can help New York more quickly and efficiently meet the ambitious clean energy goals it set forth in the Climate Leadership Community Protection Act (CLCPA).

Panelists:

Julie Tighe, President, New York League of Conservation Voters

Susan Tierney, Senior Advisor, Analysis Group

Michael B. Gerrard, Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Karen Palmer, Senior Fellow & Director of the Future of Power Initiative, Resources for the Future

Jenn Schneider, Political & Legislative Coordinator & International Representative, IBEW, Third District 

New York State Senator Kevin Parker

5:55pm

Closing Remarks

6:00pm

Sessions Conclude

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