EPC-ESP Forum (Speaker Series)

The EPC-ESP Forum is the monthly lecture series of the Environmental Programs at JHU AAP. The Forum features policymakers, representatives of government agencies, leaders in the private sector and academics to discuss critical issues in the fields of energy and environmental science and policy.

Please contact Jenn da Rosa, Dr. Dan Zachary, or Dr. Jerry Burgess to receive notification of upcoming events.

Fall 2017 Events

  • Place: 1717 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
  • Room: 204
  • Time: 5pm
Date Guest Topic
Sep. 27, 2017 Dr. Christopher Clack
Founder and CEO of Vibrant Clean Energy, LLC
Ockham’s Revenge: The Energy Transition Is Complex

Oct. 19, 2017 Dr. John Cookson
Former Director of the Environmental Sustainability
Major at Notre Dame of Maryland University
Three of the Most Important Environmental Sustainability Issues Facing Our Planet and the Supporting Science
Nov. 13, 2017 Dr. Véronique Bugnion
Co-Founder and CEO of ClearlyEnergy
Optimizing Climate Adaptation

Spring 2017 Events

Date Guest(s) Topic
Feb. 27, 2017 Marcus Sarofim Climate Change and the Intersection of Law, Policy, and Science
Mar. 29, 2017 Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant
Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History
Conservation for the Community: Case studies of wildlife protection efforts from the Western US and East Africa

Fall 2016 Events

Fall 2016 Events

Date Guest(s) Topic
Nov. 16, 2016 Diego Herrera Garcia, PhD
Environmental Defense Fund
Protected Areas’ Deforestation Spillovers and Two Critical Underlying Mechanisms: An Empirical Exploration for the Brazilian Amazon
The creation of protected areas (PAs) has been the dominant policy in the efforts to protect forests. Yet there is still somewhat limited rigorous evidence about the impacts of PAs on rates of deforestation. Furthermore, most of the existing evidence concerns the impacts of protection within the boundaries of PAs. Yet even when impact within a PA has been estimated as rigorously as possible, because the total effect of protection involves impacts both inside and spillovers outside the PA, impact estimates could misstate total impacts. In this study we start with an examination of local deforestation spillovers from PAs. We follow this with an evaluation of two mechanisms through which PAs could affect forest nearby. In particular we explore two novel angles by considering both migration choices and road building decisions. Empirical evidence for the Brazilian Amazon shows that PA creation could shift private and public expectations to lower migration and road building where the PA is established, and reduce deforestation beyond PA boundaries.
Oct. 26, 2016 Diana Watts
Chair and Associate Professor,
Trinity Washington University, College of Arts and Sciences. Department of Business Administration
Hero or Villain: Is there a Case for Sustainable Business?
Business organizations viewed through the lens of “villain” must be held in check through regulation that constrains the operational activities of (global) value chains. This approach typically relies on mechanisms of standards, certification, audits and reporting. This presentation will address the question of “hero” or can businesses be sustainably managed within the context of ecosystem limits? Three aspects of emerging evidence will be considered: a) voluntary practices or meta-governance; b) the hybrid organization and c) B-Corps businesses. Each suggests possible alternative perspectives that may question the for-profit, neoclassical model. This discussion will provide more a “report from the field” for those interested in entrepreneurship as well as governance policies.

Spring 2016 Events

Date Guest(s) Topic
March 2, 2016 Leslie Paul Thiele, University of Florida Sustainability Conference
March 10, 2016 Amardeep Dhanju, Johns Hopkins University, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)/Avanti Offshore Energy Leasing and Development on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf _

April 14, 2016 Smita Chandra Thomas Building Energy Efficiency Professional
April 28, 2016 Whitney Colella, Energy Services, Arlington VA Hydrogen, Fuel Cell, and Electrochemical Technologies for Addressing Energy Challenges

Fall 2015 Events

Date Guest(s) Topic
(Pre-recorded) Dr. Liam Phelan, Johns Hopkins University Adaptation Is Not Enough: Insurers in a Climate Changing World (Video)
September 23, 2015 Trinto Mugangu, Ambassador to the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Advisor of the GEN-Africa, and President of GEN DR-Congo A Great Green Vision for the Congo (Event Flyer)
October 10 Dr. Austin Brown, Johns Hopkins University, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory The Climate Opportunities and Risks of Automated Vehicles (Event Flyer)
November 30, 2015 Craig Glazer PJM Interconnection, LLC Looking Backward to Look Forward: A Romp through Restructuring of the Electric Industry

2014-2015 ESP-EPC Faculty Speaker Series

Date Guest(s) Topic
10.10.14 Albert Manville The Impact on Birds, Bats and their Habitats from Commercial Wind and Solar Energy: Unintended Consequences
11.14.14 Thomas Peterson The Future of International Climate Change Policy: What We’ve Learned, and What to Expect
12.11.14 Eugene Stakhiv Hydrodiplomacy: a Tale of Three Rivers
3.27.15 Christa Hasenkopf Hazy Skies Around the World: The State of Air Pollution Issues, Impacts, and Mitigation Across the Globe
5.1.15 Helen Serassio Adapting Transportation Infrastructure to a Changing Climate

Other Past Events

Date Guest(s) Topic (Download Event Flyer)
10.17.2013 Lee Lane, Hudson Inst; Michael MacCracken, Climate Inst; Simon Nicholson, American Univ. Into the Great Wide Open?: Roundtable on Climate Change Geoengineering
8.7.2013 Jane Ebinger & Kanta Rigaud, Climate Policy Team, World Bank Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes & The Case for Resilience
5.23.2013 Thomas Peterson, CEO, Center for Climate Strategies Options for Economic, Energy, and Climate Security in the US (Presentation PDF)
4.29.2013 Amardeep Dhanju, U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management U.S. Offshore Energy Regulatory Framework
4.23.2013 Matthias Duwe, Ecologic Institute (Video) How to Transform Europe into a Low-Carbon Economy by 2050
4.22.2013 Lee Lane, Hudson Institute Institutional Choices for Regulating Oil & Gas Wells
3.15.2013 Donald Brown, Widener University School of Law The Role of Equity & Justice in Increasing National GHG Emissions Reduction Commitments under the UNFCCC
2.27.2013 David M. Driesen, Syracuse University School of Law Law’s Economic Dynamics & Climate Disruption
1.29.2013 Andrew Eil, U.S. Department of State A Second Front in the Climate War: Short-Lived Climate Pollutants and the New Climate & Clean Air Coalition