Through a series of workshops and conferences, an interdisciplinary and cross-sector group of experts have identified policy tools that the next President might employ to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the United States’ pivot to a clean energy economy. Participants in the talks have also examined how the new President might structure the White House, the Cabinet and the new government’s relationships with state and local officials, the business community and other stakeholders, to effectively implement complex climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives that cut across jurisdictional lines. Events held at Stanford and in Washington, D.C., from November 2015 through September 2016 have generated a diverse collection of perspectives pertinent to the challenging task of identifying potential climate change priorities for our next President.

What’s New | CIP September 2016 Policy Forum at the National Press Club

Participants in the November 2015 workshop shared their best ideas on executive actions in the energy, housing, transportation, land use and other sectors that might help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and respond to climate impacts. Conferees considered a range of regulatory, disclosure and information-based tools, as well as partnership opportunities with state, local, tribal, business and NGO leaders.

Recognizing that there is no more important time than at the start of a new Administration to clearly lay out roles and responsibilities, participants in the January workshop focused on how to effectively balance policy and implementation functions that cut across the full breadth of the government, implicating multiple White House offices and cabinet-level Departments.

On May 6, 2016, Stanford hosted a conference "Setting the Climate Agenda for the Next U.S. President" that addressed both the substantive and governance aspects of the Climate Change Implementation Project. Conference organizer and workshop series lead David J. Hayes prepared a discussion paper for the conference, titled: Optimizing White House and Cabinet Agencies’ Roles in Implementing Federal Climate Change Initiatives.

In September 2016, Hayes organized a culminating policy forum at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., where a series of papers reflecting the project’s combined recommendations to the next Administration were released and paper authors gathered to discuss their recommendations and the road ahead.

Sponsors: Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford Law School, the Precourt Institute for Energy, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Stanford Medicine’s Center for Innovation in Global Health and The Hewlett Foundation.