September 15, 2016

1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The National Press Club Lisagor Room - 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC

The outcome of this November’s U.S. presidential election is uncertain, but one thing is not – global climate change will require action on multiple fronts. This policy forum featured recommendations by prominent government, private and academic experts on steps that the incoming Administration should consider taking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the United States' pivot to a clean energy economy.

The forum featured a series of panels in which speakers summarized recommendations included in papers released on September 15.

12:30 p.m. Registration Opens
1:30 p.m. Welcome remarks by David J. Hayes, Consulting Professor, Stanford Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School
1:45 p.m. Panel Discussions

Adaptation, Carbon Sequestration, and Public Health

Chris Field, Stanford University's Perry L. McCarty Director of the Stanford Woods Institute and Professor, School of Humanities & Sciences and School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; former co-chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

David J. Hayes, Consulting Professor, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Law; former Deputy Secretary, Department of the Interior

Katherine States Burke, Deputy Director, Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford University School of Medicine

Clean Energy R&D and Financing

Arun Majumdar, Co-Director, Precourt Institute for Energy and Jay Precourt Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University; former Acting Undersecretary for Science and Energy and former Director, ARPA-E, at the U.S. Department of Energy

Nancy Pfund, Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Partners

Dan Reicher, Executive Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University; former Assistant Secretary of Energy; former Director, Climate Change and Energy Initiatives, Google

Regulatory, Risk and Market-Based Approaches

Jim Connaughton, President and CEO, Nautilus Data Technologies; former Chairman, White House Council on Environmental Quality

Kate Gordon, Vice Chair for Climate and Sustainable Urbanization, Paulson Institute; former VP for Energy Policy, Center for American Progress

Rob Jackson, Michelle and Kevin Douglas Provostial Professor, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute and Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University

Reforming and Modernizing the Electricity Sector

Reed Hundt, Former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission; CEO, Coalition for Green Capital

Michael Wara, Associate Professor, Stanford Law School and Faculty Fellow, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance

Michael Gergen, Partner, Latham & Watkins; Adjunct Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

5:30 p.m. Adjourn

This policy forum was held as part of the Climate Implementation Project Conference Series sponsored by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and Stanford Law School, in partnership with Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy, School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, and the Center for Innovation in Global Health. Workshops and other events in the series are being organized by David J. Hayes in his capacity as a 2015-16 Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Stanford Law School and a Consulting Professor with the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. 

Presentations, summaries and videos from the May 2016 conference are available.