Posted by: Patricia Salkin | December 7, 2009

Implementing Climate Change Policy: Looking Forward to the Hard Part

Here is information about an upcoming conference of interest:

Implementing Climate Change Policy:  Looking Forward to the Hard Part

February 5-6, 2010
Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC

Co-Sponsors:  Columbia Law School, University of Virginia Law School, Vanderbilt University Law School, and the Environmental Law Institute

Friday, February 5, 2010

8:00 – 8:30 am  Registration

8:30 – 10:15 am  Setting the Stage
Defining the challenge (Michael Gerrard, Columbia Law School) 
Promises and challenges of cap-and-trade (Jonathan Wiener, Duke Law School)

10:15 – 10:30 am  Break

10:30 am – 12:30 pm  The Rulemaking Challenge
Rulemakings, resources and delays (Gina McCarthy, U.S. EPA)
Consulting the past (E. Donald Elliott, Willkie, Farr & Gallagher)
A view from the Hill (Lorie Schmidt, House Commerce Committee Staff)

12:30 – 2:00 pm  Lunch

2:00 – 3:15 pm  State and Local Roles
Integrating states (John Dernbach, Widener Law School)
Integrating localities (Patricia Salkin, Albany Law School)

3:15 – 4:30 pm  Affecting Individual and Corporate Behavior

Individual/household strategies (Michael Vandenbergh, Vanderbilt University Law School)

 Corporations (Daniel Esty, Yale Law School) 

4:30 – 4:45 pm  Break

4:45 – 5:45 pm  Equity:  Accounting for Differential Impacts and Emissions
Economic Impacts (Chad Stone, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities)

 Emissions Reductions (Sheila Foster, Fordham Law School)

6:00 – 7:30  Reception

 Saturday, February 6, 2010

8:30 – 10:15 am  Markets and Offsets: Making the Core Machinery Work

Cap and trade (Dirk Forrister, Natsource

Offsets (Michael Wara, Stanford Law School)
Agriculture/Forestry (Christopher Carr, Vinson & Elkins)


10:15 am – 11:05 am  Sectors: Managing the Transition

Fossil fuel and renewables (Suedeen Kelly, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission)
Manufacturing and Transportation (Roger Martella, Sidley)
Building Sector (Edward Mazria, Architecture 2030)

11:05 – 11:20 am  Break

11:20 am – 12:35 pm  Connecting Internationally
Encouraging wider participation among nations (Jennifer Haverkamp, Environmental Defense Fund)
Integrating the U.S. cap-and-trade system with the international system (Kyle Danish, VanNess Feldman)
Challenges for international trade (Steve Charnovitz, George Washington University Law School)

12:35 – 1:00 pm  Finale
Putting Climate Change Policy in Context (Jonathan Cannon, University of Virginia School of Law)

There is a $25 registration fee for this course, which includes lunch on Friday. Please note that reservations and payments should be received by January 29 and that payments are nonrefundable (unless the event is cancelled or postponed). To register, please visit

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