Events - 25 Jun 19

COG 2019 Climate and Energy Leadership Awards

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) recently launched its 2019 Climate and Energy Leadership Awards! These awards recognize organizations in our region that are undertaking innovative climate stewardship projects. Here are three ways that you can get involved:

  • Apply for an award;
  • Nominate a school or NGO in your community; and
  • Help get the word out by sharing this information with your colleagues and friends!

Please visit our website for more information.

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Energy in America – Economic & Social Opportunity in the United States

Join us for a closer look at what is working—and what isn’t—in U.S. energy policy as the relationship between energy and the U.S. economy evolves.

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Energy in America: Economic and Social Opportunity

The CSIS Energy & National Security Program is pleased to launch two reports as part of its Energy in America series:

·         The Changing Role of Energy in the U.S. Economy; and

·         Energy as a Source of Economic and Social Mobility 

Featuring a discussion with contributing experts Joseph Aldy (Harvard University), Mary Alice McCarthy (New America), and David Hart (ITIF).

Over the last decade, the energy landscape in the United States has shifted in some consequential ways.  Going forward, the energy sector changes and energy policy developments are likely to play an important role in the economic and societal well-being of many regions around the country.

The Changing Role of Energy in the U.S. Economy provides insights into the role of energy in the U.S. economy at the national, regional, and local levels; the economic consequences of multiple energy pathways; the distributional impacts of various energy policies; and the anticipated economic consequences of technological change in the energy sector.

Energy as a Source of Economic and Social Mobility examines how energy creates economic and social opportunity through jobs, innovation, and improved living standards.  Increasingly, it is no longer enough to demonstrate energy policy’s net economic benefits—policies are often expected to account for preexisting inequities, consider distributive consequences, and create economic opportunity.  This study evaluates policies and strategies designed to harness various kinds of energy development as sources of U.S. economic growth and social mobility.

Join us for a closer look at what is working—and what isn’t—in U.S. energy policy as the relationship between energy and the U.S. economy evolves.

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Everything Under the Sun – Developments in District Solar

Please join the Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs for an exciting conversation on a broad array of solar topics.

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The Status of Carbon Capture – Where Are We Now?

The briefings will provide an introduction to carbon capture, use, and storage, and how this suite of technologies can deliver steep emissions reductions alongside other clean and renewable sources of energy in the transition to a zero-carbon economy, while supporting clean energy production and creating high-wage energy, industrial, and manufacturing jobs.

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Equinor Energy Perspectives 2019

The CSIS Energy and National Security Program is pleased to host Eirik Wærness (Equinor) to present Equinor’s Energy Perspectives 2019. The discussion will be moderated by Nikos Tsafos (CSIS).

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House Oversight Committee Hearing on Natural Disasters & Climate

The Subcommittee will examine federal, state, and local preparations for the 2019 hurricane and wildfire season and assess the status of recoveries from the Southern California wildfires of 2017-2018 and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in Houston, Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on Technological Innovations in Transportation

The hearing will examine the adoption of technology by transportation stakeholders and the effects of technology on the surface transportation network.

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Briefing: Nature-based Resilience for Gulf Coast Communities

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing on initiatives and partnerships that are helping protect Gulf Coast shorelines and communities from extreme weather events and other coastal hazards. The briefing will showcase nature-based solutions that support coastal resilience, such as wetlands restoration and other “natural infrastructure,” as well as the “greening” of highways and other traditional “gray” infrastructure. This approach leverages the sustainable management and/or restoration of natural or modified ecosystems to protect people, communities, roadways, buildings, industries, and habitats.

Government agencies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of the Interior, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Department of Transportation, are piloting and implementing nature-based infrastructure projects in the Gulf Coast and around the country. Such projects can be more cost effective and durable against extreme weather events than gray infrastructure, while providing additional health, environmental and economic benefits. The panelists will describe how national, regional, state and local governments and organizations are collaborating to integrate nature-based solutions into policy and practice. Speakers for the briefing are:
 Rep. Charles J. Crist (D-FL), opening remarks
 Samantha Brooke, Coastal & Marine Team Lead, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
 Rhonda Price, Deputy Director, Office of Coastal Restoration and Resilience, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources; Mississippi Coastal Resilience Chair, Gulf of Mexico Alliance [Invited]
 Derek Brockbank, Executive Director, American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA)

The Gulf Coast states face a diverse set of coastal challenges, including sea level rise, land subsidence, coastal erosion, flooding, more intense hurricanes, and warmer ocean waters, which adversely impact fisheries. As a result, the Gulf Coast region has served as an incubator for nature-based infrastructure projects that provide both models and “lessons learned” for coastal resilience efforts in other regions of the country. The briefing will provide specific project examples, such as using dredged material from ports to rebuild wetlands along Louisiana’s coast and restoring a marsh in Salt Bayou, Texas, to protect both homes and industry from storm surges.

Panelists will address how Congressional appropriations and potential infrastructure legislation can integrate nature-based solutions to support the long-term sustainability of the country’s coastal infrastructure.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Amber Todoroff at or (202) 662-1892.
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Climate Justice in Montgomery County with Brandy Brooks

In the historic African-American neighborhood of Ken-Gar, 350MoCo will dig deep into climate justice in our communities with Brandy Brooks.

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