Coastal Resilience in the Southeast: Science, Policies, and Programs Furthering Local Resilience Goals
The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing on initiatives that are helping protect Southeast ecosystems and communities from erosion, storms, and other coastal hazards. The briefing will showcase nature-based solutions that can protect human lives and property from extreme weather and flooding while creating habitat for wildlife and supporting various coastal industries. These techniques can also be paired with traditional “gray” infrastructure to meet a greater variety of planning needs.
The panelists will describe the collaborative process between federal, state, and local stakeholders in collecting, sharing, and acting on scientific data to inform policy decisions around adaptation, thereby helping communities define and achieve their resilience goals. These projects can serve as a model for other regions experiencing similar issues.
- Heidi StillerSouth Regional Director, Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Joanna WalczakSoutheast Regional Administrator, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
- Todd MillerExecutive Director, North Carolina Coastal Federation (NCCF)
- Skip StilesExecutive Director, Wetlands Watch
Ms. Stiller will discuss how NOAA supports resilience projects in the area and NOAA’s Digital Coast, which provides a variety of coastal data, as well as the tools, training, and information needed to make that data truly useful to communities on the ground.
Ms. Walczak will discuss the unique ability of coral reefs to protect Florida communities in wide areas of the Atlantic Coast from storm damage, and the federal, state, and local efforts to protect and revive those corals.
Mr. Miller will highlight NCCF’s extensive work installing living shorelines throughout North Carolina’s coast. He will further discuss efforts to create community buy-in from various stakeholders and private landowners to complete these projects.
Mr. Stiles will discuss work with local governments to adapt to sea level rise and the regulatory and policy regimes that help (or hinder) implementation of community adaptation and nature-based solutions along Virginia’s coast.
Southeast communities have been devastated by large storms in recent years. As state and local governments rebuild and prepare for the next hurricane season, this briefing aims to provide a sample of tools, policies, and programs along the coast that are helping communities and their environments become more resilient.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will host a workshop in Arlington, VA.More Details
The CSIS Energy Security and Climate Change Program, with input and support from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Technology Transitions and Chief Commercialization Officer, is pleased to launch its Energy Innovation Series.
Energy Innovation is a six-part discussion series focusing on specific categories of energy technology and aims to foster greater understanding of – and support for – the role of innovation in the energy system. The series will investigate the innovation priorities of the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Laboratory Complex against the broader ecosystem, both domestic and international, for advancing a portfolio of solutions.
Innovation in Storage and Battery Technologies, the first discussion in this series, will focus on innovation in the energy storage, including batteries for electric vehicles and for grid storage. Under Secretary of Energy for Science Paul Dabbar will open the session with a keynote address. The presentation will be followed by speakers from the national lab system, academia, and the private sector, who will present their work and discuss innovation in storage technologies and energy storage’s route from the laboratory to the market.
**Paul Dabbar, Under Secretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy
**George Crabtree, Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research
**Yet-Ming Chiang, Kyocera Professor, MIT Energy Initiative
**More speakers to be announced.
The European Union’s (EU) efforts to achieve a carbon-neutral economy present a unique and timely opportunity to strengthen European energy security and to broaden transatlantic cooperation.More Details
Hosted in coordination with:
House and Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucuses
Business Council for Sustainable Energy and Environmental and Energy Study Institute
Lunch will be served.
The eighth edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, published in partnership by BloombergNEF (BNEF) and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), will be released on February 13, 2020, and available to download at www.bcse.org/factbook. The Factbook provides updates on industry information and trends for the U.S. energy economy, with an in-depth look at the energy efficiency, natural gas, and renewable energy sectors, as well as emerging areas such as digitalization, micro-grids, offshore wind, hydrogen, and renewable natural gas.
- Ethan ZindlerHead of Americas, BloombergNEF
- Lisa JacobsonPresident, Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE)
- Emily DuncanDirector of Federal Government Affairs, National Grid
- Mona ShethDirector, Federal Government Affairs, North America Operations, Schneider Electric
- Allison HullDirector of Federal Government Affairs, Sempra Energy
This year’s Factbook will provide a first-of-its-kind overview of the major changes of the past decade in U.S. energy generation, delivery, and consumption, as well as 2019 year-on-year trends. Find out answers to the following questions, and more:
- How is the U.S. energy mix changing?
- How can clean energy make our infrastructure more resilient?
- What is the impact of policy developments on the market in 2019 including tax and trade issues, fuel economy standard updates and state and local government climate actions?
Please join us in our inaugural “Women in Energy” luncheon series on Thursday, February 20, 2020.More Details
The Energy and Climate Policy Research Seminar presents Rob Bradley, the Director of Knowledge and Learning for the NDC Partnership Support Unit.More Details