Previous Issues

All the previous articles from the newletters are listed below. Please use the tabs to navigate to specific year and month to find most specific listings as well.

 

Secretary Beehler
 

News of EEM Students and Graduates

 

EMSE Visiting Scholar Jimmy Jia was a facilitator of the Western States Innovation Workshop in Seattle, WA. Sponsored by the Western Interstate Energy Board and the CleanTech Alliance, it included attendees from energy offices of the Western states, Canadian provincial policymakers, representatives of national labs, and other commercialization organizations from throughout the West. The workshop provided an opportunity to strengthen and broaden collaborations among Northwest energy innovators to improve commercialization pathways for technologies emerging from R&D institutions.

 

 
Auditorium
 

EEMI Hosts the U.S. Department of Energy for a Clean Energy Talks Seminar

 

On September 24, 2019, the EEMI hosted a standing-room-only lunchtime seminar in the Lehman Auditorium of the Science and Engineering Hall (SEH) on clean energy. The purpose of the event was to help the Department of Energy advance its mission to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. The Department of Energy plays an important role in the innovation economy, through the development of advanced energy technologies.

 

 
Prof. Deason, Dean Lach, Dr. Abron & Prof. Cascio
 

EEMI Conducts Advisory Board Meeting

 

On January 17, 2020, EEMI Co-Directors Joe Cascio and Jonathan Deason, along with EEMI Program Directors Scott Sklar, Dr. Jigar Shah, Dr. Ed Saltzberg, Dr. Victoria Lawrence and Dr. Rachael Jonassen, led a meeting of the SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute Advisory Board. At the meeting, three novel EEMI undertakings were presented and discussed. The first of these was our recent proposal to lead specific GW research initiatives on de-carbonization through the application of 4th industrial revolution technologies such as artificial intelligence, transport de-carbonization, nanotechnology, and the internet of things.

 

 
 Examining Committee Members Pose with Dr. Denton
 

Loren Denton Successfully Defends Doctoral Dissertation

 

On September 30, 2019, Doctoral Candidate Loren Denton defended his doctoral dissertation research on the topic of “Improving Environmental Enforcement Effectiveness in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Drinking Water Program.” Loren, who is Chief of the Municipal Enforcement Branch in the Water Enforcement Division at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, examined the Environmental Protection Agency’s currently implemented 2009 Enforcement Response Policy (ERP) with regard to the effectiveness of state and national enforcement and remediation of the most significant drinking water violations.

 

 
Kristin moderates the virtual panel session
 

EEM Graduate Leads Worldwide Panel Discussion on Climate Change NDC Implementation and Enhancement

 

EEM graduate Kristin Deason led a 90-minute panel presentation entitled “Regional Approaches to Supporting NDC Implementation and Enhancement” at the Virtual Island Summit in October 2019. Kristin presently is the Lead Caribbean Representative of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), headquartered in St. Lucia. She previously served with the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi, UAE; the renewable energy forecasting company Gnarum LLC in Washington, DC; the German hydrogen energy/fuel cell company Nationale Organisation Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellentechnologi Gmbh in Berlin; and the renewable energy company consulting company Sentech in Washington, DC.

 

 
 Presentations were made in the Jacob Burns Moot Courtroom in the Law School
 

EEMI Co-hosts Science Change Science Education Program for Federal Judges

 

On July 12, 2019, the Environmental and Energy Management Institute and the GW Environmental Law Program co-hosted a day-long symposium entitled “Climate Science for Judges.” EMSE Research Professor Joe Cascio and EMSE Professor Jonathan Deason were participants in the event, which was sponsored by the Climate Judiciary Project. The purpose of the symposium was to educate senior Federal and State judges about the science behind global climate change issues to prepare them for a rapidly increasing caseload of climate-related legal cases. Among the 25 legal luminaries at the event were 10 U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges, U.S. District Court judges, and State Superior and Appellate Court judges.

 

 
Hamptons Roads Flooding
 

EEMI Hosts Preview Screening of Global Climate Change Film “Tidewater”

 

On October 1, 2019, the Environmental and Energy Management Institute held a preview screening of the global climate change film “Tidewater” in the Lehman Auditorium. EMSE Professor Jonathan Deason gave a welcoming address and EMSE Research Professor Joe Cascio coordinated a discussion panel after the screening. Panelists included Melissa Deas, Climate Program Analysts, Government of the District of Columbia; Dr. Stephen Dornbos, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, US Department of Defense; Kristiane Huber, Resilience Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and Shana Udvardy, Climate Resilience Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists.

 

 
Dr Amodeo poses with his examining committee
 

Domenico Amodeo Successfully Defends Doctoral Dissertation

 

On December 10, 2019, Doctoral Candidate Domenico Amodeo successfully defended his research work focused on an “Empirical Study of the Role of Human Cognition in the Resilience Management of Inland Waterway Transportation Systems.” In his research, Dr. Amodeo examined the inland waterway system in the United States, which are complex socio-technical systems characterized by decentralized governance, dense dependency on limited collective resources, a highly interdependent network of transactional relationships, and susceptibility to natural and manmade hazards and disruptions.

 

 

Professor Deason
 

2019 SEAS Graduation Celebration

Dozens of GW Environmental and Energy Management graduates and their families celebrated their achievements in front of almost 5,000 spectators at the SEAS Graduation Celebration, conducted in the Smith Center on Friday evening, May 17, 2019. The 2019 graduation Celebration marked the 137th year of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the 198th year of the George Washington University. This year SEAS graduated almost 1,000 students, and close to 40% of SEAS undergraduate class were women, about twice the national average.

 

 
EMSE Professor Jigar Shah
 

News of EEM Students and Graduates

 

EEM Master of Science graduate Bruk Berhane recently earned his Ph.D. degree and assumed a positon as Assistant Research Professor in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.

 

 
Alex is sworn in by Secretary of the Army Mark Esper
 

EEMI Research Professor Confirmed by U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of the Army

 

Research Professor Alex Beehler, who spent the last three years with the Environmental and Energy Management Institute, was confirmed earlier this year as the new Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment.

In his March 14, 2019 swearing-in ceremony in the Pentagon, Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper said that, in his new position, Alex has responsibility for policy and oversight of all sustainability and environmental operations of the most impactful organization in the world.

 

 
Filming of Interview with Keynote Speaker Dr. Travis Reider
 

EEMI Conducts Symposium on Human Population

 

The Environmental and Energy Management Institute conducted a Forum entitled “Tackling the Population Taboo: Creating a Sustainable Future for Our Children” in the Lehman Auditorium on April 9, 2019. EMSE Professor Jonathan Deason kicked off the event with a welcoming address. EMSE Research Professor Joe Cascio was instrumental in organizing the event, which was attended by a number of GW students.

 

 
Prof Cascio presents the results of the EEMI study
 

EEMI Presents Research Results on Micronuclear Energy Potential

 

On January 29, 2019, the final report of a research study conducted by the SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute was released at a Capitol Hill event attended by 165 people, including three members of Congress. EEMI Research Professor Alex Beehler was the Principal Investigator of the study. Research Professor Joe Cascio (EEMI co-Director and co-PI) presented a summary of the study, which assessed the feasibility of using microreactors (very small nuclear reactors providing power in the range of 2-10 MWe) by US military forces.

 

 
Students Taking a face-to-face Pilot Version of EV Professional Development Course
 

EEMI Successfully Kicks Off Online Professional Development Program

 

During February and March 2019, the EEMI Professional Development Program added its first entirely online course to its short course lineup. The course, entitled “On the Road to Mass Market Electric Vehicles,” was taught by Professor Julian Bentley to 51 practicing professionals, following a face-to-face pilot version of the short course that was taught by Professor Bentley in the Science and Engineering Hall on February 13-14, 2019.

 

 
Cover Slide of Seminar Presentation
 

EEMI Conducts Symposium on Environmental Decision Making for Graduate Students at Top Chinese Universities

 

On February 12, 2019, EMSE Professors Jonathan Deason and Joe Cascio conducted a symposium on Environmental Decision Making in Room 2000 of the Science and Engineering Hall as part of the two-week 2019 Winter Leadership Training Camp sponsored by the International Fund for China’s Environment.

 

 
Prof. Jonassen presents a wrap-up summary
 

EEMI Professor Plays Major Role in Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition Research Conference

 

Dr. Rachael Jonassen, Director of the EEMI Climate Change Program, was an instrumental part of the world’s first international research conference on carbon pricing that was held in New Delhi, India on February 14-15, 2019. The conference, organized by the World Bank Group’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC), attracted participants from around the world. It featured over 30 researchers that were selected via a competitive “call for papers” led by an international scientific committee.

 

 
Solar
 

GW Named Among Top Universities for Renewable Energy

 

Based on a 2019 survey of 944 college and university campuses from 19 states and Washington, D.C., by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, GW was ranked the top-most university for purchasing renewable electricity from off-campus projects.

 

 
Dr. Goodall with SEAS faculty and students
 

Renowned Conservationist Jane Goodall Works with SEAS Students and Faculty on “Virtual Jane” Project

 

In May 2019, Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, UN Messenger of Peace, and a pioneer in wild chimpanzee behavior, visited GW to build a new educational platform that will use virtual reality to spread her message of environmental conservation to future generations. The project, called the “Virtual Jane,” is housed in the GW Innovation Center in Tompkins Hall.

 

Fall / Winter 2019

 EEMI Professor Alex Beehler
 

EEMI Professor Appointed to High Level Government Position

 

Professor Alex Beehler, a key member of the Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) leadership team for more than three years, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 2 to be the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment.

 

 
Kushal
 

News of EEM Students, Faculty and Graduates

 

EEM Master’s student Kushal Malvania was named the 2018 Student Energy Engineer of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers National Capital Chapter in November 2018.

 

 
GW President Thomas LeBlanc
 

New GW President Issues Sustainability Report

 

In November 2018, new GW President Thomas J. LeBlanc issued a major GW Sustainability Progress Report. The report elucidates in great quantitative detail the progress GW has made recently in a variety of areas such as reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, water conservation, water diversion and sustainable investments.

 

 
Dr. Kelly Scanlon
 

Intensive EEM Activity in Sponsored Research Projects

 

Our Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) has seen a tremendous amount of action on the research front during the latter half of 2018, which can be seen from the following project summaries.

 

 
Volvo HQ
 

Two EEM Graduate Students Awarded EDF Climate Corps Fellowships

 

Two members of the EEM family were among the 115 students nationwide that received 2018 Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellowships from more than 1,100 applicants.

 

 
Symposium
 

EEMI Co-Sponsors Natural Resources Symposium

 

On September 25-26, 2018, the Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) co-sponsored a natural resources symposium entitled “Blueprint for Change: New Approaches and Needed Changes to Managing Natural Resource Risks, Liabilities and Opportunities.”

 

 
Great Wall
 

Welcome to New Professor Dr. John P. Helveston

 

EEM colleagues are pleased to welcome Dr. John P. Helveston to the EEM team. John joined the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering and the Environmental and Energy Management Program as an Assistant Professor in the Fall 2018 semester.

 

 
videotaping
 

EEMI Begins to Move Professional Short Course Series Online

 

In the fall 2018 semester, the EEMI undertook a process to move its successful two-day professional short course series to an online delivery platform, with a target of the Spring 2019 semester for initial delivery of the first short courses on an online basis.

 

Newsletter: Spring / Summer 2018

Meeting
 

EEMI Collaborates with Booz Allen Hamilton on Environmental and Energy Brainstorming Symposium

 

The Environmental and Energy Management Institute collaborated with the major environmental and energy consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton to hold an “Ideas Festival” that was conducted at the Ronald Reagan Building, International Trade Center, on April 21, 2018.

 

 
symposium
 

EEMI Hosts Energy Symposium

 

On March 8-9, 2018, the Environmental and Energy Management Institute hosted a symposium on “Enabling Advanced Reactors for the Market.” The symposium brought together academic researchers, nationa

 

 
Keynote
 

EEM Grad Serves as Keynote Speaker at 2018 SEAS Graduation

 

Dr. Christyl Johnson, a 2012 EEM doctoral graduate, provided the keynote speech at the May 18 SEAS graduation ceremony in the Smith Center.

 

 
Class
 

EEMI Pursues Development of New Online Professional Education Program

 

Dr. Ed Saltzberg, Managing Director, Security and Sustainability Forum (SSF), has come on board to EEMI as Director of Online Professional Education.

 

 
 Shuqi Dong
 

EEM Student & Faculty News

 

Professor Joe Cascio co-Director of the Environmental and Energy Management Institute hosted a three-day meeting of the leadership of International Standards Organization’s Technical Committee 207 on January 8-10, 2018.

 

 
Roadmap

EEM Graduate Featured in Global Green Growth Institute News Videos

 

EEM doctoral graduate Dr. Kristin Deason was featured in two news videos produced by the Global Green Growth Institute.

 

Newsletter: Fall / Winter 2017

Carbon Sequestration
 

News of Students and Faculty

 

During the week of July 22-29, 2017, EEM doctoral Iryna Payosova participated in the highly competitive Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration (RECS) program of the U.S. Department of Energy. The program provides early career professionals with hands-on field research experience in areas related to carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS).

 

 

 

Class Photo
 

EEMI Professional Education Short Course Program Continues Strongly

 

Over the Fall 2017 semester, the EEMI continued its successful run of state-of-the-art professional short courses in the environmental and energy management area. All courses offered during the Fall semester were conducted at GW’s Foggy Bottom campus in collaboration with the European Energy Center. Fall 2017 course offerings included the following: Solar Photovoltaic Fundamentals, Renewable Energy Management & Finance, Environmental Management Beyond Compliance (Implementing an ISO 14001 System), Distributed Generation and Storage, Practical Application of Circular Economy Methods.

 

GWU Grow Garden
 

GW Listed in the Sierra Club Top 20 Cool Schools of 2017

 

The George Washington University was ranked 18th from all universities in the United States in the Sierra Club’s 2017 rankings of Cool Schools. A total of 227 institutions from the Nation’s more than 2,000 four-year colleges and universities were included in the rankings, evidence that higher education institutions are investing more in sustainability.

 

 

 Prof. Deason meets with EEM grad Dr. Hilton McDavid, now with the University of the West Indies
 

EEMI Establishes Partnership with the Organization of America States to Address Renewable Energy Needs in the Caribbean Region

 

In August 2017 the EEMI became an official partner of the Organization of American States to address renewable energy needs in the Caribbean region. The purpose of the new partnership is to design and deliver educational tools that advance the development and diffusion of sustainable energy options that promote a more diversified and resilient infrastructure in the Caribbean. The initiative, known as the “Caribbean Sustainable Development Education & Training Initiative" is to pursue the development of specialized and practical educational tools with and for educational institutions within the Caribbean.

 

Presentation
 

EEMI Holds Workshop on Carbon Dioxide Removal and Negative Emissions Technologies

 

On Monday, October 30, the Environmental & Energy Management Institute conducted an invitation-only workshop for non-governmental organizations from the environmental, development, natural resources and human rights communities. The event was held in the Lehman Auditorium in the Science and Engineering Hall. The event focused on the potential role of carbon dioxide removal technologies, sometimes characterized as a form of “climate geoengineering,” as a climate response measure.

 

Job Fair
 

EEMI Hosts AEE Student Job Fair

 

The Environmental and Energy Management Institute hosted the Association of Energy Engineer’s Engineering Job Fair and Career Seminar on Friday, October 13, 2017, in the Science and Engineering Hall. It was the fifth annual Engineering Job Fair of the Association of Energy Engineers – National Capital Chapter. The event was a terrific opportunity for engineering students to meet prospective employers who hosted booths at the event.

 

 

 

Newsletter: Spring / Summer 2017

Jia
 

Jimmy Jia Addresses Strategic Energy Planning at EMSE Seminar

 

Jimmy Jia, CEO and Chief Strategist at Distributed Energy Management in Seattle, Washington, made a fascinating presentation on strategic energy planning at a May 4, 2017 EMSE seminar conducted in

 

 
De Luque
 

Ilka De Luque Successfully Defends Doctoral Dissertation

 

Dr. Ilka De Luque made a marvelous presentation of her research project about electric generation technologies on April 24, 2017. The title of Ilka’s dissertation is “Essays on Investments in Electricity Generation Technologies Under Multiple Uncertainties.”

 

 
Cascio
 

News of EEM Students, Graduates and Faculty

 

EEMI Co-Director Joe Cascio was a co-author of an op-ed published both in The Hill newspaper and HuffPost (formerly Huffington Post) publication. The titles of the op-ed in the two publications are “The Federal Sustainability Effort is Worth Saving” (in The Hill) and “We Were the Federal Government’s Chief Sustainability Officers, and We Have a Business Proposal for President Trump” (in the HuffPost).

 

 
EPA
 

EEMI Advisory Board Conducts Third Meeting

 

The EEMI Advisory Board held its third semiannual meeting on April 26, 2017 in the Science and Engineering Hall. The Advisory Board is composed of 14 distinguished individuals, including three former Assistant Administrators of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a former Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality, and several corporate CEOs and NGO leaders.

 

 
HQ
 

EEMI Establishes Partnership with Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition

 

Under the leadership of Dr. Rachael Jonassen, Director of EEMI’s Greenhouse Management Program, the EEMI has established a strong partnership with the Carbon Pricing leadership Coalition (CPLC) of the World Bank and International Finance Corporation.

 

 
Chat
 

EEMI Hosts Extravaganza Event on Energy and Sustainable Solutions for Tomorrow’s Campuses

 

On February 24, 2017, the Environmental and Energy Management Institute hosted the 3rd annual Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza with Leaders in Energy (LE) and the Association of Energy Engine

 

 
Grads
 

EEM Graduates Celebrate Accomplishments

 

Environmental and Energy Management program faculty, students and alumni celebrated the achievements of this year’s graduates during the SEAS 2017 Celebration of Student Achievement ceremony that w

 

 
Alex Beehler
 

Professor Beehler Presents at Club de Madrid Event

 

On December 12, 2016, Alex Beehler, Visiting Scholar and Board Member of the Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI), participated in two panels as part of a university roundtable on "

 



EEMI Board Member Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Dr. Lilia Abron, a long-time member of the Board of Advisors of the SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute, was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering on October 4, 2020. Election to the NAE is among the highest professional honors that can be bestowed on engineers. According to the press release announcing Dr. Abron's election, “Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature."

News of EEM Students, Faculty and Alumni

Dr. Gurkan Kumbaroglu, a Fulbright Fellow conducting research on climate change impacts on the electricity generating sector with the Environmental and Energy Management Institute, participated in a forum on the energy situation with former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on March 4, 2020. The event, held at the Resources for the Future building in Washington, D.C., attracted an impressive array of energy experts across the full spectrum of important energy topics.

EEM Student’s Environmental Startup Wins Major Awards

The startup company Envirobe, created by EMSE student Manyung Emma Hon (who graduated in May 2020), has won a string of impressive awards for its promise of having a substantial positive impact on the world’s environment. Envirobe which won several awards last year in the New Venture Competition, including the top prize in the competition’s tech track, also participated in GW’s NSF-funded I-Corps program and the GW Summer Startup Accelerator Program, currently is a semi-finalist in the New York University $300K Entrepreneur Challenge, and has been invited to participate in the Rice Business Plan Competition.

Prof. Dayo Shittu Leads Community Solar Project Workshop

On February 7, 2020, Professor Ekundayo Shittu led a day-long workshop coordinated by the GW Schools of Engineering and Applied Science and Law. The event, entitled “Examining Community Solar Programs to Understand the Role of Policies on Accessibility and Investment Workshop “was funded by the Sloan Foundation’s Division of Energy and Environment.

EEMI Professors Conduct Seminar on the Impact of COVID-19 on Energy Economics and Sustainability

Dr. Edward Saltzberg, EEMI’s Director of Professional Education, and Dr. Gürkan Kumbaroğlu, a Fulbright Visiting Professor with the EEMI, led an online seminar on the topic of “Impact of COVID-19 on Energy Economics and Sustainability” on April 22, 2020. The event, sponsored by the International Association for Energy Economics, began with an overview of the energy industry in the U.S., explaining how the industry is impacted currently by the COVID-19 crisis. The recent drop in electricity demand and the shift in demand patterns as a result of behavioral changes that developed during the COVID-19 crisis was discussed with implied challenges and opportunities.

GW Installs New Rooftop Solar Panels on the Foggy Bottom Campus

In May 2020, GW completed installation of new solar photovoltaic panels on five Foggy Bottom campus buildings. The solar panels were installed on the rooftops of Funger and Duques Halls, the Charles E. Smith Center, Monroe Hall and Hall of Government, Lisner Auditorium and the Media and Public Affairs Building. Neighborhood Solar Equity, an organization focused on renewable energy and community development, developed the project. New Columbia Solar, in conjunction with the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment, financed the project.

GW Establishes High-Level Sustainability Task Force

In February 2020, the GW Board of Trustees established a high-level Task Force on Environmental, Social, and Governance responsibilities. This action was in response to on-going discussions among many members of the University community, including students, faculty and other stakeholders.

EEMI Faculty and Students Celebrate at the 2020 Engineers’ Ball

On February 23, 20202, a number of Environmental and Energy management Institute faculty and students celebrated that academic year’s achievements at the 2020 SEAS Engineer’s Ball. Held at the world famous Washington Mayflower Hotel, the event attracted several hundred students, faculty and guests from across the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

News of EEM Students and Graduates

EMSE Visiting Scholar Jimmy Jia was a facilitator of the Western States Innovation Workshop in Seattle, WA. Sponsored by the Western Interstate Energy Board and the CleanTech Alliance, it included attendees from energy offices of the Western states, Canadian provincial policymakers, representatives of national labs, and other commercialization organizations from throughout the West. The workshop provided an opportunity to strengthen and broaden collaborations among Northwest energy innovators to improve commercialization pathways for technologies emerging from R&D institutions.

EEMI Hosts the U.S. Department of Energy for a Clean Energy Talks Seminar

On September 24, 2019, the EEMI hosted a standing-room-only lunchtime seminar in the Lehman Auditorium of the Science and Engineering Hall (SEH) on clean energy. The purpose of the event was to help the Department of Energy advance its mission to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. The Department of Energy plays an important role in the innovation economy, through the development of advanced energy technologies.

EEMI Conducts Advisory Board Meeting

On January 17, 2020, EEMI Co-Directors Joe Cascio and Jonathan Deason, along with EEMI Program Directors Scott Sklar, Dr. Jigar Shah, Dr. Ed Saltzberg, Dr. Victoria Lawrence and Dr. Rachael Jonassen, led a meeting of the SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute Advisory Board. At the meeting, three novel EEMI undertakings were presented and discussed. The first of these was our recent proposal to lead specific GW research initiatives on de-carbonization through the application of 4th industrial revolution technologies such as artificial intelligence, transport de-carbonization, nanotechnology, and the internet of things.

Loren Denton Successfully Defends Doctoral Dissertation

On September 30, 2019, Doctoral Candidate Loren Denton defended his doctoral dissertation research on the topic of “Improving Environmental Enforcement Effectiveness in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Drinking Water Program.” Loren, who is Chief of the Municipal Enforcement Branch in the Water Enforcement Division at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, examined the Environmental Protection Agency’s currently implemented 2009 Enforcement Response Policy (ERP) with regard to the effectiveness of state and national enforcement and remediation of the most significant drinking water violations.

EEM Graduate Leads Worldwide Panel Discussion on Climate Change NDC Implementation and Enhancement

EEM graduate Kristin Deason led a 90-minute panel presentation entitled “Regional Approaches to Supporting NDC Implementation and Enhancement” at the Virtual Island Summit in October 2019. Kristin presently is the Lead Caribbean Representative of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), headquartered in St. Lucia. She previously served with the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi, UAE; the renewable energy forecasting company Gnarum LLC in Washington, DC; the German hydrogen energy/fuel cell company Nationale Organisation Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellentechnologi Gmbh in Berlin; and the renewable energy company consulting company Sentech in Washington, DC.

EEMI Co-hosts Science Change Science Education Program for Federal Judges

On July 12, 2019, the Environmental and Energy Management Institute and the GW Environmental Law Program co-hosted a day-long symposium entitled “Climate Science for Judges.” EMSE Research Professor Joe Cascio and EMSE Professor Jonathan Deason were participants in the event, which was sponsored by the Climate Judiciary Project. The purpose of the symposium was to educate senior Federal and State judges about the science behind global climate change issues to prepare them for a rapidly increasing caseload of climate-related legal cases. Among the 25 legal luminaries at the event were 10 U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges, U.S. District Court judges, and State Superior and Appellate Court judges.

EEMI Hosts Preview Screening of Global Climate Change Film “Tidewater”

On October 1, 2019, the Environmental and Energy Management Institute held a preview screening of the global climate change film “Tidewater” in the Lehman Auditorium. EMSE Professor Jonathan Deason gave a welcoming address and EMSE Research Professor Joe Cascio coordinated a discussion panel after the screening. Panelists included Melissa Deas, Climate Program Analysts, Government of the District of Columbia; Dr. Stephen Dornbos, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, US Department of Defense; Kristiane Huber, Resilience Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and Shana Udvardy, Climate Resilience Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists.