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APR 26, 2019 FRIDAY

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Widener Law Commonwealth
Admin Building, Room 180
3737 Vartan Way
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in Pennsylvania: What Are the Best Ways Forward?

The symposium will explore the ideas presented in the book, Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States, edited by Michael B. Gerrard and John C. Dernbach.  The book details more than 1,000 legal tools for federal, state, local, and private decision makers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050. 

Presenters at the conference will discuss what legal approaches are best for Pennsylvania to significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.  The conference will bring together policy makers, stakeholders, and lawyers to discuss the most significant and promising legal options.  

6 substantive and 1 ethics CLE available.

Click here to register. 

Cost:
Regular Registration $95, includes CLE and lunch
Discounted Registration: $85, includes CLE and lunch for alumni, government lawyers and academics
Non-CLE attendees: $55,  includes lunch


Agenda


8:00 to 8:30 a.m.          Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:30 a.m.                      Welcome  

Christian Johnson, Dean and Professor of Law, Widener University Commonwealth Law School


8:35 a.m.                      Introduction and Purpose of Conference

John Dernbach, Commonwealth Professor of Environmental Law and Sustainability, Widener University Commonwealth Law School

8:40 to 9:10 a.m.          State of Climate Science, and What It Means

Richard Alley, Penn State University  

Donald A. Brown, Scholar in Residence, Widener University Commonwealth Law School  
                    

9:10 to 9:40 a.m.           Climate Choices and Bridging Divides

Karl Hausker, Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute   


9:40 to 10:10 a.m.  
       Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States

John Dernbach, Widener University Commonwealth Law School


10:10 to 10:20  a.m.     Break


10:20 to 10:50 a.m.       Keynote

Patrick McDonnell, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection


10:50 to 11:50 a.m.       State of Play in Pennsylvania

Moderator – David Hess, former secretary, DEP

Robert B. McKinstry, Jr., Ballard & Spahr (ret.)

Davitt Woodwell, Pennsylvania Environmental Council  

Gladys Brown Dutrieuille, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission  

Rep. Steve McCarter, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Cindy Adams Dunn, DCNR   


11:50 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Lunch


12:20 to 1:20 p.m.          What are the Best Ways Forward on Electricity?

Moderator—John Quigley, former secretary, DEP & DCNR

John Hanger, Franklin Labs LLC  

Gladys Brown Dutrieuille, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission  

Denise Foster, PJM

1:20 to 2:05 p.m.          What are the Best Ways Forward on Transportation?

Moderator—Marie Cusick, WITF

Rohan Patel, Tesla  

Kathy Robertson, Exelon  

David Althoff, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection


2:05 to 2:50 p.m.          What are the Best Ways Forward on Energy Efficiency?

Moderator—Rob Altenburg, Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future

Baird Brown, eco(n)law

Julian Boggs, Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance

Terrance Fitzpatrick, Energy Association of Pennsylvania  


2:50 to 3:00 p.m.          Break
       

3:00 to 3:30 p.m.          What are the Best Ways Forward on a Just Transition?

Steve Herzenberg, Keystone Research Center  
                                  

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.          What Should Lawyers Do?

Moderator—C. Baird Brown, Esq.  

Steve Harvey, Steve Harvey Law LLC, Call to the Bar  

Richard Horsch, White & Case (ret.)