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PACE ENERGY AND CLIMATE EXPERTS AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT
Among them: • Delegate to the Copenhagen summit from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, an organization of 75 countries, 106 governmental agencies, and over 850 non-governmental organizations.;
• Pioneer of international environmental law;
• Executive Director and Deputy Director of a major force for the “greening” of the power sector, the Pace Energy and Climate Center
WHITE PLAINS, NY, November 18, 2009 – Energy topics are making headlines with Obama saying time had run out to secure a climate deal at the Copenhagen environmental summit and his appointment of Washington-based venture capitalist Jonathan Silver to the Department of Energy to speed federal funding for alternative-energy companies and car makers. Experts in energy, climate and the environment at Pace Law School are available for comment.
Richard L. Ottinger, Dean Emeritus, founded the Pace Energy Project in 1987, the predecessor to the Pace Energy and Climate Center (PECC). Ottinger, a retired member of the U.S. House of Representatives, will be the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) delegate to the Copenhagen environmental summit in December. He taught in the Pace environmental law program, which is consistently ranked among the top three in the nation by US News and World Report; Pace is the first law school in the country to offer a course of study focused on climate change law as part of its Masters in Environmental Law. In his 16 years as a member of the House of Representatives, he authored a substantial body of energy and environmental laws and was one of the earliest environmentalists in Congress.
The renowned environmentalist Hunter Lovins considers Ottinger responsible for most of the legislation that now lets environmentalists do their work.
The Energy Project’s groundbreaking research from the early 1990s, The Environmental Cost of Electricity, highlighted the environmental and human health costs associated with its production and delivery from fossil- and nuclear-powered plants. This study led to the development of policies that placed non-emitting and renewable power alternatives on more equal footing with conventional energy options.
Ottinger can be reached at (914) 422-4121 or email@example.com.
Nicholas A. Robinson, the first University Professor at Pace University, is an internationally-recognized architect of international environmental law, a founder of the highly-ranked environmental law program at Pace Law School and an innovator in training thousands of environmental lawyers around the world. Early in his career he served on the first legal advisory committee to the President’s Council on Environmental Quality under Nixon, advising on the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act. He also drafted New York State’s Tidal Wetlands and Freshwater Wetlands Acts and the state’s Wild Bird Law. During the Cold War, he was appointed by five US presidents as a delegate to USA-USSR environmental law negotiations. He played a key role in creating the UN Charter for Nature.
Robinson founded the International Program of the Sierra Club after being elected to its Board of Directors and served as International Vice President. He was later named an Honorary Vice President of the Sierra Club. Robinson has long been a leader of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an organization headquartered in Switzerland with members including 75 countries, 106 governmental agencies, and over 850 non-governmental organizations. In 2003 he founded the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, a consortium that now includes more than 100 universities around the world that have environmental law programs (www.iucnael.org). His books have been translated and published in Chinese, Farsi, Portuguese, and Russian, and he has lectured by invitation at universities in 75 nations. With the Pace environmental law program’s first Master’s degree student, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and the first Hudson Riverkeeper, John Cronin, Robinson organized Pace Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic.
In the worlds of business and economics Robinson long served on the Board of Directors and chaired the World Environment Center (www.wec.org), an organization of 45 of the world’s major multinational corporations, and today he serves as an environmental advisor to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Robinson can be reached at (914) 422-4244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
James M. Van Nostrand, Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, PECC, came to Pace Law School with 22 years of experience in private practice representing energy clients in state regulatory proceedings in eight western states, as well as proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. His practice emphasized electricity and gas regulation, utility mergers and acquisitions, telecommunications, and administrative law. He was recognized by the Energy Bar Association as its 2007 State Regulatory Practitioner of the Year, and has been included for the last several years in “The Best Lawyers in America.” He has published and lectured widely on energy policy and renewable energy, along with capacity markets, utility rates, and utility mergers and acquisitions. Van Nostrand can be reached at (914)-442-4082 or email@example.com.
Thomas G. Bourgeois, Deputy Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, has provided economic, financial analysis and database services to the center for more than 10 years. He is Co-Managing Director of the Northeast Regional Combined Heat and Power Applications Center (NERAC), a project of the US Department of Energy. Bourgeois has authored reports on issues of energy efficiency, renewable energy policy and regional economic development. He has supplied testimony as an expert witness on behalf of the Energy Project in proceedings before the Public Service Commission in New York and the Department of Public Utilities in New Jersey. Bourgeois can be reached at (914)-442-4013 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Pace Energy and Climate Center: Known throughout the region as “pragmatic environmentalists,” PECC during its twenty-two year history has developed a reputation as one of the nation’s leading sustainable energy research and advocacy organizations and a major force for the “greening” of the power sector. Its staff of twelve includes attorneys, economists, planners and scientists. Its mission is to reduce the environmental, social, and human health burdens of electricity production and consumption and to promote climate change solutions.
PECC offers legal assistance to individuals, institutions, organizations and governmental agencies involved in energy decisions. It provides analysis of the social and environmental costs and benefits of electricity and fuel production alternatives, including their impact on climate change; proposes market mechanisms and regulatory structures to stimulate investment in clean energy; and explores ways to break down regulatory and market barriers that add costs and delay implementation of clean energy technologies.
The Center was instrumental in the development and design of a potential model for a federal carbon reduction program, the Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the nation’s first mandatory program to cap power sector greenhouse gas emissions, which serves as The Center also has extensive experience with Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and Distributed Generation (DG) and liquid biofuels for transportation and heating.
About Pace Law: Founded in 1976, Pace Law School has nearly 6,700 alumni throughout the country and the world. It offers full- and part-time day and evening JD programs on its White Plains, NY, campus. The School also offers the Master of Laws in Environmental Law, Real Estate Law and in Comparative Legal Studies and an SJD in Environmental Law. www.law.pace.edu
About Pace University: Widely known for its diverse environmental teaching and research, for 103 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.
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