Growing populations, a changing climate, rising oil prices, diminishing fuel reserves: These are realities confronting America’s cities.
While political leaders debate the development of alternative energy sources, most experts agree that energy efficiency is fundamental to the urban future.
Can cities combat global warming and the high cost of energy with a less wasteful infrastructure and other strategies? What will it take for cities to become more efficient—and what reforms are beyond the powers of local government?
A panel discussion was also held. The panelists are Susan Anderson, director of Sustainable Development, City of Portland, Oregon; Kenny Esser, Policy Advisor, Office of New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine; Jim Gallagher, senior vice president for Energy Policy, New York City Economic Development Corporation; Ashok Gupta, Air and Energy Program director, Natural Resources Defense Council; Department of Environmental Protection, State of New Jersey; and Max Schulz, senior fellow, Manhattan Institute Center for Energy Policy and the Environment- The New School
Director of the Portland Office of Sustainable Development. Susan is responsible for solid waste collection and recycling, energy conservation, renewable energy resources, sustainable construction practices, utility regulatory issues and a variety of environmental programs for the city of Portland.
She works with the private sector on efforts to promote sustainable products, technologies and services and is lead staff to the Portland/Multnomah County Sustainable Development Commission. Susan also is on the Board of The Climate Trust and lives in Portland.
Keny Esser is policy advisor to the office of New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine.
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Jim Gallagher is chair of New York City's Energy Policy Task Force and is Senior Vice President of Energy Policy at the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
Ashok Gupta is NRDC's Air and Energy Program Director. He leads NRDC's advocacy in the Northeast on climate change, electric utility restructuring, energy efficiency, renewables, sustainable building design and reducing petroleum dependence.
Prior to joining NRDC in 1991, Ashok worked with New York City's Department of Telecommunications and Energy. He has a bachelor's degree in physics and math from Georgetown University and a master's degree in economics from American University.
Mr. Gupta also serves on the Boards of Directors of: Hudson River Foundation, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies, U.S. Green Building Council - New York; Clean Air-Cool Planet, Citizen's Union Foundation, and, Earth Pledge.
He received Environmental Advocates' 2001 Advocate Award for leadership in support of clean air and energy and in 2003 the Environmental Professional of the Year from the Association of Energy Engineers.
The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, non-profit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment.
Founded in 1970, NRDC has more than 550,000 members nationwide, served from offices in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco. More information is available through NRDC’s Web site at www.nrdc.org.
Andrew Revkin has spent nearly a quarter century covering subjects ranging from Hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami to the assault on the Amazon, from the troubled relationship of science and politics to climate change at the North Pole.
He has been reporting on the environment for The New York Times since 1995, a job that has taken him to the Arctic three times in three years.
In 2003, he became the first Times reporter to file stories and photos from the sea ice around the Pole. He spearheaded a three-part Times series and one-hour documentary in 2005 on the transforming Arctic.
Before joining The Times, Mr. Revkin was a senior editor of Discover, a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, and a senior writer at Science Digest. Mr. Revkin has a biology degree from Brown and a Master's degree in journalism from Columbia. He has taught environmental reporting as an adjunct professor at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism.
He lives in the Hudson River Valley with his wife and two sons. In spare moments, he is a performing songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who often accompanies Pete Seeger at regional shows and plays in a folk-roots band, Uncle Wade.
Recent and archived news articles by Andrew C. Revkin of The New York Times appear below.
Max Schulz is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. His work focuses on the practical application of free-market principles in energy debates at the international, federal, and state levels.
The center for energy policy examines the intersection of energy, the economy, and the environment, with particular focus on the national-security aspects of energy in the 21st century.
Prior to joining the Manhattan Institute, Mr. Schulz served as Senior Policy Advisor and Director of Speechwriting for United States secretaries of energy Samuel Bodman and Spencer Abraham. At the Department of Energy, Mr. Schulz was involved in the rollout of President George W. Bush's National Energy Policy in 2001.
In four and a half years at the DOE, he worked extensively on issues ranging from energy supply and demand to nuclear security and nonproliferation. In 2004, he was a member of the United States delegation to the International Atomic Energy Agency's 47th General Conference in Vienna.
Mr. Schulz had earlier served as editorial director at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, as a book editor at Regnery Publishing, as an advisor to Steve Forbes's 1996 presidential campaign, and as managing editor of Forbes MediaCritic magazine.
He received his BA in history from Vanderbilt University. Mr. Schulz lives in Washington with his wife and son.
Kenny Esser, Policy Advisor to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, gives his wish list of government action in response to the current and looming energy crunch. He discusses greenhouse gas emissions, nuclear energy, and further research.