Senator Bernie Sanders & DOD Senior Sustainability Officer Dr. Dorothy Robyn Confirmed for June 25, 2012

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Defense, National Security & Climate Change:
Building Resilience and Identifying Opportunities
Related to Water, Energy and Extreme Events

June 25-26, 2012  |  Washington, DC
Hosted at the Grand Hyatt
1000 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
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Featured Keynote Speakers

Sen. Bernie Sanders

Hon. Sharon Burke
Asst. Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans & Programs,
U.S. Department of Defense

Addison (Tad) Davis, IV Command Executive Officer, U.S. Army
Reserve Command




Dr. Dorothy Robyn
Deputy Under Secretary
of Defense (I&E),
U.S. Department of Defense

Jonathan Pershing
Deputy Special Envoy
for Climate Change,
U.S. Department of State

About the Program

U.S. defense and intelligence communities are increasingly focusing resources on the operational and national security implications of climate change, water and energy. With the most recent quadrennial report identifying climate change as a global destabilizing force for the first time, an intelligence community assessment related global water security, Executive Order 13514 on sustainability across the Federal agencies, and an uncertain and unstable energy market, the challenges before American defense and national security communities to address water, energy and extreme events related risks and opportunities, as well as establish a leaner, more effective operational force in a down economy.

Program Highlights

  • Hear insights from senior Federal officials in the Department of Defense, intelligence organizations and other Federal agencies on existing mandates, operational strategies and opportunities for collaboration
  • Participate in roundtable sessions with peers across sectors on topics including:
    • Exploring strategies for addressing water problems (shortages, quality and extreme events) and conducting related vulnerability assessments,
    • Developing clean energy infrastructure throughout installations and forward operations,
    • Identifying new technologies for usage in the theater and in U.S. installations,
    • Overcoming barriers to modernizing facilities management and green design in defense installations,
    • Operationalizing supply chain programs and modernizing procurement paradigms,
    • Stakeholder engagement, external relations, and workforce education/training, and
    • Addressing national security implications both domestic and abroad.
  • Examine implications of the recent Global Water Security assessment, Executive Order 13514 and other recent Congressional and Executive mandates on Department of Defense operations and the national security community
  • Explore opportunities for cross-sector working groups

Additional Confirmed Speakers

  • Andy Bruzewicz – Director, Remote Sensing/GIS Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • David Belote – Executive Director, DoD Siting Clearinghouse, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations & Environment), U.S. Department of Defense
  • MajGen Richard Engel (ret.) – Director, Climate Change and State Stability Program, National Intelligence Council
  • Paul Faeth – Senior Fellow, CNA
  • Nancy Gillis – Director, Federal Supply Chain Emissions and Chair, Section 13 Interagency Working Group, U.S. General Services Administration
  • William Goran – Engineer Research and Development Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (and Co-Chair of NASA-Army Interagency Forum on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations)
  • Michael Hightower – Water for Energy Project Lead, Sandia National Laboratories, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Tom Hicks – Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, U.S. Navy
  • Sam Higuchi – Staff Engineer, U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Alice Hill – Senior Counselor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Louis Hutchinson, III – Senior Vice President, Public Sector, Constellation NewEnergy, Inc., Constellation Energy
  • Richard Kidd – Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Energy and Sustainability, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (IE&E), U.S. Army
  • Dr. Marc Kodack – Program Manager, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability, U.S. Army
  • James Kohlhaas – Vice President, Energy Strategy, SAIC
  • Ann Kosmal – Convener, GSA Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Team, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Kaveh Madani – Assistant Professor, Hydro-Environmental & Energy Systems Analysis Research Group, Department of Civil, Environmental & Construction Engineering, University of Central Florida
  • VADM Dennis McGinn (ret.) – President, American Council on Renewable Energy
  • William (Bill) J. McQuaid – Senior Program Analyst, Investment Branch, National Security Division, Office of Management and Budget
  • Michael Schmitz – Executive Director, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA
  • Courtney St. John – Climate Change Affairs Officer, Task Force Climate Change, U.S. Navy
  • Kim Toufectis – Master Planning Program Manager, U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Kevin Watson – Manager, Life Cycle Logistics and Supply Chain Management, U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Additional speakers to be announced shortly

Venue and Lodging Information

  • The program will be held at the Grand Hyatt Washington, DC:
    1000 H Street NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    (202) 582-1234
  • A block of rooms has been reserved at a rate of $259 per night
  • Online reservations:
  • Phone reservations: Call 1-800-233-1234 and refer to Assn of Climate Change Officers!

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For more information about this program,
please contact Melissa Lembke at 202-496-7390.