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The Current August 2015
The Current
August 2015


Women Redirecting the Corporate Board

By Emily Orler

The passion and vision behind the movement to increase the percentage of women on corporate boards was celebrated at a June 29 Women in Leadership Committee luncheon, Women Redirecting the Corporate Board.


Cyber Security and the Grid Examined
By Maryanne Hatch

Cyber security issues related to the U.S. electric grid were examined at a recent WCEE Lunch & Learn event. Monica Maher, chief of operations for the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), and Emily Miller, chief of process management, measurement and exercise planning, also of ICS-CERT, were speakers for the May 4 event, which was graciously hosted at the offices of Dickstein Shapiro.


Media Perspective: What Will Presidential Candidates Bring To the Table?
By Pat Courtney Strong and Cathryn Courtin

The balance of 2015 promises considerable drama surrounding energy and environmental issues and policy. President Barack Obama, in the final two years of his second term, is in the unenviable position of a lame duck. Both chambers of the new Congress are controlled by Republicans who have challenged the White House on every front in the energy and environmental arena. The 2016 presidential campaign and the likely candidates’ views add a whole new dimension. What do each of these factors portend for energy and environmental policy? What can be accomplished, if anything? What stories will make the headlines?


A Consideration of the Obama Administration's Climate Change Accomplishments
By Mary Fay

With just about a year and half left in office, Barack Obama has sharpened his focus on shaping his record as the 44th US President. At a time in US history where decisions about energy and the environment are perhaps more pressing and scrutinized than ever, Obama’s environmental legacy is particularly important.


Sacred Cow Gets Controversial, Closer Look: Energy Efficiency
By Cathryn Courtin

Energy efficiency is the centerpiece of U.S. climate policy. It is regarded as perhaps the most politically viable and business-friendly policy option for reducing carbon emissions. It is, as environmental economist Dr. Arik Levinson puts it, a “sacred cow” among environmentalists. Based on his recent research, however, Levinson contends that energy efficiency policies may not deliver the energy savings and thus the emissions reductions they promise. 


Climate Change Affects Cherry Tree Peak Bloom Times
By Amy Kelley

The rain held off for a private tour of the tidal basin cherry trees by WCEE attendees who received a mid-day treat of cherry blossom beauty, served with a side of history and science. National Park Service Park Ranger Dorene Ruffing, and National Park Service Climate Scientist, Dr. Patrick Gonzalez, led the tour among DC’s iconic cherry trees. Ruffing explained how Eliza Scidmore, a writer, photographer and geographer who became the first female board member of the National Geographic Society, lobbied tirelessly for 24 years, from 1885 to 1909, to bring the trees from Japan to help beautify DC.


Brown Bag Becomes Lunch+Learn

The Current has heard rumblings of confusion over the name change of our lunchtime WCEE events from "Brown Bag" to "Lunch & Learn." The editors reached out to Board Member and Lunch & Learn Committee Chair Roxolana Kashuba to get the inside story and clear up the following questions.


Legislative Roundtable Recap
By Johanna Koolemans-Beynen

More than 70 people listened to high-level Congressional staff from key House and Senate committees who are intimately involved in drafting energy and environmental legislation at a July 13 WCEE Legislative Roundtable at the American Gas Association.



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Executive Editor:
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Emily Orler, Maryanne Hatch, Pat Courtney Strong, Cathryn Courtin, Mary Fay, Amy Kelley, Johanna Koolemans-Beynen

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