2018 Environmental Policy and Outlook Conference

Early Light on Lake Katharine - Photo Morgan Paul

Early Light on Lake Katharine - Photo Morgan Paul

Our friends at The Ohio State University invite anyone interested to attend the 2018 Environmental Policy and Outlook Conference. The conference will be held from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm on May 15, 2018, at  the Nationwide Farm Bureau 4H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43221. Attendees should register in advance, but registration is free. For more information, please contact Kelli Trinoskey (614-688-1323).

Here’s the day’s agenda:

Water Quality: Pathways to Sustainability

9:00am – Keynote: Gail Hesse, National Wildlife Federation: “Lake Erie: Finding Smart, Realistic, Sustainable Solutions for a Healthy Lake”

9:45am –  Professor Allen Klaiber: “The Economic Impacts of Harmful Algal Blooms”

10:10am- Professor Brent Sohngen: “How Much Could it Cost to Meet a 40% Reduction in Phosphorus Emissions in the Western Lake Erie Basin?”

10:35am – Break

11:00am – Panel:

  • Karl Gebhardt, Deputy Director for Water Resources, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • Kristy, Meyer, Vice President of Natural Resources Policy, Ohio Environmental Council
  • Yvonne Lesicko, Vice President, Public Policy, Ohio Farm Bureau

12:15pm – Lunch

Energy: Economics and Policy of Renewables and Climate Change

1:00pm – Keynote: Beth Trombold, Commissioner, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO)

1:45pm: – Dave Sims, Avangrid Renewables LLC: “Renewable Energy Markets”

2:15pm – Break

2:30pm –  Scott Weaver, AEP: “AEP’s Clean Energy Future”

3:00pm – Panel – What should the future of energy in Ohio be? How do we get there?

  • Senator Bill Beagle
  • Trish Demeter, Vice President of Policy – Energy, Ohio Environmental Council
  • Michael Shelton, Associate Director for the Office of Energy and Environment, The Ohio State University

4:30pm – Conclusion