Regulating Power Plant Emissions in Texas: The Role of EPA
(Director of the Texas Regional Office and Director of the Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund)
November 10th, 5:15-6:15pm
WELCH HALL (WEL) 2.308
Open to all. Refreshments served at 5:00pm
Please settle in by 5:10pm
Jim Marston is the founding director of the Texas office of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), located in Austin, where he has served since its beginning in 1988. Jim is the head of EDF's national Energy Program and also serves as Regional Director of EDF’s Texas Office.
He is also a leader of the Pecan Street Project, a partnership that includes Austin Energy, the University of Texas, the Chamber of Commerce, and several large high/clean tech companies aimed at making fundamental changes in the nation's electricity grid. Jim also helped to design and to advocate for some of the most innovative state legislation in the country including the Texas Renewable Portfolio Standard that led to almost 10,000 MW’s of new wind energy in Texas and the first-in-the-nation “no regrets” global warming law.
Jim was EDF’s State Climate Initiatives director from 2002 until 2009. In that position, he helped direct EDF’s successes in states from the west coast to New England and Florida on a wide-range of legislation and regulations to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. Among EDF’s most important state climate victories was the passage of the California Car Greenhouse Gas Standards in 2002 that ultimately lead to national greenhouse standards for automobiles in 2010 and the passage of AB32 in 2006, the first state legislation with a cap on statewide emissions of greenhouse gases.
17 November, “Our Sustainable Earth”
Speaker: Dr. Ray Orbach, Director, Energy Institute, UT Austin