The Week Ahead: Bloomberg BNA to Livestream From 2012 GreenGov Symposium


Bloomberg BNA will livestream the 2012 GreenGov Symposium, organized by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Association of Climate Change Officers, Sept. 24-25, beginning with the opening day plenary session at 8:45 a.m. ET.

The symposium, being held in Washington, D.C., will feature officials from government, the private sector, nonprofits, and academia who will discuss opportunities to expand clean energy use, curb pollution, and incorporate other sustainable practices into the federal government's operations.

Participants will share sustainability challenges and best practices and discuss cutting-edge approaches to achieving federal performance goals set by President Obama in October 2009 under Executive Order 13514. The order directs federal agencies to conserve resources, cut pollution, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent by 2020.

The symposium will cover clean energy, energy and water efficiency, fleet management, getting to zero waste, green buildings, and greening the supply chain, among other topics.

The link to the livestream and more information on the agenda for the web-streamed sessions is available here.

National Academies Report

The National Academies will launch a National Research Council report Sept. 27 in Washington, D.C., titled Sustainability Considerations for Procurement Tools and Capabilities. The report is based on a National Academies workshop held last year that featured presentations and discussions on green purchasing tools in the private and public sectors and how to identify opportunities and emerging requirements for enhanced and new tools. The workshop included participants from federal, state, and local governments and industry.

Climate Advisory Committee

A federal advisory committee for the National Climate Assessment will hold a public meeting Sept. 27 in Washington, D.C. The committee is reviewing draft material for the third assessment, due to Congress by June 2013. The report is expected to focus on climate change adaptation and mitigation.

EPA Deadline for E15

The Environmental Protection Agency faces a Sept. 24 deadline set by House Republicans to specify which statutory authority it used to set minimum purchase requirements for filling stations selling gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15). As detailed in a Sept. 11 World Climate Change Reportarticle, some House members claim EPA overstepped its Clean Air Act authority when it told gas stations selling E15 and gasoline containing 10 percent ethanol (E10) from a single dispenser to require customers to purchase a minimum of four gallons. The four-gallon requirement is intended to prevent any residual E15 in the hose from causing smaller engines not approved for the fuel to malfunction, according to EPA.

Bloomberg BNA Energy Webinar

Bloomberg BNA will host a webinar Sept. 27 on "Clean Technology and Energy Efficiency: Benchmarking Trends and Market Impacts on U.S. Organizations." The webinar will feature a discussion of data from a Bloomberg BNA and EnergyBoom Media survey of North American governments and more than 300 companies on their energy-use strategies.

DOE to Discuss Washer Efficiency

On Sept. 24, the Department of Energy will hold a public meeting in Washington, D.C., on a draft framework for energy efficiency standards for commercial clothes washers. The department is considering whether to amend water and energy conservation standards. More details appear in an Aug. 10 article.

EU, Israel to hold First Meeting on Energy, Water

On Sept. 27 EU and Israeli representatives will hold their first meeting in Israel under a five-year memorandum of understanding to step up scientific cooperation on energy and water projects. As detailed in a July 13 article, the memorandum will be implemented by Israel's Energy and Water Resources Ministry and the European Commission's Joint Research Center.

 Climate Week NYC

The fourth annual Climate Week NYC will take place Sept. 24-30 in New York. This year’s focus will be on “An American Clean Revolution” and how communities are responding to threats posed by climate change. The event is being sponsored by The Climate Group, the Carbon Disclosure Project, the U.N. Global Compact, the U.N. Foundation, New York City, the World Bank, and other international business, government, and nonprofit groups.