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Energy & Environment

Discussion Group Chair: Kevin Soubly

The Energy and Environment Discussion Group meets monthly to discuss the most pressing, challenging, and often the most controversial issues in the environmental and energy policy spheres. Our diverse members stem from public, private, and non-profit sectors and have the opportunity to discuss and debate country or regional specific issues, as well as broader thematic issues that shape international dialogue.

Conversations are interdisciplinary, including geopolitical, economic, and security factors as well as domestic political and societal elements. We also deep-dive into specifics with renewable energy portfolios, carbon tax policies, fracking techniques, ocean acidification, nuclear safety, and biotechnology.

Solving complex issues requires a diverse skill-set, so we look for group members who represent the full spectrum of private, government, and nonprofit sectors.

Sample Topics:

  • Geopolitical Impacts of China's Environmental Policies
  • Global Food Security and Water Scarcity
  • African Agricultural Development
  • Climate Change and US National Security
  • Carbon Finance and REDD
  • Smartgrids and Energy Infrastructure
  • Natural Gas and Fracking
  • The Keystone Pipeline
  • E-waste
  • Nuclear Iran

Membership Criteria:

Required:

  • Interest in environmental security, energy policy or finance, emissions trading, clean tech, or global environmental issues
  • Commitment to being an active and regular contributor to the group - we meet monthly with other ad-hoc events interspersed
  • A positive attitude and desire to meet other great people who work with in the field
  • Critical thinking skills and a willingness to actively contribute respectful and thoughtful comments to discussions and debates

Desirable:

  • Specific background in environmental security, energy policy or finance, emissions trading, clean tech, or global environmental issues
  • Willingness to take on additional responsibilities such as planning discussions and events, writing blog posts, and contributing to occasional group publications