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Leading from the front: Washington state as the next US climate champion

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

11:00 AM PT

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As the climate crisis builds, decisive actions from the public and private sector, particularly at the state level, are vital to promoting a green economic recovery, strengthening US competitiveness in climate technologies, and keeping global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius. Washington state, a climate policy leader and longstanding hydroelectric powerhouse, is poised to play an outsized role in leading the United States in a race to the top for clean energy solutions and green economic development. Governor Jay Inslee, the self-proclaimed climate candidate in the 2020 Democratic primaries, Washington state’s ambitious state legislature, and several major companies based in the Evergreen State are pushing ahead to set a positive example for the United States and the world to follow.

Jay Inslee, Washington State Governor

Panel discussion:
Reuven Carlyle, Washington State Senator
Brian Janous, General Manager of Energy & Renewables at Microsoft
Kerry Meade, Executive Director at the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council
Debra Smith, General Manager & Chief Executive Officer at Seattle City Light

Moderated by:
Julia Pyper, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center

Opening remarks:
Frederick Kempe, Chief Executive Officer at the Atlantic Council
Daniel Schwartz, Director at the Clean Energy Institute, Boeing-Sutter Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington