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Sustainability: Reviving the Federal Role

  • 2060 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

**Open to Members, Staff, and Interns**

Monday, June 10 12:00pm – 1:00pm

2060 Rayburn House Office Building

If you believe sustainability = “going green,” then this briefing is for you! Sustainability, properly understood, is the integration of environmental protection, economic development and social justice.

Outside of the Beltway, the private and public sectors have been putting sustainability into practice. Business and industry are now our leading champions for sustainable business practices and corporate social responsibility (CSR) with an explosion of interest in sustainable supply chain management, sustainability reporting, and impactful initiatives that go well beyond legal compliance. Sustainability thinking has permeated financial decision making under the banner of ES&G which embraces environment, social and governance factors/analytics. There is longstanding strong interest in the U.S. at the community and regional level in sustainability initiatives and approaches.

However, As Ira Feldman writes in The Hill:

“The weak link in the U.S. sustainability field is federal policy. I am hardly suggesting that the federal government lead on sustainability, but going forward, it must be in the mix.” 

This briefing will provide an overview of the state of sustainability in the United States (including background, myths, and progress in absence of a national sustainability framework). The speakers will provide insights into how consideration of a sustainability framework can assist Congress as it develops responses to climate change, the quintessential sustainability issue of our time.

Date: Monday, June 10

Time: 12-1:00 PM

Place: 2060 Rayburn House Office Building

RSVP: jeremy@SymonsPA.com 

Speakers:

Ira Feldman, President and General Counsel at Greentrack Strategies, is a life-long leader in the sustainability field in the private and public sectors. Ira recently wrote an opinion commentary for The Hill, titled “The Green New Deal: Is it sustainable?”

Alan Horowitz is Principal and Managing Director of Trusted Companies LLC. Alan previously led the Global EHS and Operations Compliance function for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and served as General Manager, Environment Health Safety & Compliance, for Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure & Operations.

Moderator: 

Jeremy Symons, Principal, Symons Public Affairs. Formerly: Vice President for Political Affairs, Environmental Defense Fund; Deputy Staff Director, Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works.

To RSVP or for additional information, please contact jeremy@SymonsPA.com. Space is limited, so please RSVP if you plan to attend.