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Project Title: Incorporating Sustainability in the US Environmental Protection Agency

PIN: PGA-STS-10-04        

Major Unit:
Policy and Global Affairs

Sub Unit: Science & Technology for Sustainability Program


Moses, Marina

Subject/Focus Area:  Energy and Energy Conservation; Environment and Environmental Studies; Policy for Science and Technology

Committee Membership
Date Posted:   12/07/2010

Dr. Bernard D. Goldstein - (Chair)
University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Bernard Goldstein (IOM) is Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. He served as the Dean of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. He also served as the Founding Director of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, a joint program of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School from 1986-2001. He was the Chair of the Department of Environmental and Community Medicine, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School from 1980-2001. Dr. Goldstein served as Acting Dean of the UMDNJ-School of Public Health from 1998 to 1999, the first year of its formation. He is a physician, board certified in Internal Medicine and Hematology; board certified in Toxicology. He is the author of over two hundred articles and book chapters related to environmental health sciences and to public policy. Dr. Goldstein was Assistant Administrator for Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1983-1985. His past activities include Member and Chairman of the NIH Toxicology Study Section; EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee; and the National Board of Public Health Examiners. He is a Member of the Institute of Medicine where he has co-chaired the Section on Public Health, Biostatistics, and Epidemiology. He has also served as chair or member of numerous Institute of Medicine or National Research Council committees. Dr. Goldstein has also served as president of the Society for Risk Analysis, vice president and editor in chief of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), and as a member of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council (NAEHS).

Dr. Neil C. Hawkins
The Dow Chemical Company

Dr. Neil Hawkins currently serves as Vice President of Sustainability and Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) for The Dow Chemical Company. In this global role, he leads Dow’s sustainability strategy and team, and drives implementation of Dow’s transformational 2015 Sustainability Goals. Dr. Hawkins also leads Dow’s global organizations for Product Safety, Regulatory Affairs, Health Services, EH&S Auditing, and Remediation. Dr. Hawkins joined Dow in 1988 and has served in a wide range of EH&S, Operations, and Public Policy roles across the company. Previously, Dr. Hawkins led EH&S and Security programs for a major Dow manufacturing and R&D site, and was global EH&S Director for the world’s largest commodity chemical business. Dr. Hawkins is also a widely recognized expert in sustainability and environmental policy. He serves on the Green Chemistry Science Advisory Panels of both California and Michigan. Dr. Hawkins is a member of the International Leadership Council for The Nature Conservancy, and Board member of The Keystone Center and Global Water Challenge. He holds masters and doctoral degrees from Harvard University, School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech. He and his family are very active in disability advocacy.

Dr. Armistead G. Russell
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Armistead Russell is the Georgia Power Distinguished Professor and Coordinator of Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor Russell arrived at Georgia Tech in 1996, from Carnegie Mellon University, and has expertise in air quality engineering, with particular emphasis in air quality modeling, air quality monitoring and analysis. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology in 1980 and 1985, conducting his research at Caltech's Environmental Quality Laboratory. His B.S. is from Washington State University (1979). Dr. Russell has been a member of a number of the National Research Council's committees, including chairing the Committee to Review EPA's Mobile Model and chairing the committee on Carbon Monoxide Episodes in Meteorological and Topographical Problem Areas, and serving on the committee on Tropospheric Ozone Formation and Measurement, the committee on ozone forming potential of reformulated fuels and the committee on Risk Assessment of Hazardous Air Pollutants. Recently, he served on two EPA SAB subcommittees: the CASAC subcommittee on the National Ambient Air Monitoring Strategy and the subcommittee on Air Quality Modeling Subcommittee of the Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis. He was also a member of the EPA FACA Subcommittee on Ozone, Particulate Matter and Regional Haze, the North American Research Strategy for Tropospheric Ozone and California's Reactivity Science Advisory Committee. Previously he was on the Office of Science, Technology and Policy's Oxygenated Fuels Program Review and various National Research Council program reviews, and a committee to review a Canadian NRC program.

Ms. Susanna Sutherland
City of Knoxville

Ms. Susanna Sutherland has a degree from the University of Tennessee in Environmental Studies with Forestry minor, and an M.S. in Biosystems Engineering Technology with an emphasis on water quality. She has worked with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and in the Tennessee State Park system. She also worked with the Tennessee Valley Authority, first in Environmental Policy and Planning in both Alabama and Tennessee, and later in River Operations and Environment. In 2007, Susanna came to the City of Knoxville as the South Waterfront Development's Project Manager, and in 2009 became the City's Program Manager of Sustainability. Current responsibilities include implementing the City’s DOE grants, staffing the efforts of the Energy & Sustainability Task Force, and chairing Knoxville’s electric vehicle advisory board. Overarching goals include incorporating efficient and sustainable best practices into municipal operations, and promoting environmental responsibility in the Knoxville community as an economic driver.

Ms. Leslie Carothers
Environmental Law Institute

Ms. Leslie Carothers is President of the Environmental Law Institute. ELI is an independent, non-partisan education and research organization working to protect the environment by improving law, policy, and management. She has been a professional environmentalist for over 30 years. Before her election as ELI president in June 2003, she served for 11 years as Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety at United Technologies Corporation (UTC) in Hartford, a diversified manufacturer of products for the aerospace and building systems markets. She also served as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection from 1987-1991 and Senior Environmental Counsel for PPG Industries, a manufacturing company in Pittsburgh, from 1982-1987. She began her environmental career with the federal Environmental Protection Agency in the air pollution program in Washington in 1971 and later served as Enforcement Director, Deputy Regional Administrator, and Acting Regional Administrator of EPA’s New England Region in Boston. In 1991, she was an adjunct lecturer on environmental regulation at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is a past member and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Audubon Society and the Environmental Law Institute and a past member of the Board of the Nature Conservancy (Connecticut Chapter). She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Strategies for the Global Environment (Pew Center on Global Climate Change). She is a graduate of Smith College and Harvard Law School and also holds a Masters Degree in environmental law from George Washington University.

Dr. J. Clarence Davies
Resources for the Future

Dr. Clarence Davies is a Senior Fellow at the Resources for the Future. He is a political scientist who, during the last 30 years, has written several books and numerous articles about environmental policy. He chaired the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Decision Making for Regulating Chemicals in the Environment. In addition, while serving as a consultant to the President's Advisory Council on Executive Organization, he co-authored the reorganization plan that created the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He received a Ph.D. in American Government from Columbia University and a B.A., cum laude from Dartmouth College.

Mr. John C. Dernbach
Widener University

Mr. John Dernbach is Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of Environmental Law Center at Widener University School of Law. His scholarship focuses on sustainable development and climate change, and he teaches a variety of courses, including environmental law, international environmental law, sustainability and the law, and climate change. He has served as director of the Policy Office at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, which is responsible for developing and coordinating policy and regulatory initiatives for DEP, including the integration of sustainable development concepts into DEP programs. Mr. Dernbach has written more than thirty articles for law reviews and peer-reviewed journals, and has authored, coauthored, or contributed chapters to thirteen books. He is the editor of Agenda for a Sustainable America (Environmental Law Institute Press, January 2009) and Stumbling Toward Sustainability (Environmental Law Institute Press 2002), comprehensive assessments of U.S. sustainable development activities that include recommendations for future efforts. He is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and served from 2005 to 2008 on the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Paul Gilman
Covanta Energy Corporation

Dr. Paul Gilman joined Covanta in 2008 as Covanta Energy’s first Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer. He is responsible for Covanta’s safety, health and environmental compliance programs, and for sustainability initiatives that further reducing Covanta’s environmental impact while increasing the use of its technologies. Before joining Covanta, Dr. Gilman was the Director of the Oak Ridge Center for Advanced Studies. He served as the Assistant Administrator for Research and Development and Science Advisor at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2002 until 2004. Prior to joining EPA, he was Director for Policy Planning at Celera Genomics. Dr. Gilman was previously the Executive Director of life sciences and agriculture divisions of the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering. In addition, Dr. Gilman has held several senior government positions, including Associate Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Natural Resources, Energy, and Science, and Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Energy for technical matters. He has 13 years of experience working on the staff of the United States Senate in several capacities, including as a Congressional Science Fellow sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Michael C. Kavanaugh
Geosyntec Consultants

Dr. Michael Kavanaugh is a Principal of Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., an engineering and consulting firm with offices throughout the United States and abroad. His research interests have included hazardous waste management, soil and groundwater remediation, process engineering, industrial waste treatment, technology evaluations, strategic environmental management, compliance and due diligence auditing, water quality, water and wastewater treatment, and water reuse. He has served as chair to the National Research Council's (NRC) Board on Radioactive Waste Management and the Water Science and Technology Board. Dr. Kavanaugh is a registered chemical engineer in California and Utah, a Diplomat (DEE) of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Stanford University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Stephen Polasky
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Dr. Stephen Polasky (NAS) is the Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics at University of Minnesota. He received a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1986. He previously held faculty positions in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Oregon State University (1993-1999) and the Department of Economics at Boston College (1986-1993). Dr. Polasky was the senior staff economist for environment and resources for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers 1998-1999. He was elected into the National Academy of Sciences in 2010. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007. His research interests include ecosystem services, natural capital, biodiversity conservation, endangered species policy, integrating ecological and economic analysis, renewable energy, environmental regulation, and common property resources. He has served as co-editor and associate editor for the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, as associate editor for International Journal of Business and Economics, and is currently serving as an associate editor for Conservation Letters, Ecology and Society and Ecology Letters.

Dr. Kenneth Ruffing
Organization for Economic Cooperation and

Dr. Kenneth Ruffing is an independent consultant and author specialising in sustainable development, environmental economics and development economics. Among other consultancy assignments, he has advised the United Nations Environment Programme on the Green Economy Project, advised the OECD on sustainable development and on environmental aspects of policy coherence for development, and served as Coordinator of the African Economic Outlook from 2006 to 2009. He was formerly Deputy Director and Chief Economist of the OECD Environment Directorate from 2000 to 2005 where he took a special interest in the issue of decoupling environmental pressure from economic growth. Prior to joining OECD he had a long career with the United Nations, beginning in 1971 while completing his Ph.D. dissertation at Columbia University, entitled: The effects of inflation on the structure and yield of the fiscal system of Chile. He has worked as a development economist for the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean; provided technical assistance in external debt management to developing countries for the UN Conference on Trade and Development; represented the UN at numerous debt rescheduling exercises carried out by the "Paris Club" of official creditors; was Secretary to the UN Committee for Development Policy providing technical expert support for 10 years; prepared the UN macroeconomic forecasts for the world economy based on Project LINK from 1989 to 1993; and served as Deputy Director for the UN Division for Sustainable Development for 7 years. During his long career with international organisations he has conducted research, undertaken scholarly reviews, and published articles on a wide range of sustainable development and economic development issues; environmental and economic development policy integration; natural resource economics (oil, water); macroeconomics, external debt and finance; trade, aid and development; development planning and its integration with public sector budgeting; monetary and fiscal aspects of public policy in developing countries; economic reform processes and economic convergence.

Dr. Lauren Zeise
California Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Lauren Zeise is Chief of the Reproductive and Cancer Hazard Assessment Branch of the California Environmental Protection Agency. She oversees or is otherwise involved in a variety of California's risk assessment activities, including cancer and reproductive toxicant assessments; development of frameworks and methodologies for assessing cumulative impact, nanotechnology, green chemistry/safer alternatives, and susceptible populations; the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program; and health risk characterizations for environmental media, food, fuels and consumer products. Dr. Zeise's research focuses on human interindividual variability, dose response, uncertainty and risk. She was the 2008 recipient of the Society of Risk Analysis’s Outstanding Practitioners Award and is a National Associate of the National Academy of Science’s National Research Council (NRC). She has served on various advisory boards and committees of the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Technology Assessment, World Health Organization, and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. She has also served on a numerous NRC and Institute of Medicine committees and boards, including the committees that produced Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and Strategy, Science and Decisions: Advancing Risk Assessment, and Understanding Risk: Informing Decisions in a Democratic Society. Dr. Zeise received her Ph.D. from Harvard University.