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
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
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.