McLaughlin to Participate in Gathering of Nation's Environmental Leaders

From July 8-10, Nancy McLaughlin, Robert W. Swenson Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, will participate in a high-level workshop featuring many of the nation’s top environmental leaders and policy experts at the Pocantico Conference Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in Pocantico Hills, New York.

The 2009 Berkley workshop will convene a group of innovators in the fields of land conservation and energy policy. Participants will discuss a range of issues, including the effect of energy development on high-value open spaces, the development of biofuels, wind power, and other sources of alternative energy, mitigation credits, and other topics related to the expansion of energy infrastructure and efforts to conserve open space.

In addition to McLaughlin, other environmental leaders invited to participate include Kim Elliman, CEO, Open Space Institute; Culter Cleveland, Professor and Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Boston University; Dan Reicher, Director, Climate and Energy Initiatives, Google.Org; Rob Sokolow, Professor and Co-Director, The Carbon Mitigation Initiative, Princeton University; Sue Deen Kelly, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and Larry Mansueti, Director, State & Regional Assistance Planning, Siting, and Analysis Division, US Department of Energy.

The “Land Conservation and Energy Infrastructure: Threats and Opportunities” workshop is the fourth in a series providing convening and research support for efforts to expand and apply the financial, political, and personnel resources available for land conservation in the U.S.  It is made possible by the 2005 gift by Forrest Berkley and Marcie Tyre to the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, as well as additional financial support from the Overhills and Pequot Capital Foundations.