Biden's First 100 Days: Efficiency and Equity in Climate Action

April 22, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

On Earth Day, this dynamic webinar will explore the role of energy efficiency and equity in federal climate policy. We will look at the Biden administration's progress to date in grappling with these issues and what's ahead. As President Biden nears 100 days in office, panelists will discuss how his infrastructure proposal and emerging ideas on Capitol Hill can best reduce energy waste and emissions while also helping low-income households and communities of color. They will share ideas for using efficiency to address the climate crisis. 

Moderator: Steven Nadel, executive director, ACEEE 

Steve, who has worked in the energy efficiency field for more than 40 years and has over 200 publications, joined ACEEE in 1989 and has served as executive director since 2001. Before ACEEE, Steve worked for Massachusetts’ largest electric utility and largest environmental group and worked with an inner-city housing organization in Connecticut. He earned a M.S. in energy management from the N.Y. Institute of Technology and a M.A. in environmental studies and B.A. in government from Wesleyan University. 


Carolyn Snyder, director of Climate Protection Partnerships Division, Environmental Protection Agency  

Carolyn previously served as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, a White House fellow in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and director of Delaware's Division of Energy & Climate.  She earned a Ph.D. in environment and resources from Stanford University, master's degrees as a Marshall Scholar from Oxford and Cambridge, and a B.A. from Amherst College.  Her scientific research has been published in Nature, Paleoceanography, and Climatic Change. 

Katie McGinty, vice president and chief sustainability, government, and regulatory affairs officer, Johnson Controls 

Katie helps drive JCI's top-tier sustainability performance and promotes government policies encouraging smart buildings and energy efficiency. She previously served as chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, deputy assistant to President Clinton(1993-1998), Pennsylvania's Secretary of Environmental Protection (2003-2008), and chair of the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (2004-2008). She holds a B.S. in chemistry from St. Joseph's University and a law degree from Columbia University. 

Fatima Maria Ahmad, senior counsel, U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis 

Fatima previously served as a senior solutions fellow at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and as special assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Fish & Wildlife & Parks at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), where she helped DOI license 10,000 MW of wind, solar, and geothermal energy. In 2018, Fatima was elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her B.A. with distinction in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. 


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