Past Events

Building A Resilient Future

Watch this virtual event, which covered the health impacts of extreme weather worsened by climate change, the disproportionate harm to low-income communities and communities of color, and the need for equitable, climate-resilient infrastructure, including challenges and success stories from local experts. Miami Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava kicked off the event with opening remarks, followed by a panel discussion featuring speakers who discussed how leaders are implementing infrastructure solutions to combat extreme weather and inequity in their communities.

Co-hosted by the Center for Environmental Policy, American Lung Association, and Center for Environmental Filmmaking.

2021 William K. Reilly Awards

The Center for Environmental Policy at the School of Public Affairs held a special event honoring the 2021 winners of the William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership: Peggy Shepard, co-founder and executive director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, and EPA career civil servants, represented by current EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan.

Prioritizing Frontline Communities in Infrastructure Investments

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm Eastern 

The first in a webinar series held by a partnership of the Center for Environmental Policy, the American Lung Association and the AU Center for Environmental Filmmaking focused on opportunities for advancing equity in federal infrastructure efforts. Prioritizing Frontline Communities in Infrastructure Investments will highlight ways to make sure that frontline communities most impacted by major pollution sources, such as transportation, ports, oil & gas development, and power plants, benefit equitably from federal infrastructure efforts currently being pursued by the Biden Administration and Congress. Speakers include: 

  • Andrew Wishnia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy, Department of Transportation

  • Shelley Francis, Co-Founder and Director, EVHybridNoire

  • Mychal Johnson, Co-Founder, South Bronx Unite

  • Carol Kriebs, Chairwoman, National Tribal Air Association

  • Mike Natchees, Director of Air Quality, Ute Tribe Air Quality Department

  • Bakeyah Nelson, Executive Director, Air Alliance Houston

Workforce of the Future Symposium

Thursday, June 3 | 3:00 PM Eastern

In this second of two symposia under the Center's initiative, 21st Century Environmental Protection: Putting Equity at the Top of the Agenda, practitioners will address the workforce needed to achieve fairer and more equitable environmental protection, and meet future environmental challenges. The model characteristics and capabilities of the future environmental workforce will be discussed along with the opportunities for, and challenges of, developing the environmental workforce of the future. 

This initiative is supported by the New York Community Trust and Intel.

Video coming soon.

Technology Opportunities Symposium

The Center for Environmental Policy at American University's School of Public Affairs hosted an interactive symposium that addressed the ways in which technologies can be used to advance fairer, more equitable, and effective environmental protection. The symposium presented a variety of specific technology issues and the ways in which each can play a role in address inequities.

A Conversation with Savi Horne

Watch this conversation featuring Savi Horne, Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers' Land Loss Prevention Project, an organization that provides legal expertise, community education, and advocacy skills to help farmers and rural landowners facing legal, economic, and environmental challenges. Ms. Horne participated in an online dialogue with Dan Fiorino, director of the Center for Environmental Policy.

William K. Reilly Awards for Environmental Leadership

Date: March 21, 2019
Time: 6:00PM
Location: American University, Constitution Hall, East Campus

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Leadership Awardees
Linda Fisher
Kevin J. Fay

Keynote Speaker
Phil Sharp

Conference on EPA and the Future of Environmental Protection

April 23-24, 2019

Following the environmental awakening of the late 1960’s, the US Environmental Protection Agency has helped achieve remarkable environmental progress even as the US economy and population have grown. The Agency has led the world in setting science-based standards and promoting environmental progress through innovative policies, partnerships, and local, regional, national and international negotiations.

Environmental protection in the future, however, may require new approaches, new tools and possibly, new legal authorities.

As EPA's 50th anniversary approaches, this conference will explore EPA's role in leading the nation and the world in meeting future environmental challenges. American University's Center for Environmental Policy and The Washington College of Law Program on Environmental and Energy Law are co-hosting this event, in cooperation with the EPA Alumni Association and the Environmental Law Institute.
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2018 Events

Childrens Health and the Changing Environment

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Time: 8:00-11:30am EST

Location: Arent Fox, 1717 K Street NW, Washington, DC


This symposium will explore the impacts of rollbacks of environmental regulations coupled with intensified climate change on factors such as extreme weather events, air and water quality, green space and other issues that directly impact children's physical and emotional development. Hosted by Arent Fox and convened in partnership with the Childrens Environmental Health Network. Featuring Mark Schleifstein Environment reporter, The Times-Picayune.

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Local Initiatives to Address Global Climate Change in the Trump Era

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018
Time: 7-9pm EST
Location: Spring Valley, Room 100, American University, Washington DC

Join Mary Cheh, DC City Councilmember, Ward 3, Eric Coffman, Chief, Office of Energy and Sustainability, Montgomery County, MD, and John Morrell, Director Energy and Environment Office, Arlington County, VA, for a discussion of the role of local leadership in addressing and facilitating community action on climate change. Convened in partnership with Global Peace Services USA.

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Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Time: 4-5:30pm EST
Location: School of Public Affairs, Kerwin Hall Room 300, American University, Washington, DC

Private sector action provides one of the most promising opportunities to reduce the risks of climate change, buying time while governments move slowly or even oppose climate mitigation. In his new book, Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change, Vanderbilt University Law Professor Mike Vandenbergh (with Jonathan M. Gilligan) draws on law, policy, social science and climate science to demonstrate how private initiatives are already bypassing government inaction in the United States and around the globe. The book makes a persuasive case that private governance can reduce global carbon emissions by a billion tons per year over the next decade.

This discussion will include an examination of the growth of private climate initiatives over the last decade, a theory of why private actors are motivated to reduce emissions, and a review of viable next steps.

Professor Michael P. Vandenbergh is the David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law, Co-Director of the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program, and Director of the Climate Change Research Network at Vanderbilt University Law School. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina (BA, Zoology) and the University of Virginia (JD).

Kevin J. Fay, Vice-Chairman & CEO of Alcalde & Fay, is an internationally recognized specialist on environmental and energy issues with particular emphasis on governmental policies involving the atmosphere and climate. Currently, he serves as Executive Director of the International Climate Change Partnership, a coalition of companies and trade associations working to develop international policies on the global climate change issue. He received his J.D. from American University in Washington DC and is an Honors graduate from the University of Virginia.

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