July 15, 2014 - Monthly Luncheon Meeting
The EPA’s Clean Power Plan and Clean Energy Opportunities
Administrator, SW Region
Environmental Protection Agency
On June 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its Clean Power Plan, a proposed rule to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. Cities, states, and businesses across the country are already taking action to address the risks of climate change. EPA's proposal builds on those actions and is flexible - -reflecting that different states have a different mix of sources and opportunities, and reflecting the important role of states as full partners with the federal government in cutting pollution. Join Jared Blumenfeld, Administrator of the EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region, to learn more about this Clean Power Plan, as well as other EPA initiatives to support a clean energy economy.
JARED BLUMENFELD was appointed by President Barack to serve as EPA Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest in November 2009. Region 9 is home to more than 48 million people in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands, and 147 tribal nations. During his tenure at EPA Mr. Blumenfeld has taken a number of significant actions including: designating the Los Angeles River as a “protected” under the Clean Water Act; protecting over 5,000 square miles of California’s coastal waters by proposing to ban discharge of sewage from cargo vessels and cruise ships; bringing together diverse stakeholders throughout the San Joaquin Valley to develop solutions to some of the nation’s worst air quality problems; and leading innovative efforts and building partnerships to support the economy, environmental justice communities and air quality in the Goods Movement sectors (ports, rail, truck). Before becoming Regional Administrator, Mr. Blumenfeld was the Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment where he spent eight years as the primary environmental decision-maker for the city. He is a founder of the Business Council on Climate Change, an organization that unites businesses around the challenge of climate change, and has worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Mr. Blumenfeld received his law degrees at the University of London and the University of California, Berkeley.