North America

The WASHINGTON D.C. Dialogue: October 11-12, 2011

Summary of Dialogue is available here.

Please click here for the Agenda (NEW: includes presentation by Dr. Henry “Jake” Jacoby).

For a brief 2-page backgrounder on the Green Economies Dialogue and the Washington DC meeting, click here.

The DC Dialogue, hosted by Resources for the Future (RFF) on October 11-12, 2011, saw the participation of over 50 representatives from the private sector, US government, and academia.

Issue framers” included:

Charles Schultze (right), Senior Fellow Emeritus, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution

Henry “Jake” Jacoby, Professor of Management and Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, MIT

Barry Bosworth, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution

Photos (above and left): Charles Schultze speaking on the “Green economy, industrial policy and green jobs”panel. Please refer to the “Green Jobs” portion of the website for more information.

US Government representatives included those from the Department of State, the Environment Protection Agency, and the Department of Energy.

Participants included representatives from the following business associations: the International Chamber of Commerce; the Business Council for

Sustainable Energy; the Canadian Council of Chief Executives; the International Council on Mining and Metals and the following companies: The Exxon Mobil Corporation, General Electric,  Goldman Sachs,  the Monsanto Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Procter & Gamble, and many more.

(Photo: USCIB’s Ronnie Goldberg and Kyung-Ah Park, Goldman Sachs)

Intergovernmental ogranizations included representatives from the UN Environment Programme and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).NGO’s and Think Tanks included fellows and researchers from RFF, The Brookings Institution, the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Nature Conservancy.

Phil Sharp, President of RFF, and Peter Robinson, President & CEO of USCIB opened the 1st Dialogue session on October 12. Excerpts of their Opening Remarks can be viewed below:

Right: Following Phil’s remarks, participants heard from Shalini Vajjhala, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (left); Amy Fraenkel, United Nations Environment Programme North American Regional Office (center); Jan Corfee-Morlot, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (far right). Moderated by Brian P. Flannery, Exxon Mobil Corporation (far left).

Left: Matt Haskins, PricewaterhouseCoopers, speaking on the “Policy Instruments and Finance” panel.


The final panel featured (left to right): Ray Kopp, RFF; Keri Holland, U.S. Department of State; Norine Kennedy, USCIB; Louise Kantrow, ICC. Panelists shared their views on the discussion and how it can be used to promote effective and positive outcomes from Rio+20, and more generally for the issues involved in building international cooperation to move to a greener economy.

The Dialogue session concluded with remarks by Ann Condon (below), Chair of the USCIB Environment Committee; Director & Counsel, EHS programs, Europe, Middle East and Africa, at General Electric.