The world has witnessed a new era of cooperation on climate change between the United States and China. This cooperation between the world’s two largest economies and carbon emitters played a fundamental role in the international negotiations leading up to the adoption of the Paris Agreement in December 2015. This includes, in particular, the joint announcement of their respective post-2020 climate actions in November 2014 and the crafting of common visions on key issues related to the Paris Outcome in September 2015. The world has high expectations that the United States and China will enhance their future collaboration on climate change. These expectations will be the cornerstone of translating the Paris vision into action. Furthermore, the Joint Presidential Statement released in March 2016 also stressed that “joint efforts by the United States and China on climate change will serve as an enduring legacy of the partnership between our two countries”.
The event will be held on Thursday, February 16th from 6-8pm in Starr Auditorium, and is part of the “Rational Middle Energy Series,” a Shell-funded project whose goal is to use documentary film to spark balanced discussion about energy issues from various points of view. The event will involve a screening of two short 10 minute films on controversial issues related to energy and climate (“The Great Transition” and “The Methane Question”), followed by a panel discussion between Henry Lee, Greg Guidry of Shell Unconventionals, and Mark Browstein of the Environmental Defense Fund. We will then move to Q&A and hope to generate a good discussion with audience members.
6:00 – 6:30 PM Drinks and snacks will be served
6:30 – 8:00 PM Short Film Screening & Panel Session followed by Q&A
Mark Brownstein is the Vice President in the Climate and Energy Program at Environmental Defense Fund. Mark leads EDF’s work on the oil and gas industry with particular focus on methane emissions and the risks to public health and environment associated with unconventional oil and gas development. In addition, he specializes in a variety of electric and gas utility-related policy and regulatory issues. Prior to joining EDF, Mark held a variety of business strategy and environmental management positions within Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), one of the largest electric and gas utility holding companies in the United States.
Mark’s career includes time as an attorney in private environmental practice, an air quality regulator with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and an aide to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Mark is a member of the Electric Power Research Institute’s Public Advisory Board, the University of Pennsylvania’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy Advisory Board, and the Keystone Center Energy Board.
Mark is an adjunct professor of law at New York University Law School where he co-teaches a seminar on public policy and energy project finance. He has also taught energy policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Mark holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, and a B.A. from Vassar College.
Greg Guidry was named Executive Vice President for Shell’s Upstream Americas Unconventionals business in January, 2013. The Unconventionals business is primarily focused on tight/shale oil and gas onshore exploration opportunities, development and production across the Americas. Prior to his current role, Greg was based in the Hague since 2009 and led Shell’s upstream business in eight European countries as well as responsibility for Shell’s midstream gas supply operations in nineteen countries. He also had global functional responsibility for Production in Shell’s global upstream activities.
Greg joined Shell in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1982. His career has included roles as an Exploration, Development and Asset Manager in the Gulf of Mexico as well as Planning and Strategy Manager for Shell's US upstream business along with work in the areas of well engineering, reservoir engineering and operations management. From 2007 to 2009, Greg was based in Calgary and worked on the integration of Shell Canada’s exploration and production activities into global Shell’s upstream business. Greg subsequently led Shell’s onshore oil and gas production activities for the whole of North America onshore.
Greg Guidry is the Chairman of Aera Energy and the Chair of the American Petroleum Institute (API) Upstream Committee. He has a Mechanical Engineering degree and chairs the Dean's Advisory Board of the Louisiana State University College of Engineering. He is a registered professional petroleum engineer in the State of Louisiana.
Henry Lee is the Jassim M. Jaidah Family Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Program within the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Faculty Co-Chair of the Sustainability Science Program, and a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy. He also serves on the board of the school's Middle East Initiative. Before joining the School in 1979, Mr. Lee spent nine years in Massachusetts state government as Director of the State's Energy Office and Special Assistant to the Governor for environmental policy. He has served on numerous state, federal, and private boards, and advisory committees on both energy and environmental issues. Additionally, he has worked with private and public organizations, including the InterAmerican Development Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the State of Sao Paulo, the U.S. Departments of Energy and Interior, the National Research Council, the Intercontinental Energy Corporation, General Electric, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the U.S. EPA. His recent research interests focus on energy and transportation, China's energy policy, and public infrastructure projects in developing countries. Mr. Lee is the author of recent papers on both the U.S. and China, the economic viability of electric vehicles, as well as overseeing or writing case studies on Iceland's green energy agenda, Liberia's electricity sector, the privatization of Rio de Janeiro's airport, climate adaptation in South Florida, and the carbon tax in British Columbia.
Gregory Kallenberg (Moderator) is the director and a producer of the Rational Middle Energy Series. He deeply believes that people can come together to find balanced and rational solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, including utilizing viable sources of energy for the future.
Before the Rational Middle Energy Series, Kallenberg directed and produced Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for an Energy Future, a documentary chronicling a large natural gas discovery in northwest Louisiana and its effect on three individual’s lives. Haynesville played at conferences, universities and prestigious festivals like SXSW and the Aspen Ideas Festival. The film also received its network television premiere on CNBC in November 2010. Kallenberg has also spoken about the future of energy at engagements across the globe including TEDx, Bucknell University’s Environmental Symposium on Shale Gas and Rice University’s “Distinguished Speaker’s Series.”
Kallenberg’s background includes writing and story editing for the award-winning production house Bluefield Productions. He has also written for Esquire Magazine, the New York Times, the Austin American Statesman, among other publications. Kallenberg graduated from the University of Texas where he received a degree in Film. He also attended the film program at the University of Southern California.
The Rational Middle Energy Series is sponsored by Shell. The views expressed are those of the speakers and may not necessarily reflect the views of Shell or any of its affiliates. Shell and its affiliates also provide grants and other funds to some of the educational and other institutions with which some of the speakers are associated.