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Joint Center, Ecotrust Webinar to Spotlight Report
On Climate Policies that Maximize Short-term Health Benefits
WASHINGTON, DC—The Joint Center, in partnership with Ecotrust, recently hosted a launch event to release the groundbreaking report entitled, Cooling the Planet, Clearing the Air: Should Climate Policies Give Extra Credit for Maximizing Short-term Health Benefits? by Professors Manuel Pastor and James Boyce. The Honorable James E. Clyburn, the Assistant Democratic Leader in the House of Representatives, was guest speaker and discussed the importance of the report before a packed room.
In response to requests, a webinar with the authors will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 12 noon EST/ 9 a.m. PST to share the findings and policy recommendations and take questions from a national audience. This is the first national level study to take a careful look at the potential to reduce harmful air pollution as part of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The report argues that we need to build GHG reduction into energy policy not simply for efficiency reasons – why leave public health benefits lying on the ground? – but also for equity reasons: the facilities that emit GHGs and the associated co-pollutants are disproportionately in low-income communities and communities of color.
WHAT: Webinar for climate, clean air and public health leaders on the new report, Cooling the Planet, Clearing the Air: Climate Policy, Carbon Pricing and Co-Benefits.
WHO: Authors James Boyce, Ph.D., of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Manuel Pastor, Ph.D., of the University of Southern California.
WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 at 12 noon ET/ 9 am PT. REGISTRATION HERE.
SPONSORS: The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and Ecotrust. Kristen A. Sheeran (Director, Economics for Equity and the Environment Network) and Danielle Deane (Director, Energy and Environment Program at the Joint Center) will moderate the discussion.
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is one of the nation's leading research and public policy institutions and the only one whose work focuses primarily on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color. To learn more, please visit www.jointcenter.org.
Ecotrust's mission is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies and ecosystems here and around the world. Over more than 20 years, Ecotrust has converted $80 million in grants into more than $500 million in capital for local people, businesses, and organizations from Alaska to California. Ecotrust's many innovations include co-founding the world's first environmental bank, starting the world's first ecosystem investment fund, creating a range of programs in fisheries, forestry, food, farms and indigenous affairs, and developing new scientific and information tools to improve social, economic and environmental decision making. Ecotrust works locally in ways that promise hope abroad, and it takes inspiration from the wisdom of Native and First Nation leadership. Learn more at www.ecotrust.org and join us on Twitter and Facebook.