West Coast Cooperation on Climate Change

A Symposium on Law, Politics, & Intergovernmental Cooperation

Thursday, October 26, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Sponsored by the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center and the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics

As policy solutions to climate change hit roadblocks in Washington DC, state leaders claim the initiative.  Join us in Portland for a fascinating discussion of how Oregon is tackling climate change and working with its neighbors in California and Washington.  The event will feature Oregon DEQ Director Richard Whitman, climate advisors from the Governors’ offices of California, Oregon, and Washington. Oregon Sen. Michael Dembrow and Oregon Rep. Ken Helm will discuss the climate change agenda for the upcoming legislative session. Academic experts will also weigh in on regional cooperation on climate change. 


8:30 a.m.       Coffee & Pastries

9:00 a.m.       Remarks by Richard Whitman, Director, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

As the head of Oregon’s environmental agency, Richard Whitman will explain the importance of climate change to the region and what the state of Oregon is doing about it.

9:45 a.m.        A Conversation with Oregon Legislators

Sen. Michael Dembrow and Rep. Ken Helm chair the environmental committees in the Oregon legislature. Sen. Dembrow and Rep. Helm will provide their views on climate change and the upcoming legislative session.

10:30 am       Break

10:45 am       States Working Together: Governors' Advisors Panel  

The Governors of Oregon, California, and Washington have agreed to work together on energy and climate change. Their lead advisors on these important issues will discuss efforts to reduce carbon pollution from transportation, buildings and the electricity sector.

12:00 pm       Break

12:10 pm       Academic Perspective

Leading academic experts on climate change and energy from the University of Texas and the University of Oregon will provide their insights into the opportunities for the region to effectively address climate change.

1:15 pm         Networking Lunch