Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York


Ethical Dimensions of Environmental Regulation and
Economics in the 21st Century

April 20, 2010
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

McNally Amphitheatre, Lincoln Center Campus
140 W. 62nd Street, New York City

and the Environmental Protection Agency

Support for this conference was generously provided by National Grid

With presentations from a number of distinguished and well-known academics, business leaders, regulatory officers and ethics scholars, this multidisciplinary conference explores the intersections and tensions between the ethics of environmental sustainability, the workings of markets, and the roles of government and civil society in protecting and advancing an ecologically responsible common good in the 21st century.
8:30 a.m.   Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m.   Welcome Address
Joseph M. McShane, S.J.
President, Fordham University

9:15 a.m.   Conference Overview
Celia B. Fisher
Marie Ward Doty Chair and Professor of Psychology, and Director, Center for Ethics Education, Fordham University
9:20 a.m.   Panel 1

Climate Change: What We Know, What We Regulate,
and How It Affects Individuals and Markets

This panel will address the basic facts, rationale, and stakes involved in debates concerning environmental sustainability from the points of view of environmental science, environmental health, regulation and economics.
Regulating to Control for Climate Change
Ellen Kurlansky
Policy Analyst, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
This talk will focus on actions EPA is taking now to control climate change and why that is a very good thing for the environment and for the economy.
Business beyond Copenhagen: Low-carbon Strategies in an Uncertain Era
David L. Levy
Professorand Chair, Department of Management and Marketing, University of Massachusetts, Boston
The transition to a global low-carbon economy will require the large-scale mobilization of financial, technological, and organizational resources, the vast majority of which will have to come from the private sector. This presentation will examine the drivers of corporate investment in low-carbon technologies, products, and services, and assess the prospects for maintaining the momentum of business engagement post-Copenhagen. [Click here to view the presentation that accompanied this talk.]
Health Effects of Global Climate Change
Pai-Yei Whung

Chief Scientist, Office of the Science Advisor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Climate change endangers human health. An overview of global climate change will be presented with an emphasis on human health effects. Gaps in our knowledge of climate change and human health will be identified, as will the implications of these on environmental policy. [Click here to view the presentation that accompanied this talk.]
10:35 a.m.   Break

10:45 a.m   Panel 2

Environmental Stewardship:
Moral Priorities from Faith, Philosophical and Legal Perspectives

This panel will provide an overview of theological, philosophical and legal considerations from nationally recognized scholars.

Ethics: The Crucial Missing Element in the U.S. Climate Change Debate
Donald A. Brown
Associate Professor, Environmental Ethics, Science and Law,
Penn State University; Director, Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium; Director, Collaborative Program on Ethical Dimensions of Climate Change
This talk will explain why climate change policy discussions in the United States must consider the ethical dimensions of policy formation. It will also identify the major ethical issues that must be confronted in climate change policy formation. [The presentation that accompanied this talk is available in three parts. Click here to view them: part one, part two, part three.]
The Challenge of the Perfect Moral Storm
Stephen Gardiner
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Program on Values in Society, University of Washington, Seattle
Global environmental problems such as climate change pose a deep ethical challenge. This talk sets out some basic elements of that challenge and considers some of its implications for contemporary institutions and political theories. [Click here to view the presentation that accompanied this talk.]
'And God Saw that It Was Good’: Why Religion’s Resources for Ecological Ethics Are Not More Effective
Elizabeth A. Johnson
Distinguished Professor of Theology, Fordham University
Although religions of both East and West bear worldviews that connect the natural world with the sacred and promote the practice of virtue, they have not been effective in stanching human practices that degrade the environment. After naming key religious resources for ecological ethics, this talk proposes that their impact is blunted by idolatry of the market in which organized religions themselves participate.

12:00 p.m.   Lunch

1:15 p.m.   Special Address

The Administrator's Priorities for EPA's Future
Warren Lux
Human Subjects Research Review Official and Director, Program in Human Research Ethics,
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Click here to view the presentation that accompanied this talk.

The evening prior to the conference, Lux made a presentation at a dinner for the conference speakers, Fordham faculty, staff, and trustees, and invited members of the public. Click here to view the presentation that accompanied this talk.

1:45 p.m.   Panel 3

The Future of Environmental Regulation:
Healthy Environments and Healthy Markets

This panel will address the role of conflict and cooperation between government regulation and business with suggestions for environmentally beneficial policies and practices.

The Power of Public-Private Partnerships in the New Energy Economy
John Caroselli

Executive Vice President, National Grid
National Grid is a leading international energy company with a strong focus on fostering public-private efforts to advance energy efficiency and preserve the environment. This presentation will highlight some of the successful projects that National Grid has completed and touch upon some exciting new opportunities for the future. [The presentation that accompanied this talk is available in three parts. Click here to view them: part one, part two, part three.]
Regulatory and Partnership Approaches to Climate Change Mitigation
John Filippelli

Chief, Strategic Planning and Multi-media Programs Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
In the years prior to 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) climate change mitigation efforts were primarily partnership, or voluntary, programs. Over the last 15 months the Agency has taken a number of regulatory initiatives to address climate change. Even with the new regulatory emphasis, EPA has retained partnership climate change programs. This presentation will consist of a summary of EPA's partnership and regulatory climate initiatives, and the potential direction of EPA's climate change program. [Click here to view the presentation that accompanied this talk.]

2:50 p.m.   Break
3:00 p.m.   Panel 4

Continuing the Conversation

During the final panel, all speakers will have the opportunity to challenge, respond and debate one another. It will also include audience questions and comments.

4:00 p.m.   Conference Reception

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