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Climate Solutions for the Northeast to take place in Hartford

The First Conference on Implementing State and Regional Climate Change Action Plans

(Hartford, Connecticut – May 7, 2003) – Clean Air Cool Planet, the Northeast’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to finding and promoting solutions to global warming, has announced its plan to spotlight the Regional Climate Change Action efforts in the Northeast states and Eastern Canadian provinces. This will be the first conference focusing exclusively on the solutions and leadership necessary to meet climate action goals adopted by the governors of the New England states, New Jersey and New York, and by the premiers of the eastern Canadian provinces.

The conference, Climate Solutions for the Northeast, will take place on Sunday, May 11, to Tuesday, May 13, at the Hilton Hartford Hotel in downtown Hartford, Conn. It will address the regional challenges of climate change; the role of businesses, communities and higher education institutions in finding solutions; and the resources needed to implement existing state and regional climate change action plans.

“Not only does the conference recognize the importance of reducing greenhouse gases in the Northeast, but it also focuses on the goals and results of specific Climate Change Action plans,” said Arthur H. Diedrick, chairman of development for Connecticut and moderator of the conference’s Northeast Leadership on Renewable Technologies and Alternative Fuels panel. “The event also seeks to gain interest from other leaders to further the progression of such plans.”

Attendees will include:

• Leaders in business seeking market position, operational savings and long-range risk management using greenhouse gas emissions reductions as part of their strategies;
• College and University presidents seeking to enhance the reputation of their institutions and achieve operational cost savings;
• Mayors, selectmen and city councilors seeking innovative local and cost effective solutions;
• Policy makers in state governments responsible for working with the public and private sector and implementing state and regional climate change action plans; and
• Environmental advocates and community leaders.

During the three-day program, participants will have the opportunity to attend several panels and discussions on climate change, as well as an exhibition.

The Northeast Leadership on Renewable Technologies and Alternative Fuels panel will take place on Monday, May 12, at 1:45 p.m., and include a discussion led by Diedrick with four business leaders: Steven Zwolinski, president, GE Wind Energy; Chip Schroeder, president, Proton Energy Systems; Jan van Dokkum, president, UTC Power; and Mark Farber, president and CEO, Evergreen Solar.

“These business leaders have come together to discuss their clean energy technologies as a major solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Richard Barredo, COO, Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. “Committing to climate change is an important endeavor that will have a positive impact on our region’s environment and economic development.”

Keynote speakers at the conference include Denise Nappier, the Treasurer of the State of Connecticut; Amory Lovins, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute; Frank Cassidy, president and COO of PSEG Power; and the Rev. Sally Bingham, executive director of the Regeneration Project.

For additional information and registration for Climate Solutions for the Northeast, visit www.cleanair-coolplanet.org.

The Climate Solutions for the Northeast is co-sponsored by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund and PSEG Power and supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Keyspan and SmartPower Connecticut. Carbon offsets for this conference are being provided through a contribution from Shaw’s Supermarkets.