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George S. Hawkins to Deliver Keynote Address at William K. Reilly Awards, March 8, 2018

The Center for Environmental Policy announces George S. Hawkins, CEO and General Manager of DC Water as the keynote speaker of the 2017 William K. Reilly Awards.

George S. Hawkins serves as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of DC Water. Mr. Hawkins is transforming the agency into an innovative, customer-oriented enterprise, driving a robust innovations program. DC Water is now focused on customer engagement, vibrant social media, research and development, and product development and licensing. George has also launched DC Water Works - a program resulting in significant numbers of District-resident hires by contractors on DC Water projects.

In addition, the $2.6 billion Clean Rivers Project will nearly eliminate combined sewer overflows to local waterways, and the Authority recently invested $950 million to reduce nutrients to the Chesapeake Bay. George oversaw the launch of a heralded $470 million waste-to-energy program to produce a marketable nutrient and generate 13 megawatts of green power. George has also tripled the program to replace water infrastructure.

DC Water has received almost every major award in the industry, including the 2016 US Water Prize for resource recovery. George was named a GOVERNING Magazine Public Official of the Year in 2014 and has received numerous leadership awards.

George has held executive positions in state and municipal government, environmental and community groups, US EPA and private law practice. Mr. Hawkins graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. He teaches Environmental Law and Policy at Princeton University.

2017 Reilly Award Winners Announced

The Center for Environmental Policy has announced the winners of the 2017 William K. Reilly Awards for Environmental Leadership, Claire Barnett and Vannesa and Ben Henneke.

Claire Barnett is the founder and Executive Director of the Healthy Schools Network, a national 501c3 not for profit environmental health research, education, and advocacy organization.

Vannesa and Ben Henneke are the founders of The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program--an agriculture, tree-planting, sustainable development and carbon credit program that has succeeded in providing both economic development benefits and substantial CO2 reductions in a range of environments across Kenya, Uganda, India, and Tanzania.

Awards will be presented on March 30, 2017 at American University.

Deep Decarbonization Pathways for the US Economy

Join the Center for Environmental Policy on October 7, from 4-5:30 pm, in Kerwin 301, for a discussion of the policy, environmental and economic implications of transitioning the US toward a low carbon economy in order to address climate change.

Speakers Karl Hausker, Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute, Karen Baehler, Scholar in Residence, and Paul Bledsoe, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, will address the potential pathways such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, nuclear power, carbon capture and storage, and others, as well as the policies needed to achieve necessary reductions.

RSVP to ta5404a@american.edu

Reflections on the EPA and the Environment

William K. Reilly speaks about his tenure as EPA Administrator in this video interview.

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The William K. Reilly Fund for Environmental Leadership Internship 2018

CEP/Pisces Foundation Internship

CEP is pleased to announce an internship opportunity with the Pisces Foundation for the 2017 - 2018 academic year.

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Former EPA Director Gina McCarthy Visits the School of Public Affairs

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Former EPA Director Gina McCarthy Visits the School of Public Affairs

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George S. Hawkins

George S. Hawkins to Deliver Keynote Address

CEP announces George S. Hawkins as the keynote speaker of the 2018 William K. Reilly Awards.

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