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Attend TWO Keynote sessions at ACE 2021 and get the high-level perspective on the future of the environmental industry! 


Featured Keynote Speakers: 
 
U.S. Representative Kathy Castor, 14th District of Florida

Opening Keynote Presentation
Monday, June 14,
11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET 

Kathy Castor was first elected in 2006 to the United States House of Representatives, and re-elected by voters in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016. She is the first woman to be elected to U.S. Congress from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. 

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  U.S. EPA Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe

Keynote Plenary Session 
Tuesday, June 15
1:30 - 3:30 pm ET 

Janet McCabe was sworn in as the 16th Deputy Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency on April 29, 2021. Deputy Administrator McCabe returns to EPA after spending seven years working as Acting Assistant Administrator and Principal Deputy to the Assistant Administrator in the Office of Air and Radiation under President Barack Obama.

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Keynote Plenary Session  
Tuesday, June 15, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm ET

A panel of industry executives will present the challenges that key segments will face and how they are working to develop plans to meet future goals prior to the Administrator's presentation. 
 
Dan Bowerson, Senior Director, Energy & Environment, Alliance for Automotive Innovation

Dan has been with Auto Innovators since its inception and was previously with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. Dan covers fuels and vehicle electrification topics, including fuel quality, low carbon fuels, EV battery lifecycle, and electric vehicle charging and hydrogen fueling infrastructure.  Prior to joining the Alliance of Automobile Manufactures, he worked at all levels of the automotive industry from a supplier (Roush Industries) to an OEM (FCA) to a trade association (NGVAmerica).  He holds a M.S. in engineering management from University of Michigan-Dearborn and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Western Michigan University.
 
Eric Holdsworth, Managing Director, Clean Energy and Environment, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)

Eric is a leading expert on the issue of global climate change, with over 20 years of experience in the field.  As the managing director of Clean Energy and the Environment, he helps oversee EEI’s involvement in climate change and clean energy issues.  In that capacity, he directs the development and execution of strategies to shape the development of national climate and clean energy policy consistent with EEI principles.  Eric received his MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management and his B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University.

 
Greg Jones, Director, Climate & Environmental Policy, Southern Company Gas

Greg Jones is director, Climate & Environmental Policy. In this role, he helps to lead the company’s greenhouse gas emission initiatives and the company’s participation in environmental policy efforts. Previously Southern Company Gas’ manager of Environmental Affairs, Jones has decades of experience engaging with energy industry leaders to develop collaborative positions on rulemaking and legislation at the state and federal level. After serving in environmental compliance roles for other companies, Jones joined the company in 2009 as a senior environmental specialist, supporting sustainability programs, policies and procedures. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Georgia. He serves as chair of the American Gas Association’s (AGA) Environmental Regulatory Action Committee, vice chair of the Georgia Industrial Environmental Coalition (GIEC), and he was a past chair of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL).
 
Frank Macchiarola, Senior Vice President of Policy, Economics and Regulatory Affairs, American Petroleum Institute (API)

Frank J. Macchiarola is senior vice president of Policy, Economics and Regulatory Affairs. He leads a division that includes, Upstream, Midstream, Downstream, and Market Development segments, as well as Economic Policy Analysis, Regulatory & Scientific Affairs and Tax & Accounting Policy. In this role, Macchiarola is responsible for advancing the institute’s public policy priorities and integrating the policy, economic and regulatory disciplines across API’s entire advocacy team. Macchiarola joined API in January 2016, to lead API’s efforts on fuels, refining, marketing and downstream safety, security and technology as vice president of Downstream and Industry Operations. Prior to joining API, Macchiarola served as executive vice president of Government Affairs at America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA). From 2004 to 2013, Macchiarola served in several senior staff positions in the United States Senate including Staff Director, Minority Staff Director, and Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and Minority Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Macchiarola was previously a partner in the policy resolution group at Bracewell LLP and began his career as an associate in the litigation group of Tannenbaum, Helpern, Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP. Macchiarola earned his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.
 
Greg Dalton, (Moderator) Founder and Host, Climate One

Greg Dalton founded Climate One at The Commonwealth Club in 2007 after traveling to the Russian Arctic on a global warming symposium with climate scientists and journalists. Today Climate One produces a weekly radio show broadcast on public stations in California and across the country in addition to a podcast that is heard around the world. Greg also hosts a monthly TV show on KRCB TV 22 on Comcast and DirecTV.

Climate One is the only regular talk show that engages high-level leaders from business, policy, advocacy and academic circles in a conversation about building sustainable economies, resilient communities and a healthier future.