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

 
Opening Keynote Session 
Monday, June 14, 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm ET

Join us for a conference welcome and overview from the organizers, followed by the Opening Keynote Presentation from U.S. Representative Kathy Castor, 14th District of Florida.  

First elected in 2006 to the United States House of Representatives, and re-elected by voters in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016. Kathy is the first woman to be elected to U.S. Congress from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Castor focuses on issues vital to Tampa Bay area families and businesses, and is committed to building a stronger economy that works for everyone as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Chair of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. 

Prior to being elected to U.S. Congress in 2006, Kathy served on the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners from 2002 to 2006, where she championed ethics in government and the Hillsborough County Health Plan. Kathy previously served as Assistant General Counsel to the Florida Department of Community Affairs, where she enforced responsible growth management laws throughout the state.  She is the former President of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and was named Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Woman of the Year in Government in 2005. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Emory University (1988) and a J.D. from Florida State University College of Law (1991).
 Keynote Plenary Session  
Tuesday, June 15, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

The program will kick off with a high-level EPA representative who will discuss the agency’s goals for climate change and greenhouse gas reductions.  (Stay tuned . . . the big announcement will be coming soon!) 

A panel of industry executives will present the challenges that key segments will face and how they are working to develop plans to meet the EPA goals. 
 
Eric Holdsworth, Managing Director, Clean Energy and Environment at the 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. 

An executive from the Alliance for Automotive Innovation has also been invited to join the panel.


 
Sandra Snyder, Vice President of Environment at the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA).

Before joining INGAA, Sandra was an attorney at Bracewell LLP’s Washington, D. C. office where she represented clients in various environmental rulemaking and permit challenges and provided regulatory compliance advice.  From 2006 - 2008, Sandra was an attorney in the New Jersey office of K&L Gates LLP where she handled CERCLA litigation and represented manufacturers of industrial materials and equipment. 

During law school, Sandra served as a legal extern to the Honorable Dora L. Irizarry of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She also completed a legal externship with the U.S. EPA. Before becoming an attorney, Sandra worked as a chemical engineer for ExxonMobil from 1998 – 2002.  Sandra received a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma and her JD from Brooklyn Law School.