Former Head of California EPA to Speak at Congress of Cities
Pionke, John, Nation's Cities Weekly
Terry Tamminen, former secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and environmental advisor to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, will be the opening general session speaker at NLC's Congress of Cities and Exposition in New Orleans
Tamminen played a major role in the Schwarzenegger environmental policy and is expected to speak on the topic of Global Warnings: Solutions for the Climate Change Challenge.
Tamminen was appointed secretary of the California EPA in November 2003 and later appointed cabinet secretary, the chief policy advisor to the governor. Tamminen was the architect of the Hydrogen Highway Network, California's landmark Climate Change Action Plan, and the $3.2 billion "Million Solar Roof Initiative," all designed to play a key role in ending dependence on fossil fuels and combating climate change.
Using the experiences from many nations and the "living laboratory" of California, he will outline the steps underway, and those still needed to win the battle over human-caused climate change.
"Cities and states are leading the way in developing innovative programs to address sustainability," said NLC Executive Director Donald J. Borut,. "Terry Tamminen's keynote speech sharing California's unprecedented approach to climate change will kick off a series of conference sessions highlighting examples of great city programs and solutions from the private sector designed to help cities as they focus on being more 'green.'"
In an April Outside Magazine article, Schwarzenegger said, "Terry Tamminen ... is probably the most brilliant guy around when it comes to the environment. …