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Ohio University Voinovich School faculty presents workshop at international EcoSummit

Madison Koenig and Rebecca Cochran
November 28, 2012

On October 5, 2012 Ohio University Voinovich School staff and faculty gathered in Columbus, Ohio with external partners to present an interactive workshop at the 4th International EcoSummit. The week-long summit is held every two years and draws leading scientists, researchers, and policymakers from around the world.  Previous conferences have been held in Copenhagen, Denmark; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; and Beijing, China.

The workshop, entitled "Management of greenhouse gases: Implications and evaluation of sustainable practices, economic growth, air quality and state, federal and international policy scenarios," focused on evaluating greenhouse gas (GHG) management programs and environmental policies from state, regional, and international perspectives.

The presentation team included Voinovich School faculty and staff from Ohio University's Environmental Studies Program and the Center for Air Quality, the Ohio State University Center for Resilience, and the High Road Strategies consultancy.

Discussions included a comprehensive analysis of the implications associated with a potential GHG program, including the related issues of economic development opportunities and air quality improvement that such a program could bring about.

Additionally, the team discussed "Assuring Ohio's Competitiveness in a Carbon-Constrained World," a report they completed in 2011 that explored the unique challenges and opportunities with which the State of Ohio is faced amidst a changing regulatory landscape. The study examined different policies that the State of Ohio could adopt to cope with these federal regulations, and conducted a statewide GHG emissions inventory and an in-depth analysis of a specific economic modeling tool used to inform these policies.

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