2010 Decisionmakers Conference Program

Decisionmakers Confernece

The subject of climate change has become a global concern. The combination of natural and human forces is leading us to ask questions about the future of our society. The Bay Planning Coalition is at the forefront of a new kind of conversation for the San Francisco Bay Area – Climate 3.0. This is not another climate conference where the talk is about the sky falling in. Our goal is to have a rational dialogue about sensible and balanced strategies to meet the challenges.

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7:45 AM – 3:30 PM Registration Open
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM OPENING SESSIONWelcome
Michael Giari
President, Bay Planning Coalition
Executive Director, Port of Redwood City

Setting the Context for Climate 3.0
Ellen Joslin Johnck
Executive Director, Bay Planning Coalition

Climate Change – The Current Science
Reinhard E. Flick, Ph.D.
Oceanographer, California Department of Boating and Waterways
Integrative Oceanography Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Networking Break
Carbon emissions have been identified as a principal component of the human contribution to global climate change. Local, state, federal and international governments are developing policy and regulatory responses to reduce carbon emissions and are determining what technical approaches hold the most promise in achieving their policy goals.  Bay Area and Delta industrial partners are key innovators in meeting the challenge. The Bay Planning Coalition is working with government and business to shape realistic and practical solutions to be advanced in today’s discussions.

Part 1:  Regulations and Emerging Policies

Doug Daugherty, Ph.D., PE, CIH, Moderator
ENVIRON International Corporation

La Ronda Bowen
California Air Resources Board

Ted Droettboom
Regional Planning Program Director

Henry Hilken
Director of Planning and Research
Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Ben Machol
Clean Energy and Climate Change Office
U.S. EPA, Region 9

SEA LEVEL CHANGEEstimates of sea level change per century based on literature vary widely from negligible to large potential values.  While the science continues to develop, it is clear that we must develop policies and guidance that can accommodate various levels of sea level change over specific planning horizons (Adaptive Management Strategies) rather than designing to a specific estimate. Policies are already being proposed that will affect in-water and shoreline activities including development, recreation and environmental protection. Therefore it is imperative that business, environmental, recreation, regulatory and public officials all work together to develop realistic, balanced and adaptive strategies.

Part 1:  Regulations and Emerging Policies

Scott Warner, Moderator
Principal Hydrogeologist
AMEC Geomatrix, Inc.

Ed Curtis
Senior Engineer
Risk Analysis Branch
FEMA Region IX

Sam Schuchat
Executive Officer, California State Coastal Conservancy

Paul Thayer
Executive Director
California State Lands Commission

Will Travis
Executive Director
San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)

Part 2:  Strategies for Meeting the Challenge Chris Locke, Moderator
Partner and Former Chair
Environmental Law Department
Farella Braun + Martel LLP

Paul Campos
Senior Vice President and
General Counsel
BIA of the Bay Area

Scott Moore
Vice President – Public Affairs (West)
Union Pacific Railroad

Richard Sinkoff
Division of Environmental Programs and Planning
Port of Oakland

Lisa Swanson
Director, Environmental Affairs
Matson Navigation Company

Joe Sparano
Executive Advisor to the Chairman of the Board
Western States Petroleum Association

Part 2: Strategies for Meeting the ChallengeDilip Trivedi, Dr. Eng., P.E., Moderator
Supervisory Engineer
Moffatt & Nichol

Mitch Avalon
Deputy Director
Public Works Department, Contra Costa County

Ann Draper
Assistant Operating Officer
Santa Clara Valley Water District

Tom Kendall
Chief of Planning, San Francisco District
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Michael Tymoff
Project Manager
Office of Economic and Workforce Development
City of San Francisco

Jeremy Lowe
Associate Principal, Philip Williams & Associates, Ltd.
Project Manager, Hayward Area Sea Level Rise Study

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM LUNCHEllen Joslin Johnck, Moderator
Executive Director, Bay Planning Coalition

Frank C. Boerger Award Presentation
Frank C. Boerger was a founding director and chairman of the Bay Planning Coalition, 1985-1990. Mr. Boerger was a professional engineer, distinguished military man and respected civic leader, well known for his outstanding achievements in several Bay Area public and private non-profit institutions. BPC presents the Frank C. Boerger Award annually to an individual who appreciates the rigors of advocating environmental protection and economic progress, and forges the path to achieve both.

Lieutenant Colonel Laurence Farrell, P.E., PMP
District Engineer, San Francisco District
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

2010 Frank C. Boerger Award Recipient
Omar R. Benjamin
Executive Director, Port of Oakland

Summary of Educational Tracks
Carbon Management
Victoria Evans
National Practice Leader, Greenhouse Gas Management Services
URS Corporation

Sea Level Change
Keith Garner
Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Imagine No Levees: The New Reach of Corps Jurisdiction
John Briscoe
Partner, Briscoe Ivester & Bazel LLP

Recommendations of the BPC-initiated Task Force on Regional Sea Level Policies
Task Force participants include the Bay Planning Coalition, Bay Area Flood Protection Agencies Association, Bay Area Council and the BIA of the Bay Area

Shaping Our Future – An Interactive Dialogue Among Decisionmakers

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Networking Reception