Dr. David Greene, Baker Fellow for Energy & Environment, gave the keynote address, The Challenge of Energy Transition, at University of California, Davis’ NextSTEPS Symposium in Davis, CA on May 29, 2014. The talk drew on research done by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy for the US Department of Energy and the International Council on Clean Transportation. The NextSTEPS program conducts research on Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways, attempting to build an understanding of how the transportation’s energy use in California, the US and the world might become sustainable. Participants included government agencies such as the US Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency, the California Air Resources Board and California Energy Commission, as well as several major energy companies and nearly all major automobile manufacturers.
More recently, Dr. Greene gave an invited presentation on What’s Greener than a VMT Tax on June 4, 2014, to the Transportation and Climate Initiative Policy Committee of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a coalition of northeast states and eastern provinces of Canada dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The committee is comprised of senior officials from state environmental, transportation and energy departments. Dr. Greene’s talk, delivered to the Committee’s annual meeting in Boston, MA, described a new approach to funding surface transportation that also encourages energy efficient choices and use of motor vehicles. It was based on research done by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy for the Center for Clean Energy Solutions.