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Summer Series E-Learning 2013

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2013 Summer Joint E-Learning Webinar Series
The NCSL Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee, the Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee and the Human Services and Welfare Committee along with the NCSL Hunger Partnership are pleased to co-sponsor a two-part series of six webinars. Part one will occur every Friday in June and part two will take place after Legislative Summit, in September 2013. The topics will cross a variety of committee jurisdictions. See below for the schedule and webinar descriptions, as well as which NCSL committees will be involved. Registration will be posted underneath each webinar when available.

Part One

1. Friday, June 14, 3 p.m. ET | Farm Bill Update

Co-Hosted by the NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee, Human Services and Welfare Committee and the NCSL Hunger Partnership

Hear from a panel of three speakers who will provide updates on different issues related to the 2013 Farm Bill, including conservation, crop insurance and nutrition assistance programs as it makes its way through both chambers of Congress to the president's desk.

Rebeckah Adcock, CropLife America
Nathan Bowen, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA)
Ellen Vollinger, Food Research and Action Center

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2. Friday, June 21, 3 p.m. ET | Alternative Fuel Vehicles: Are They the Chicken or the Egg?

Hosted by the NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee

While gasoline is still far and away the number one source of fuel for vehicle transportation, the market is beginning to see the emergence of new alternative fuel vehicles (AFV). Representatives  will discuss the status of those policies best geared towards speeding the adoption of AFVs while dealing with the barriers challenging infrastructure development and vehicle adoption as well as highlighting a specific state example. The industry perspective will focus on the changing makeup of vehicle fleets and how different alternative fuel vehicles can serve different purposes.

Alex Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Department of Energy
Jim Bruce, UPS

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3. Thursday, June 27, 4 p.m. ET |  RESTORE-ing Our Coast: A Look at the RESTORE Act and the Future of the Gulf Coast
Hosted by the NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee

A look at efforts to clean up the Gulf Coast after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, including efforts completed, currently underway and future plans. This will include looking into the RESTORE Act funds, how they have been spent and how they will be spent, and what all of this means for the future of energy production and ecosystem restoration in the region.

Rachel Jacobson, Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, Department of Interior
Karen Gautreaux, Director of Government Relations, The Nature Conservancy, Louisiana Chapter

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Part Two

1. Friday, Sept. 13, 3 pm ET | Emerging Energy Technologies

Hosted by the NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee

Waste to Energy (WtE) is a process that takes municipal solid waste (MSW) and uses it to generate electricity. While the process has been in existence for more than 25 years, numerous countries have recently begun to rely on WtE. Japan processes 70 percent of its post-recycled waste at WtE facilities and there are currently more than 400 WtE plants in Europe. What does the emergence of this energy option domestically mean for state legislators from both an energy supply and an environmental perspective and where can we go from here?   

Susan Thorneloe, Office of Research & Development, National Risk Management Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Richard Caperton, Managining Director for Energy, Center for American Progress
Markus Gleis, Federal Environment Agency, Germany

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2. Friday, Sept. 20, 3 pm ET | Reducing Food Waste: Feeding the Hungry is Just One Benefit

Co-Hosted by the NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee, Human Services and Welfare Committee and the NCSL Hunger Partnership

A cross-jurisdictional examination of the issues and opportunities surrounding emerging efforts by government, the private sector and nonprofits to reduce food waste. 

Jerry Lynch, Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer, General Mills
Sara Eckhouse, Chief of Staff to Administrator of Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), U.S. Department of Agriculture
Senator Virginia Lyons, Vermont, Vice-Chair NCSL Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee

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3. Friday, Sept. 27, 3 pm ET |  Rebuilding After Natural Disaster Events

Co-Hosted by the NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee, the Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee and the Law and Criminal Justice Committee

2012 and 2013 were marked by significant natural disaster and weather related events. From the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma to Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene, our communities have needed serious rebuilding. Hear from a panel of experts on how legislators can engage in resilient reform efforts, including through new flood zone maps, disaster insurance programs, and other rebuilding initiatives.

Nancy Israel, Senior Manager, Insurance Program, Ceres
Roy Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation, FEMA Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration

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