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Ed Begley Jr. Joins Prestigious Climate Action Reserve Board

The Honorary Board includes local state Sen. Fran Pavley

The Climate Action Reserve, the nation’s largest and most respected carbon offset registry, has created a new Honorary Board comprised of five prominent climate leaders and activists who have been instrumental in raising awareness about climate change and developingclimate policies in California, Canada and beyond. The new Honorary Board includes: former Canadian Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell; Hon. Gray Davis, the former governor of California; California State Senator Fran Pavley; Diane Wittenberg, former founding president of The Climate Registry and the California Climate Action Registry; and actor and environmental activist Ed Begley, Jr.  They will serve in an advisory capacity to help grow and strengthen the Reserve’s carbon offset program.

“I am extremely pleased to welcome five preeminent and hard-working climate leaders to the Reserve’s newly formed Honorary Board,” said Linda Adams, Chair of the Reserve Board of Directors and Founding President of R20. “Each member of the Honorary Board has tremendous breadth of knowledge and expertise in public policy and the environment. I look forward to their experience and input in supporting the growth of the Climate Action Reserve.”

“Our changing climate has incredible implications for our global environment, health, economy and security,” said Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell. “We have to assume responsibility for our emissions and take action to reduce our carbon footprint in a meaningful manner. The Reserve’s carbon offset program supports such action by achieving real, immediate and cost-effective solutions to curb emissions. I am looking forward to helping the Reserve shape its future program and continue its tradition of integrity, transparency and environmental benefit in carbon offsets.”

“California has been a leader in the fight against climate change, and the Climate Action Reserve has been key in informing and influencing state and regional climate policy,” said Hon. Gray Davis. “California’s cap-and-trade program will have a tremendous impact on future carbon emissions and climate policy when it launches later this year. With four protocols adopted for use in the state’s cap-and-trade system, the Reserve’s carbon offset standards are a pillar of this program. The Honorary Board will work to ensure that the high-quality standards of the Reserve will serve as a model for climate policy both nationally and internationally.”

More information on the new Honorary Board members follows:

Right Honorable Kim Campbell holds the distinction of being Canada’s first and only female Prime Minister. She is also the first Canadian Prime Minister to have held office in all three levels of government: municipal, provincial and federal. Since leaving office, she has worked to support emissions reduction policies, grow a clean energy economy and address the impact of global warming on global communities. Ms. Campbell is currently a member of the Global Leadership for Climate Action, a task force of world leaders committed to addressing climate change through international negotiations.

Hon. Gray Davis was overwhelmingly elected as California’s 37th Governor. He demonstrated bold environmental leadership by signing the first law in the nation to reduce greenhouse gases, AB 1493, Pavley “Clean Cars Law,” which then became the national standard. He also created the first greenhouse gas monitoring registry, the California Climate Action Registry, and established the nation’s most ambitious commitment to renewable energy with a statewide Renewables Portfolio Standard. Davis made record investments in infrastructure, including the creation of four Centers of Science and Innovation on University of California campuses, which today are inventing technologies that will make our world cleaner, greener and safer. Today he’s Of Counsel at Loeb & Loeb where he provides strategic advice to clients on numerous matters.

Hon. Fran Pavley is a California State Senator and Chair of the Senate’s Natural Resources and Water Committee. Previously, she served three terms in the California State Assembly and four terms in the City of Agoura Hills as Mayor and Councilmember. During her tenure in the California legislature, Sen. Pavley authored landmark laws combating climate change by capping greenhouse gas emissions in California, including AB 32 (Global Warming Solutions Act) and AB 1493 “Clean Cars Law.” Sen. Pavley has also worked to acquire, protect and improve open space, secured funds for local public transportation and recreation projects, and facilitated economic development throughclean energy jobs.

Diane Wittenberg is the Director Emeritus of The Climate Registry, a nonprofit collaboration among North American states and provinces to set rigorous and transparent standards to calculate, report and verify greenhouse gas emissions. Prior to founding The Registry, Ms. Wittenberg founded and served as President of the California Climate Action Registry for six years. Earlier in her career, she spent 15 years at Edison International, playing a key role in launching new businesses including Edison EV (President), Edison Utility Alliances (President) and Edison Technology Solutions (Vice President, Business Development and Marketing). She also served as Vice President for Corporate Communications for Edison International and was internationally recognized for her efforts to launch an electric vehicle industry. She currently serves as Executive Director and Chairman of the Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative.

Ed Begley Jr. is a renowned actor and activist who has worked tirelessly to advance personal responsibility for environmental solutions. Known for turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, he has served as chairman of the Environmental Media Association and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. He sits on the boards of many organizations, including the Thoreau Institute and the Midnight Mission. Currently, he is the co-star of the hit Planet Green series Living with Ed, a look at the day-to-day realities of “living green” with his wife Rachelle Carson. His first book, Living Like Ed, was published in February 2008 and the second book, Ed Begley’s Guide to Sustainable Living, came out in August 2009.

The Climate Action Reserve is a private nonprofit organization representing international interests in addressing climate change and bringing together participants from the government, environment and business sectors.  As the premier carbon offset registry in North America, it works to ensure environmental benefit, integrity and transparency in the carbon market.  It establishes high quality standards for quantifying and verifying greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction projects, oversees independent third-party verification bodies, issues carbon credits generated from such projects and tracks the transaction of credits over time in a transparent, publicly-accessible system.  By ensuring that GHG reduction projects provide true environmental benefit and earn high quality offsets, the Climate Action Reserve is creating a trusted and valuable commodity and bringing credibility and efficiency to the carbon market.  For more information, please visit www.climateactionreserve.org.

Jim Corcoran May 12, 2012 at 02:28 PM
"As environmental science has advanced, it has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future: deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease." Worldwatch Institute, "Is Meat Sustainable?" "The livestock sector emerges as one of the top contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. The findings of this report suggest that it should be a major policy focus when dealing with problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity. Livestock’s contribution to environmental problems is on a massive scale and its potential contribution to their solution is equally large. The impact is so significant that it needs to be addressed with urgency." UN Food and Agricultural Organization's report "Livestock's Long Shadow" “If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains... the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.” Environmental Defense Fund Why would someone choose to be vegan? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE and http://www.veganvideo.org

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