Many of California's environmental initiatives outside of the cap-and-trade program have grabbed national headlines and even served as models for other states, regions and the federal government. This session will look at these initiatives, including energy efficiency and renewables, clean vehicles and transportation, and will include discussion of U.S. EPA actions to address climate change.
Wade Crowfoot joined the administration of California Governor Jerry Brown in May 2011. He serves as Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and as the Governor’s Military Advisor.
Wade is working to advance the Governor’s ambitious renewable energy goals and helps lead the effort to develop 12,000 MW of small, local renewable energy—enough electricity to power nine million California homes. Wade is also organizing efforts to retain and expand military operations in California.
Prior to joining Governor Brown’s Administration, Wade served as Regional Director for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). In that role, he helped to lead EDF’s 40 western regional staff and worked with leaders throughout California to implement key climate, water and oceans policy.
Wade has also served as senior environmental advisor to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. In the Mayor’s Office, Wade advanced energy, transportation and waste policies and managed the Mayor’s state and federal environmental agendas. Wade has held senior-level positions for other elected officials and worked in the fields of public opinion research and urban economic development.
Wade holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the London School of Economics, where he graduated with honors.