The California State Legislature will consider a number of climate change issues during its 2012 session and will influence many aspects of the cap-and-trade program, including revenue allocations, offset rules and other elements of the program design. This session will provide a unique and rarely-seen look at what the issues are and offer insight into how they may play out.
Gary Gero serves as the President of the Climate Action Reserve where he is responsible for ensuring that the organization’s activities meet the highest standards for quality, transparency and environmental integrity. In that capacity, Gary has led the growth of a robust and trusted offset project registry that is the largest voluntary registry in the United States.
Gary is a member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee and serves on the Steering Committee of the California Sustainability Alliance. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters.
Prior to joining the Reserve, Gary managed the Green LA programs at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the largest municipal utility in the nation. In that capacity, he redesigned and restarted the Solar PV Rebate Program and oversaw a significant expansion of the energy efficiency programs. His role also included managing the advanced transportation, green power, distributed generation, and tree planting programs.
Gary’s career includes nearly 20 years of work in local government, primarily in the City of Los Angeles where he served as Air Quality Director and subsequently Assistant General Manager for the Environmental Affairs Department focusing on climate change, sustainable development, energy policy, and alternative fuel vehicles.
Gary holds a Master of Science degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and a pair of undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.