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.
Jonathan Parfrey is executive director of Climate Resolve Los Angeles. For the past four years, Parfrey served as director of the GREEN LA Coalition. In 2008, he was appointed by Mayor Villaraigosa to the Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners where he is serving a five-year term. Currently, Parfrey is also serving as President of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters. He is also a board member of Kid's Progress Inc., a founding board member of CicLAvia, and serves on the steering committee of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability. From 1994 to 2007, Parfrey served as Los Angeles director of Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization, Physicians for Social Responsibility. In 2003, Mr. Parfrey was appointed to Governor Schwarzenegger's Environmental Policy Team. In 1992, Parfrey received the Paul S. Delp Award for Outstanding Service, Peace and Social Justice. In 2002 he was awarded a Durfee Foundation Fellowship. In 2010, he received a Stanton Fellowship. In 2011, was was appointed a Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall School of Business.