Plenary 3: Framing Solutions


Terry Tamminen is one of the world’s leading authorities on environmental policy and sustainability. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency in 2003 and later Cabinet Secretary, the chief policy advisor to the Governor. Mr. Tamminen is the author of several books on environmental issues and is an international lecturer on climate change and energy issues. He is the co-founder of the “R20 Regions of Climate Action”, a public-private partnership among more than 500 regional governments, the United Nations, and numerous clean technology companies focused on low carbon economic development worldwide. Mr. Tamminen advises global companies on sustainability, including Pegasus Capital Advisors, Walmart, and Proctor & Gamble. He has received numerous awards and honors for his achievements and the UK’s Guardian newspaper named him one of "50 People Who Could Save the Planet."

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Richard Joseph Jackson is Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. A pediatrician, he has served in many leadership positions in both environmental health and infectious disease with the California Health Department, including the highest as the State Health Officer. For nine years he was Director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta and received the Presidential Distinguished Service award. In October, 2011 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
While in California he helped establish the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program and state and national laws to reduce risks from pesticides, especially to farm workers and to children. While at CDC he established the national asthma epidemiology and control program, oversaw the childhood lead poisoning prevention program, and instituted the federal effort to “biomonitor” chemical levels in the US population. He has received the Breast Cancer Fund’s Hero Award, as well as Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Public Health Law Association, and the New Partners for Smart Growth. In October, 2012 he received the John Heinz Award for Leadership in the Environment. In fall of 2013 he was the Tisch Distinguished Public Health Fellow at Roosevelt House in Manhattan.
Dick Jackson lectures and speaks on many issues, particularly those related to built environment and health. He co-authored two Island Press Books: Urban Sprawl and Public Health in 2004 and Making Healthy Places in 2011. He is host of a 2012 public television series Designing Healthy Communities which links to the J Wiley & Sons book by the same name published in October, 2011. He has served on many environmental and health boards, as well as the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects. He is an elected honorary member of both the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects. Richard Jackson is married to Joan Guilford Jackson; they have three grown children and one grandchild.


Clay Nesler is the Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability for Johnson Controls.  In this role, he is responsible for energy and sustainability strategy, policy, innovation and the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency.  Since joining Johnson Controls in 1983, Clay has held a variety of leadership positions in research, product development, marketing and strategy in both the United States and Europe.  Clay is the vice-chair of the World Environment Center, serves on the board of American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and is on the advisory boards of the NRDC Center for Market Innovation and the University of Illinois Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering.  Clay received BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a co-inventor on ten patents.


Priya Shyamsundar is Executive Director of the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE).  SANDEE’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of individuals and institutions in the South Asia region to undertake research on the inter-linkages among economic development, poverty, and environmental change and to disseminate practical information that can be applied to development policies.  As part of its various activities, SANDEE has supported over 100 research projects in the area of climate change, ecosystem services, poverty and natural resource management and the economics of pollution management.  Priya has previously served as a consultant at the World Bank, as Senior Program Officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke University and as Research Associate at the Institute of Social Studies Trust.  Priya's research interests range over a number of topics within environment and development economics. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics from Duke University.


Brian Swett is Chief of Environment and Energy for the City of Boston. Over the last year, Chief Swett has led a variety of major policy and program initiatives in Boston including developing and passing a building energy disclosure ordinance, launching Greenovate Boston, a sustainability education and outreach initiative, and kicking off Climate Ready Boston, a set of climate preparedness initiatives. Chief Swett is now starting efforts to update the City’s Climate Action Plan, which is due in 2014. Prior to his Boston appointment, Mr. Swett oversaw sustainability related initiatives at Boston Properties, worked for an environmental justice nonprofit, two socially responsible investment firms, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, and several offices in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.