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CBIS Auditorium



Featured lecture by former EPA official
Stephen Anderson

Action as If Climate Mattered:
Can Fast Action Save the World for Future Generations?


Dr. Stephen O. Andersen is Director of Research for the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD), where he focuses on technology and policy to rapidly reduce ozone-depleting, hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) greenhouse gases and other climate forcers.

From 1986 to 2009, Dr. Andersen worked for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in positions including Director of Strategic Climate Projects, Deputy Director of the Stratospheric Protection Division, and EPA Liaison to the U.S. Department of Defense on Climate and Stratospheric Ozone Protection. He created EPA’s first voluntary partnerships including agreements in food packaging, motor vehicle air conditioning, electronics and aerospace, and fire protection. Dr. Andersen helped organize the Halon Alternatives Research Corporation (HARC), the Industry Cooperative for Ozone Layer Protection (ICOLP) and the World Semiconductor Council PFC Partnership. He created and managed the EPA Stratospheric Ozone and Climate Protection Awards, which were presented to individuals and organizations worldwide.

Prior to joining EPA, he was a professor at the University of Hawaii and College of the Atlantic and a visiting scholar at Kyoto University. He was also an employee of law, consumer, and environmental NGOs including the Environmental Law Institute, the Consumer Energy Council, and the Sierra Club. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, which is an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation.

In his healthier youth, he canoed, kayaked and rafted over 5000 miles of wilderness and urban rivers.

He has earned governmental and non-governmental awards from the Brazil, Iraq, Japan, Russia, Vietnam, the United Nations and the United States, including the prestigious 1998 United Nations Global 500 Roll of Honour, 2007 United Nations Montreal Protocol Visionaries Award, and the 2008 Service to America Career Achievement Medal. His Ph.D. is from the University of California, Berkeley.