Speakers

Jan A. Hartke

Clinton Climate Initiative, Earth Council Alliance

Mr. Hartke joined the Clinton Climate Initiative in 2006, specializing in energy efficiency, clean energy, and agroforestry issues as they affect climate change and poverty reduction. Mr. Hartke led delegations for the Clinton Climate Initiative to Tokyo, Istanbul, Berlin, Dhaka, Cairo, Paris, Rome, Bogota, Melbourne, Seoul, London, Mexico City in addition to several major US cities as part of the C40 program to help the largest cities in the world move towards greater levels of energy efficiency and larger commitments to renewable energy.

His work with the Clinton Climate Initiative established the Carbon Poverty Reduction Program which deals with forest and land use opportunities to sequester carbon and reduce the threat of climate change, establishing projects in cooperation with the National Governments of Guyana, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kenya, and Tanzania and creating a Measurement, Monitoring, and Reporting team with expertise in remote sensing and satellite technologies to verify climate improvements.

Jan Hartke currently serves on President Obama's Enterprise for the America's Board of Directors, which administers the Tropical Forest Conservation Act. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council for Science and Environment, which seeks to improve the scientific basis for environmental decision- making.

Mr. Hartke was recently elected President of the Earth Council Alliance, first formed in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro – by Maurice Strong – the first Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). True to its original purpose, the Earth Council Alliance seeks to infuse strength and dimension to the sustainable development agenda that was formulated and endorsed by the largest gathering of Heads of State at that point in history.