Program and Agenda

Abstract

UNDERSTANDING THE USE OF SCIENCE IN WASHINGTON STATE CLIMATE LEGISLATION

In 2008, the Washington State Legislature passed a bill committing the state to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions to the 1990 level and below, incrementally, by target years 2020, 2035, and 2050. The bipartisan Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup (CLEW) was formed in 2013 with the task of identifying and recommending the most effective way for Washington to meet these targets through policy action. The CLEW hired a consulting firm to evaluate specific policies that could help meet the statutory targets. In an effort to provide further scientific support to the CLEW, four graduate students studying climate science at the University of Washington, and involved NSF’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program on Ocean Change, have been contributing additional scientific input to CLEW member, and Washington State Senator, Kevin Ranker. Throughout the CLEW process we have recorded how our scientific input has been employed during CLEW discussions and in the development of legislation. Here we share the results of our engagement with Senator Ranker and the CLEW process, with insights about our experience working with a Washington State policymaker.

Authors

Fassbender, A., University of Washington, USA, afassben@uw.edu

Bushinsky, S. M., University of Washington, USA, smbush@u.washington.edu

Maloney, A., University of Washington, USA, ashjames@uw.edu

Newsom, E., University of Washington, USA, enewsom@uw.edu

Details

Oral presentation

Session #:070
Date: 2/24/2014
Time: 15:15
Location: 304 AB

Presentation is given by student: Yes