Future of Energy: Mary Nichols
February 27, 2012 – "California's Low Carbon Energy Future"
Mary D. Nichols, California Air Resources Board Chairman
Mary Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board, will discuss the state’s pioneering climate policies and the future of energy in California and beyond.
Nichols has devoted her entire career in public and nonprofit service to advocating for the environment and public health. In addition to her work at the Air Board, she has served as Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air and Radiation program under President Clinton, Secretary for California's Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003 and Director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Her priorities as chairman include moving ahead on the state's landmark climate change program (AB 32), steering the Board through numerous efforts to curb diesel pollution at ports and continuing to pass regulations aimed at providing cleaner air for Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley. She values innovation, partnerships and common-sense approaches to addressing the state's air issues.