Please join Please join the Yale Center
for Environmental Law & Policy (YCELP) and the Yale Climate &
Energy Institute (YCEI) on Tuesday, October 29, for a conversation with
William Hohenstein, Director of the Climate Change Program Office for US
Department of Agriculture.
His talk, which offers an overview of how USDA is helping producers
with climate change adaptation and mitigation planning, begins at 6:00
PM in Kroon Hall's Burke Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
The talk is part of a semester-long speaker series titled From
Mitigation to Adaptation: Regional Responses to Climate Change. With
efforts to mitigate climate pollution floundering or, at best, moving
forward only incrementally, adaptation strategies are increasingly
important. Following Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, which made plain the
vulnerability of the U.S. coasts, President Obama’s climate policy
speech in summer 2013 gave climate adaptation policy equal billing with
climate mitigation. The series, co-hosted by YCELP and YCEI, highlights
regional and local approaches to climate adaptation, and how those
strategies fit within the larger context of climate change mitigation.
Other speakers in the series include Rohit Aggarwala, former director
of long-term planning and sustainability for New York City and
currently special advisor to Michael Bloomberg in his role as chair of
the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Fran Ulmer, chair of the U.S.
Arctic Research Commission and the former Lieutenant Governor of Alaska,
and Professor Maxine Burkett of the University of Hawaii, an expert in
Pacific island adaptation and relocation.
is the Director of USDA’s Climate Change Program Office, within the
Office of the Chief Economist. The Climate Change Program Office
provides coordination and policy development support for the
Department’s climate change program. It serves as the focal point for
all support to the Secretary of Agriculture on the causes and
consequences of climate change, as well as strategies for addressing
them. In this role, Mr. Hohenstein chairs the Department’s Global
Change Task Force which is made up of representatives of thirteen USDA
agencies and offices. Mr. Hohenstein serves on United States
delegations to international negotiations on climate change. He has
also has been a United States representative to the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change.
Mr. Hohenstein is also currently serving as the Acting Director of
the USDA Office of Environmental Markets, also within the Office of the
Chief Economist. The Office of Environmental Markets (OEM) was
established in direct response to provision of the 2008 Farm Bill. OEM’s
central mission is to facilitate the participation of farmers,
ranchers, and forest land owners in emerging environmental markets.
Efforts within OEM focus on the development of technical guidelines
and science-based methods to quantify environmental benefits, and
guidance for use in developing environmental benefit registries.
Before arriving at USDA, Mr. Hohenstein served as a Division Director
in EPA’s National Center for Environmental Economics. Mr. Hohenstein
has a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Cook College, Rutgers
University and a M.E.M. in Resource Economics from Duke University’s
School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.