Big Data: A Game Changer for Environmental Managers, Advocates and Regulators?

October 22, 2013 12:27 pm — 12:27 pm
Washington, DC

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Every minute vast amounts of useful data are generated by diverse sources ranging from energy meters to iPhone apps to customer service requests. Improved technology is enabling unprecedented collection, storage and analysis of this data, and a growing market of products and companies offer these services. Many now see the potential to harness big data to achieve environmental objectives, such as increasing energy efficiency, selecting the most effective sustainability investments, and mapping environmental degradation. This conference included panel discussions and keynote presentations on the applications and implications of big data for corporate environmental management, including the changing landscape of federal environmental enforcement.



9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Welcome Remarks

John C. Cruden, President, Environmental Law Institute

I. Introduction to Big Data

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Stephen Harper, Global Director of Environment and Energy Policy, Intel Corporation

II. How Will Government Environmental Agencies Use Big Data?

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

10:45 AM - 11:45 PM

Keynote address: Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Panel discussion on Government Use of Big Data
Moderator: Paul Hagen, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

  • Gary Guzy, Deputy Director, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Karen Bassett, Chief Deputy Director, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
  • Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Executive Director and General Counsel, Association of Clean Water Administrators

III. How Will Citizens and Advocacy Groups Use Big Data?

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunchtime Address: Peter Lehner, Executive Director, Natural Resources Defense Council

IV. How Can Organizations Use Big Data to Achieve Sustainability Objectives?

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

2:00 PM -2:45 PM

Keynote address: Dr. Jane Snowdon, Director and Chief Innovation Officer, IBM Federal

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Dr. Jane Snowdon

  • Robert Francisco, President, FirstCarbon Solutions
  • Stewart Leeth, Assistant Vice President, Environmental and Corporate Affairs and Senior Regulatory Counsel, Smithfield Foods
  • Stephen Harper, Global Director of Environment and Energy Policy, Intel Corporation


This event is made possible by a generous grant from IBM.