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"Beyond Regulations: How the US EPA Is Helping American Communities
Become Walkable and Bikeable... and Economically Competitive

Ed Fendley
Policy Advisor, Program Manager
Office of Sustainable Communities, US EPA

Monday, April 22, 2013
11:30 - 12:30
Bren 1414

"Ed Fendley has an 'Inside the Beltway' perspective on US climate policy from his work at the State Department, the White House, and the EPA." — Faculty Host David Lea

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is known for enforcement of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and other critical national policies. Today, complementing these traditional regulatory approaches, some of the EPA’s newest and most innovative programs are helping communities to voluntarily boost environmental performance by improving the built environment. By restoring traditional, mixed-use neighborhoods and revitalizing downtowns, communities can increase walking, biking, and public transit use, which can improve people’s health and lead to cleaner air, land, and water. Compact, mixed-use communities can also boost local businesses, save public expenditures on infrastructure, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Younger people and baby boomers alike are demonstrating an increasing preference for such "smart growth" communities. This has the potential to remake how and where Americans live and open new possibilities for addressing climate change and conserving natural resources.

In his 25-year career with the federal government, Ed Fendley has specialized in environmental policy and global climate change. He served as the White House National Security Staff Director for Environmental Affairs, advising President Obama and other senior White House officials on the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference. He also served at the U.S. Department of State as a climate change negotiator and policy advisor for activities related to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Today, Ed is a policy advisor and program manager in the U.S. EPA’s Office of Smart Growth, which works with American communities in promotion of greener development patterns. Ed also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, and is a former chair of the school board of Arlington County, Virginia.

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