Sam Hitz

Bren alumnus Sam Hitz spoke about his experiences as vice president of the California Climate Action Registry, established by state statute as a non-profit voluntary registry for greenhouse gases, with the purpose of assisting California-based companies and organizations to establish emissions baselines against which future reduction requirements may be applied. After passage of Assembly Bill 32, known as the Global Warming Solutions Act, which set the most stringent restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions in the nation, the CCAR has seen a flurry of activity from companies and organizations trying to understand how to work with the new legislation.

"AB 32 is just a framework," said Hitz in speaking to students and other interested visitors, and described the major reasons organizations participate in the program:

1. To understand their carbon footprint.

2. To prepare for regulation resulting from AB 32.

3. To participate in the development of standards.

4. To improve or bolster their reputation with the public.

5. To address liabilities.

6. To prepare for the time when emissions will be traded.

7. To access technical support and tools.

Hitz said that, historically, businesses and organizations have joined the Registry at a rate of about 15 to 20 per year but that 25 to 30 had registered in the two and a half months since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had signed the legislation, roughly five to six times the usual rate.



Bren Alum Sam Hitz

Vice President, The California Climate Action Registry

"The California Registry and Evolving State Climate Policy"

Monday, December 4, 2006

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Bren Hall 1424

As vice president of the California Climate Action Registry, Sam Hitz oversees all policy efforts, including the development and maintenance of technical reporting guidelines. He is responsible for leading the Registry’s collaborative efforts with other states and countries and for guiding its emerging work in the area of project-level reporting.

Sam has considerable knowledge and experience in the economic analysis of environmental regulation in general and in developing climate-change policy in particular. Prior to joining the Registry, Sam was an integral part of the climate-change practice at Stratus Consulting, where he worked on vulnerability and impact assessments, and developed adaptation and mitigation strategies for clients spanning the private, government, and multilateral sectors. Additionally, he has worked on projects related to analyzing the proposed regulation of various automobile fuel formulations and the phase-out of ozone depleting substances.

As a Fulbright Fellow in Kenya from 2000-2001, Sam partnered with the African Centre for Technology Studies to design and implement a comprehensive assessment of the environmental services sectors in Nairobi’s largest informal settlement, and to draft and secure funding for several related environmental policy initiatives.

Sam received his Bachelor’s degree in Earth and Planetary Science from Harvard University and his Master of Environmental Science & Management degree from the the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

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