The Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy (ISTPP) will host a Facebook LIVE event on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 titled, “George H.W. Bush and the Environment.” The virtual event will take place at 12:20 p.m. CT on the Bush School’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/BushSchool.
The conversation will feature Joel D. Scheraga, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Climate Adaptation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Dr. Arnold Vedlitz, Director of the ISTPP at the Bush School, will moderate the discussion as the two discuss the 32nd anniversary of the Clean Air Act Amendment being signed (Nov. 15, 1990) by President George H. W. Bush, new developments within the EPA, and how ISTPP continues to bridge the critical gap between science and technology research and public policy research.
If time permits, the duo will answer questions from those watching the live stream.
Since January 2010, Dr. Scheraga has led EPA’s efforts to ensure the agency continues to fulfill its mission of protecting human health and the environment even as the climate changes. A central focus of this effort is supporting states, tribes, territories, local governments, and businesses as they prepare for and increase their resilience to the impacts of climate change, with a particular emphasis on advancing environmental justice. Dr. Scheraga led development of EPA’s 2021 Climate Adaptation Action Plan and is now overseeing implementation of the plan. A major goal is to integrate climate adaptation planning into EPA’s programs, policies, rules and operations to ensure they are effective even as the climate changes.
The ISTPP was created by the Board of Regents in the fall of 2000 to fill a critical gap between science and technology research and public policy research. Through their research, scientists detect emerging problems that require policy actions to address them. For known social and environmental problems, science and technology may help find solutions. Our policy research proactively identifies the public and stakeholder’s acceptability parameters for science and technology applications. By connecting science and technology research to acceptable policy solutions, ISTPP can help solve pressing public problems. ISTPP also provides valuable interdisciplinary research experience for doctoral, masters, and undergraduate students to augment their training as future decision and policy makers and university faculty. Graduate students may also work with scholars as coauthors on manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.