Media Advisory: ‘New Approaches to Climate Policy’ in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute Nov. 16

By Newsroom America Feeds at 13 Nov 2017 Rice University Office of Public Affairs / News & Media Relations


David Ruth 713-348-6327

Jeff Falk 713-348-6775

‘New Approaches to Climate Policy’ in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute Nov. 16

HOUSTON -- (Nov. 13, 2017) -- A panel of experts will gather at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Nov. 16 to address approaches to dealing with the challenges of climate change. The discussion will include issues such as carbon tax implementation, ecosystem service valuation, direct regulation and technological innovation. by the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies ( , the event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

Who: Panelists Jason Albritton, director of climate and energy policy, U.S. Government Relations Office, The Nature Conservancy; Jim Blackburn ( , professor in the practice of environmental engineering at Rice and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute; former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis ( , R-S.C.; and Catrina Rorke ( , associate fellow at the R Street Institute.

Ken Medlock ( , the James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the institute and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies, will give welcoming remarks and serve as moderator. Marilu Hastings ( , vice president, Sustainability Programs, The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, and Inglis will give opening remarks.

What: A panel discussion titled “New Approaches to Climate Policy.”

When: 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 (Registration begins at 3:30; a reception will follow the panel.)

Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.

This event will also serve as the final leg of’s EnCourage Tour 2017 ( , which has been raising awareness of principles for climate leadership nationwide. The tour has focused on stimulating conversations across the U.S. to explore opportunities for unlocking the power of free enterprise to accelerate energy innovation and rise to the challenges of climate change.

The public must RSVP for the event at ( . A live webcast will be available at the event page.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at ( or 713-348-6775.

For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to ( . Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.


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Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at ( or on the institute’s blog,

Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to

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