Hartwick Welcomes Paula DiPerna for Leslie Rude Memorial Lecture

November 10, 2009

Paula DiPerna will be the guest lecturer for the 2009 Leslie Rude Memorial Lecture, to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2009, in Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre on the Hartwick College campus. Her presentation, titled "A Network of Early Adaptors: The Chicago Climate Exchange Experience as the World's First Cap-and-Trade to Address Climate Change," is free and open to the public. All are invited to attend.

DiPerna's talk will detail how a network of visionary financial, environmental, and corporate thinkers came together nearly ten years ago to build the nation's and the world's first integrated system for emissions reduction and trading (cap-and-trade) to address climate change and other environmental challenges. The talk will focus on the ingredients for what is today known as "thinking outside the box" but has long been known as courage and vision.

DiPerna is executive vice president of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) and president, CCX International. She served formerly as president of the Joyce Foundation in Chicago, a major public policy philanthropy based in Chicago, IL, known for its innovative grant making; and vice president for international affairs of the Cousteau Society, whose president was pioneer and ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

As vice president for international affairs, DiPerna was responsible for all aspects of national and international environmental policy, and interacted extensively with the U.S. Congress, heads of state, and the United Nations. While at the Cousteau Society, from 1979 to 1997, she also wrote and co-produced a dozen Cousteau documentary films. She has traveled extensively globally, and lived in the Amazon regions of Brazil, Colombia, and Peru.

DiPerna also has served as a consultant on environmental matters to the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility, and LEAD-International, among other organizations. In 2001, she also founded the Jobs and Environment Initiative, which quantifies jobs creation benefits of environmental activities nationally and in various U.S. states.

DiPerna is a noted public policy analyst and widely published author. She has written numerous newspaper and magazine articles on a variety of subjects, a novel and several non-fiction books. Cluster Mystery: Epidemic and the Children of Woburn, Mass., published in 1985, has become a touchstone of environmental epidemiology.

DiPerna was named an Eisenhower Fellow in 1998, an international program for emerging leaders founded by the U.S. Congress and spent time in Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic studying emerging environmental policy in Central Europe. DiPerna is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is based in the New York City office of CCX.

Leslie Rude was an outstanding Hartwick College faculty member and administrator. Following his death in 1998, Professor Emerita Norma Hutman and Mrs. Marion Rude established the Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture Series to reflect his passionate interest in political science and public speaking, and his commitment to public life.

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