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Marilyn Brown ( Energy Efficiency and Conservation) is Professor of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to coming to Georgia Tech, Dr. Brown had a distinguished career at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Brown's expertise is in the field of energy policy and technology forecasting, including the development and deployment of sustainable energy technologies, their commercialization, and the evaluation of energy programs and policies. Dr. Brown has been an expert witness in hearings before Committees of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U. S. Senate. She serves on the board of directors of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and the Alliance to Save Energy.

William Chameides ( Meeting Emissions Targets: Carbon Trading, Taxes, and Offsets) is Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Previously he was Chief Scientist at Environmental Defense and before that Regents Professor and Smithgall Chair at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and recipient of the American Geophysical Union's Macelwane Award. Dr. Chameides' research focuses on elucidating the coupled chemical, physical, and biological processes that shape our environment, and thereby help to identify pathways toward a sustainable future.

Chris Clark ( Conserve Georgia: Creating a Culture of Conservation) is the Executive Director of the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA). GEFA serves as the State bank by providing loans and grants for Clean Drinking Water, Clean Water, weatherization, economic development, and solid waste projects for local governments. GEFA also finances the Governor's Land Conservation Program and houses the State Energy Office, Georgia's alternative fuels effort, and the state fuel storage tank program. In 2007 GEFA provided over $288 million in local grants and loans and currently, over half of Georgia communities receive GEFA funding, totaling over $2 billion.

Judith Curry ( Georgia Climate Change) is Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Curry's research interests include the climate dynamics of the Arctic, climatology of hurricanes, and applications of satellite data to interpreting recent variations in the climate data record. Dr. Curry has recently served on the National Academies Climate Research Committee and the Space Studies Board, and the NOAA Climate Working Group. Dr. Curry is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Geophysical Union.

Jay E. Hakes ( Developments in Federal Climate Change Policy) served as the administrator of the Energy Information Administration, the independent data and analytic arm of the U.S. Department of Energy during the 1990's. During that time, he supervised most of the federal government's energy data collections, analysis and long-range energy trend projections. He also directed studies on how long world oil supplies would last, the status of the oil reserves in Alaska, and the costs of the Kyoto Treaty on global warming. He has testified about energy issues before congressional committees on 26 occasions and briefed major officials throughout the U.S. government and around the world. He is currently Director of the Carter Presidential Library.

Danny Herrin ( Future Power Generation in Georgia) is Manager of Climate and Environmental Strategies at Southern Company. In this position he directs a company-wide effort to develop compliance strategies for current and future environmental requirements, including potential climate change requirements. Danny has over 34 years experience in the environmental field including local and federal government, industry, and 27 years with Southern Company.

Jeremy Hess ( Climate Change in Georgia: Public Health Threats and Response) is a consultant for the Director of the National Center for Environmental Health at CDC. He works on climate change and health issues, administering CDC's climate change response plan and coordinating research activities. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Environmental and Occupational Health at Emory University's School of Medicine and Public Health.

Jeff Seabright is Vice President, Environment and Water Resources, at The Coca-Cola Company. Jeff has held several positions in government and business, including as a foreign service officer in the U.S. State Department and as legislative assistant to U.S. Senators Timothy E. Wirth and John D. Rockefeller IV. He moved to the White House in 1999 to be the executive director of the Climate Change Task Force. Seabright also serves on the Boards of the American Council for Renewable Energy, the Keystone Center and the Nature Conservancy.

J. Marshall Shepherd ( 2007 IPCC Results: Implications for Georgia) is an associate professor in the Department of Geography/Atmospheric Sciences Program at the University of Georgia (UGA). He conducts research in atmospheric sciences, climatology, water cycle processes and urban climate systems. Prior to joining the UGA faculty, Dr. Shepherd spent 12 years as a research meteorologist at NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center where he served as Deputy Project Scientist for the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. He is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award, appeared on Black Enterprise Magazine's 2005 Hot List, and is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Executive Council, the National Science Foundation ERE advisory council, and the NOAA Climate Working Group. Dr. Shepherd is a contributing author on the 2007 Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR4 report.

David Stooksbury ( A Primer on Drought History in Georgia) is the Georgia State Climatologist and a Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Georgia. His research expertise is in agricultural meteorology, hydroclimatology, and water resources.

Peter Webster ( Sea Level Rise, Hurricanes, and Coastal Adaptation) is a Professor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Webster's area of research is focused on the climate dynamics of the tropics, including the forecasting of rainfall, floods and droughts in monsoon regions of the world, and also hurricanes. Dr. Webster is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, the Royal Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received a number of awards including the Jule Charney Award and the Carl Gustav Rossby Research Medal from the American Meteorological Society, and the Adrian Gill Award from the Royal Meteorological Society.

Lynette Young ( Climate Change and Atlanta) is the President and CEO of Damespointe. She is currently helping the City of Atlanta develop strategies and execute solutions around environmental sustainability. She is the former Chief Operating Officer for the City of Atlanta under Mayor Shirley Franklin and previously served under Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke as Chief of Staff, functioning as both Chief Administrative and Chief Operating Officer of the city.

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