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“Earth Day Episode” with Ralph Cavanagh, Natural Resources Defense Council

Leadership Lyceum: A CEO's Virtual Mentor

Release Date: 04/24/2018

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Welcome to Episode 15.  This is The Leadership Lyceum’s special Earth Day 2018 episode of A CEO’s Virtual Mentor on Climate Change and Clean Energy.

We are pleased to present an interview with Ralph Cavanagh, Co-Director of the Energy Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council from October 23, 2017. 

We honor Earth Day by bringing in a much deeper perspective than is typically seen by the environmentally-conscious consumer.  We look deeply at the prospects for clean energy on a massive scale in the western region of the US through the lens of the NRDC, the remarkable development of energy efficiency as a resource, and the exciting prospects for clean energy integration across the west through electricity grid regionalization in the western electric transmission grid.   

The Natural Resources Defense Council or NRDC is an NGO with really a superhero's mission of working to safeguard the earth, its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. This is a tall order, requiring courageous, charismatic, and competent policy-oriented leaders of influence to carry out the mission. Ralph Cavanagh joined the NRDC in 1979 and has focused on removing barriers to cost effective energy efficiency, and on the role that electric and gas utilities can play in leading a clean energy transition.

Ralph has taught energy law and policy at Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, U.C. Berkeley Law School, and at the University of Idaho. Ralph serves on several boards. The Bipartisan Policy Center, The Northwest Energy Coalition, Renewable Northwest, The Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies. Ralph chairs the advisory board of the U.C. Davis Energy Efficiency Center. He's a graduate of Yale University, and Yale Law School.

Program Guide for Episode 15

"The Earth Day Episode"

0:33                 Introduction to Episode 15                              

Part One

2:00                 Introduction to the NRDC Mission

4:37                 Energy Efficiency 

8:15                 Integrated Strategies for Energy Efficiency       

Part Two

16:27               Western Electric Grid Integration

34:28               End of Episode                                                

 

Informative and Helpful Links

The Natural Resources Defense Council - https://www.nrdc.org/

 

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Your host Thomas B. Linquist is the Founder and Managing Partner of Lyceum Leadership Consulting and Lyceum Leadership Productions. Over his 15 years in management and leadership consulting he has served a wide array of industrial clients.  This includes leadership assessment and search for chief executive officers, chief financial officers, chief operating officers and boards of directors.  He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and over his 25-year career has served in a variety of roles: as an engineer with Shell Oil Company, a banker with ABN AMRO Bank, and as treasurer was the youngest corporate officer in the 150+ year history at Peoples Energy Company in Chicago.  He is an expert on hiring and promotion decisions and leadership development.  Over the course of his search career, he has interviewed thousands of leaders. 

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