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For Immediate Release: November 7, 2007
Contact: Gina Hebert, 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu

Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs to Discuss State’s Energy Policies at MBL Lecture, November 16

Ian Bowles
Ian A. Bowles, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Ian A. Bowles will return to his hometown of Woods Hole to discuss the state’s energy policies in the final lecture of the 2007 Semester in Environmental Science Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series on Friday, November 16, 2007 at 3:00 PM in the Marine Biological Laboratory’s (MBL’s) Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole. The lecture, titled “Science, Public Policy, and Economics of Clean Energy in the Commonwealth,” is free and open to the public. Public parking is available in the MBL’s Bar Neck Road parking lot, 33 Bar Neck Road, across from the Woods Hole Yacht Club.

Last March, Bowles approved the final environmental impact statement submitted by Cape Wind to construct a wind-turbine farm in Nantucket Sound. This action advanced Cape Wind’s proposal to the state permitting process. Bowles’ lecture will address his stance on the controversial wind-farm project, as well as other energy initiatives in the state.

Bowles has nearly 20 years of experience in the energy and environmental sectors. He was a Director or Advisor to three clean energy technologies companies and has broad leadership experience with environmental policy. Bowles served in the Clinton Administration as Associate Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as Senior Director of the Global Environmental Affairs directorate at the National Security Council.

Following his service in the Clinton Administration, Bowles held appointments as a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and as Senior Advisor at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, where he oversaw the foundation’s strategic analysis of energy and climate change issues.

In 2003, Bowles served as President and CEO of MassINC, a Boston-based research institute, and as Publisher of CommonWealth magazine. Earlier in his career, Bowles served for eight years in key leadership positions at Conservation International, a national environmental organization focused on biodiversity conservation. Bowles serves on the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Science and on the Governing Board of the John Adams Innovation Institute. He is co-author of Footprints in the Jungle (Oxford University Press) on the energy and natural resource industries and environmental practices. He holds an A.B. in economics from Harvard College and a Masters degree from Oxford University, where he remains an adjunct faculty member at the graduate school of the Environment and Geography.

Bowles’ talk at the MBL caps off a series of lectures by some of the top practitioners of environmental science in the world. The lectures are organized by the Semester in Environmental Science program at the MBL Ecosystems Center, which gives undergraduate students from around the country the opportunity to spend their fall semester studying and performing research with leading-edge scientists in the field.


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