July 28, 2016 – Ann Carlson, Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law and faculty co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, was invited by the U.S. State Department and its embassy in Berlin, Germany to give a series of lectures in Berlin and Frankfurt about U.S. climate and energy policy and to discuss the regulation of the transportation sector in light of the Volkswagen emissions scandal.
Professor Carlson gave five talks to a range of groups, including the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, an international think tank located in Potsdam; Ecologic Institute, an interdisciplinary center focused on environmental research; faculty members of the Technical University of Darmstadt Energy Center; and Konrad-Adenauer-Siftung, the foundation arm of the Christian Democratic Party. In addition to meeting with U.S. Ambassador John Emerson, Professor Carlson also sat for a press roundtable with reporters from Der Spiegel and Taz, two of Germany’s leading news outlets.
This is the second invitation by the U.S. State Department that Professor Carlson has received over the last year. In October of 2015 she travelled to Moscow and Barnaul, Siberia at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Russia, where she spoke about California climate policy to a group of leading environmental economists and leaders of Non-Governmental Organizations at the U.S. Embassy. She was the keynote speaker at a conference on cap and trade policy at Altai Technical University in Barnaul, and also attended a reception at the U.S. Ambassador to Russia's residence.