The NGO Energy Vision Elects New Board Members, Including a Former NYC First Deputy Mayor, an Economist Working on Climate Mitigation Projects, and a Leading US Tax Attorney
They'll join other leaders at an October 12 awards event on renewable natural gas in Manhattan, journalists invited
New York, NY - October 3, 2017 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Energy Vision, a national non-profit championing clean, renewable, petroleum-free transportation fuels, including renewable natural gas made from organic waste, has elected three new board members. They are former New York City First Deputy Mayor Norman Steisel, economist and climate mitigation project expert Bipasha Chatterjee, and leading international tax lawyer Stephen Land, who is the incoming board chair.
They will attend an Energy Vision awards event in Manhattan on October 12, and are available for interviews on request.
Norman Steisel is founder, Chairman and CEO of EnEssCo Strategies, a consulting firm serving environmental services and products companies working in waste handling and disposal, water supply and wastewater treatment and alternative clean energy. His previous leadership positions include Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (2003-2008), First Deputy Mayor of the City of New York (1990-1994), Senior Vice President at the investment banking firm Lazard Freres & Co. (1986-1989), New York City Commissioner of Sanitation (1979-1986), New York City's First Deputy Budget Director (1974-1979), and the first civilian head of the policy, management and crime analysis division of New York City's Police Department (1972-74).
As First Deputy Mayor Steisel led day-to-day management of City government operations, finding efficiencies that saved the City $2 billion. At Lazard, he was in charge of investment banking services to environmental firms and municipal governments. As Sanitation Commissioner he rebuilt the City’s waste disposal system, saved the Department $100 million annually by reducing truck crews from three people to two, and introduced other planning processes DSNY pursues to this day. His advocacy of the bottle bill and paper recycling helped get them implemented, marking the beginning of the City's efforts to encourage recycling.
"I got involved with Energy Vision’s because I want to engage the whole spectrum of sustainable development, from policy to implementation," said Steisel. "Lots of people talk about what energy or sustainability policy ought to be and leave it to others to implement. But EV is about getting it to happen in the real world, working with the people on the ground who are introducing new energy strategies. Often implementation will happen through governmental authorities that can get programs financed and launched, and that’s a particular area where my experience can help."
Economist Bipasha Chatterjee has extensive experience leading projects in the areas of climate change mitigation action, the UN Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), greenhouse gas inventory systems and renewable energy-related research. As an economist at the UK firm AEA Technology (now Ricardo-AEA) her clients included the UK Government, Grantham Institute of Climate Change, and the European Commission. Prior to that she worked with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome, and as a governance reform consultant for KPMG Consulting in London.
At AEA and KPMG, Chatterjee contributed directly to consortium and partnership building activities for delivering large-scale projects. She has worked around the world including in the UK, USA, Italy, Thailand, Zimbabwe and India. She teaches Environmental Policy at Columbia University’s Earth Institute as well as Environmental Economics and Urban Economics at Hunter College, City University of New York.
"Climate change not only impacts the wellbeing and wealth of future generations, but also has negative implications for the current economies of the world," said Chatterjee. "As a practitioner in the area of climate mitigation, I recognize the important role of Energy Vision in promoting renewable natural gas technologies and development pathways that could deliver major cost savings for all kinds of economies and across all income groups, especially by preventing further damage from inefficient use of fossil fuel. As a board member I am excited to share EV’s vision, which I believe is both achievable and desirable for our society."
Stephen Land is recognized as one of the top international tax lawyers in the United States. A partner in the law firm of Duval & Stachenfeld LLP and chair of its Tax Practice division, he is also the immediate past Chair of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association, and has published extensively on tax law. Before joining Duval & Stachenfeld, Mr. Land served as the head of the US Tax Practice at the UK law firm Linklaters LLP, where he practiced for 15 years in their New York office. Prior to that he practiced law at the firms Howard, Darby & Levin (now part of Covington & Burling) and Sullivan & Cromwell.
"I chose to serve on EV’s board because its work can have a major impact," said Land, who will take over the chairmanship of Energy Vision’s board in January 2018. "EV is one of those rare organizations that combines terrific objective research with pragmatic activism that can really get things done."
Chatterjee, Land and Steisel will join other Energy Vision, NGO and business leaders for an upcoming Manhattan awards event highlighting the growth of renewable natural gas, the lowest-carbon fuel available today. RNG is net carbon-negative over its lifecycle when food waste is the main feedstock and it is used as a transportation fuel. The event takes place October 12 6:30-9:30pm at the Ramscale Studio Penthouse (13th Floor) 463 West Street New York, NY. Journalists and bloggers are invited to attend and cover. For more information, to RSVP or to request side interviews, please contact Stephen Kent, firstname.lastname@example.org, 914-589-5988.
About Energy Vision
Energy Vision is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to research, analyze and promote the technologies and strategies - viable today - required to transition toward a sustainable, low-carbon energy and transportation future.
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