September 17th Virtual Meeting featuring Dr. Christopher Avery on the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement

CSW is happy to announce the September (virtual) meeting will feature a presentation by

Dr. Christopher W. Avery,

Chair of the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement on

The ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement: Creating a hub for the future of the chemical enterprise

The Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI) is a governance committee of the American Chemical Society. Charged with a variety of roles within ACS, CEI functions as a main hub of work for all things environment-related, including developing policy statements, identifying partnerships, and driving the conversation within the chemistry community around sustainability writ large. As such, CEI is a unique hub of both traditional bench-focused chemistry expertise as well as non-traditional chemistry expertise. It is the interaction between these two professional spaces around a shared priority that allows for highly effective and collaborative work.

This talk will discuss how ACS governance works, how CEI fulfills its charge within ACS, some major efforts CEI participates in, and what future sustainability work for the Society can and should be. A significant portion of time will be dedicated to discussion and debate to provide opportunity for the audience to participate in driving the agenda of CEI in the future.

September 17, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time

**Register in advance for this meeting**

Christopher W. Avery, Ph.D.

Chris Avery, Ph.D., is the Senior Manager for Global Climate Assessments at ICF, an international science consulting firm based in Fairfax, VA. Currently, Dr. Avery serves as the Chief of Staff for the National Climate Assessment at the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). In this role, he manages the development, review, and publication of the National Climate Assessment. Prior to his current position, Dr. Avery worked as a Senior Advisor and director of communications for the National Council for Science and the Environment. Before that, Dr. Avery worked as a Senior Advisor in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Dr. Avery worked with DOE’s clean energy technology division to facilitate engagement with state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, renewable energy industries, and the Department of Energy’s National Labs. He advised high-level Administration officials and external stakeholders on strategy, policy, and public engagement opportunities. His fields of policy expertise include climate, energy, environment, and clean technology.

Dr. Avery was a 2011-2012 ACS Congressional Science Policy Fellow, working in the United States Senate as a science advisor. Dr. Avery worked for Senator Chris Coons on the Senator’s energy and environment legislative team, with additional involvement in federal procurement and scientific integrity issues. He also served as a Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academies, and worked for the Board on Science, Technology & Economic Policy. He participated in multiple projects related to intellectual property, energy technology, greenhouse gases, tax codes, standards setting and water rights. Dr. Avery earned a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry and a graduate certificate in science, technology, and public policy from the University of Michigan.