Sophisticated Interdependence in Climate Policy: Brazil; Germany; and the United States [06/22/2014]


  • Dr. Vivian E. Thomson, Associate Professor, Departments of Environmental Sciences and Politics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Virginia Parente, Professor of Finance and Energy Economics, The Institute of Energy and Environment (IEE), University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Rebecca Bertram, Program Director, Environment and Global Dialogue, Heinrich Boell Foundation-North America, Washington, D.C. USA,
  • Panel discussion between Dr. Vivian E. Thomson and Rebecca Bertram, Virginia Parente.
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Program Summary:

The EmeraldPlanet weekly television programs are broadcast and distributed via Channel 10 TV in Fairfax, Virginia USA. The programs are being simulcast to 2095 stations around the United States and then overseas by the Internet and C-SPAN television. The EmeraldPlanet programs are currently available in all countries and territories around the world.  The Emerald Trek and companion The Emerald Mini-Treks are identifying the 1,000 “best practices” on location from the 143 nations, 750 cities, and 50,000 communities by Internet TV, local television stations, main stream media outlets, YouTube, Facebook, The EmeraldPlanet Meetup, Twitter, among other social media networks, and all manner of print media.

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Our featured guests are:

  • Segment ‘1’: Dr. Vivian E. Thomson, Associate Professor, Departments of Environmental Sciences and Politics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia (In Studio);
  • Segment ‘2’:  Dr. Virginia Parente, Professor of Finance and Energy Economics, The Institute of Energy and Environment (IEE), University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (By Skype)*;
  • Segment ‘3’:  Rebecca Bertram, Program Director, Environment and Global Dialogue, Heinrich Boell Foundation-North America, Washington, D.C.  USA, (In Studio);
  • Segment ‘4’:  Panel discussion between Dr. Vivian E. Thomson and Rebecca Bertram, (In-Studio), Dr. Virginia Parente, (By Skype)* with Dr. Sam Hancock, CM, Producer and Host, The EmeraldPlanet TV; and
    • *With Special Guest Dr. Vivian E. Thomson, Associate Professor, Departments of Environmental Sciences and Politics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia (Skype Back-Up) (In Studio).

Dr. Vivian E. Thomson is Associate Professor in the Departments of Environmental Science and Politics at the top-ranked University of Virginia (UVA), USA.  Dr. Thomson is an environmental policy expert with 30 years of practical and academic experience at the local, state, national, and international levels.  US News and World Report ranks the University of Virginia number two [#2] among public universities in the United States.

At UVA, Professor Thomson directs the interdisciplinary Bachelors of Arts (BA) program “Environmental Thought and Practice” and the “Panama Initiative”.  Her most recent book is Sophisticated Interdependence in Climate Policy: Federalism in the United States, Brazil, and Germany (Anthem Press, 2014).  Reviews say the book is, “packed with insights, provides rich material for scholars and policymakers, and offers a politically astute roadmap,” and “skillfully identifies common ground to break today’s stalemates.”  Her first book, Garbage In, Garbage Out: Solving the Problems with Long-Distance Trash Transport (University of Virginia Press, 2009), was hailed as an “outstanding book” and “a substantial contribution to the field of environmental policy.”

From 2002 to 2010 Dr. Thomson was Vice Chair and Member of the Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board, the state’s air pollution regulatory body as an appointee of Virginia Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.  She has been Senior Policy Analyst and Manager at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).  Dr. Thomson has been a Distinguished Fulbright Chair at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.

Dr. Virginia Parente is a Professor of Finance and Energy Economics in The Institute of Energy and Environment (IEE), The University of Sao Paulo (USP).  This institution of higher education is the most important Brazilian university.   It was founded in 1934. It has more than 92,000 enrolled students, from which 51.7% are men and 48.3%, women. One third [1/3rd] of these students are enrolled in Graduated Programs and the other two thirds [2/3rds] in Undergraduate ones.

It was top ranked in the last year survey among Latin American universities located from Mexico through to Chile.  USP is also responsible for one fourth [1/4th] of the total scientific research developed in Brazil which has been released in international journals in recent years.  A number of interdisciplinary research projects have been developed involving climate change issues.  Within its research groups there is “The Carbon Emission Policy and Regulation Group” (NUPPREC) for which Dr. Parente is Vice-Coordinator.

Before joining academia, she worked as executive in the investment banking sector, mainly in infrastructure financing.  She was Director for The Brazilian Society of Energy Planning and also President for The Strategic Committee of Energy at Amcham-Brazil, which is now the biggest among the 104 American Chambers there are in the world. She was Board Director of Eletrobras, Latin America’s biggest power utility company.  Dr. Parente is now a member of the Board of Directors of two other institutions, “CHESF” an electric utility company in North East-Brazil, and ANACE-Brazil, an electricity consumers’ association.

Rebecca Bertram is the Program Director for Environment and Global Dialogue at the Heinrich Boell Foundation – North America located in Washington D.C. Her program fosters transatlantic and global dialogue in support of a low carbon economy agenda, with a particular focus on renewable energies. Rebecca is responsible for the communication of Germany’s ambitious energy transition called “Energiewende”.

The Heinrich Boell Foundation – North America is a German public policy foundation affiliated with the German Green Party. It is a catalyst for a national green vision and projects for the Federal Republic of Germany.  It is a think tank for policy and reform as well as nurtures extensive international networks. The Foundation works with 160 projects partners in over 60 countries.  It currently maintains 30 offices worldwide.

June 22, 2014

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