Common Ground Bar & Grill – 319 Broadway, Arlington
Special Guest: Kevin Knobloch, Senior Research Fellow, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
“Using Open Space to Store Carbon Emissions”
Join the Arlington Land Trust at a new location for our Annual Meeting featuring a short business agenda and a presentation by ALT co-founder and past president Kevin Knobloch, a long-time Arlington resident.
Until January 2017, Kevin was Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Energy for nearly four years in the Obama Administration. Previously, he was President of the Union of Concerned Scientists for ten years and Director of Conservation Programs at the Appalachian Mountain Club. Kevin holds a Master in Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
His presentation to the Land Trust will focus on national and international policies to address climate change, including his work on the Mid-Century Strategy, a program required of all the countries that signed the Paris Climate Accord. The strategy features an extensive discussion (and reliance upon) using agricultural lands and forest lands to store carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Kevin will share his insights into how this approach is relevant to anyone who cares about the role of open space, including wetlands, farms and forests, in sharply decarbonizing our economies and planet. He will also connect the discussion to the concerns of regional, state and local land trusts.