Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich addresses climate change

Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich, Inc. (RMA) hosts Robert Klee who will talk about, “How Connecticut is Addressing the Challenges of Climate Change” Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 11 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church, Lafayette Place, Greenwich.

Climate change is upon us. A warming climate is bringing changes in Connecticut that affect our water supplies, agriculture, power and transportation systems, the natural environment, and even our own health and safety. The state has a wide range of programs designed to mitigate and adapt to these changes. How effective have these been and what are the prospects for progress in the future?

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is the state agency responsible for addressing climate change. More broadly it is charged with conserving, improving and protecting the state’s natural resources and environment, providing first-rate outdoor recreation opportunities, and bringing cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy to Connecticut’s residents and businesses.  DEEP is focused on integrating energy and environmental policies and helping Connecticut to build a sustainable and prosperous 21st-century economy.

Rob Klee is the Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. He joined DEEP in April 2011. Prior to joining state service, Commissioner Klee was an attorney with Wiggin and Dana LLP, in New Haven, where he specialized in appellate work and energy and environmental law. From 2004 to 2005 Commissioner Klee worked as a Law Clerk for the U.S. District Court in Connecticut and from 2005 to 2006 as a Law Clerk for the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  He served as a Research Affiliate in the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies from 2006 to 2008.

Commissioner Klee holds a Ph.D. from Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in industrial ecology, a law degree from Yale, and an undergraduate degree from Princeton in geology and environmental science.  Commissioner Klee and his wife Anne have two sons.

The Greenwich Retired Men’s Association offers a free program every Wednesday that is open to the public, both men and women; no reservations are required. Our social break starts at 10:40 a.m. followed promptly by our speaker at 11 a.m. Programs are at the First Presbyterian Church, 1 West Putnam in Greenwich.  For additional information see greenwichrma.org or contact [email protected]

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