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City Club of Cleveland - Climate Change: From Risk to Opportunity, A Change in Perspective
Eileen Claussen
President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change

Eileen Claussen heads the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, an independent organization dedicated to providing credible information and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change. The Pew Center publishes reports on domestic and international policy, environmental impacts, and practical solutions relating to global climate change, and its Business Environmental Leadership Council, a group of 39 leading companies, establishes and meets emission reduction objectives; invests in new, more efficient products, practices and technologies; and supports action to achieve cost-effective emission reductions.

Claussen is the former assistant secretary of state for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. She also served for three years as a special assistant to the President and senior director for Global Environmental Affairs at the National Security Council.

From 1987 to 1993, Claussen was director of Atmospheric Programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she directed international and domestic activities related to the depletion of the ozone layer, developed the acid rain program under Title IV of the Clean Air Act, negotiated the Clean Air Accord with Canada, and directed the development of the EPA's energy efficiency programs. She served as the deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation (1990-91) and directed various programs at the EPA, including those dealing with the land disposal of hazardous waste (1972-87).

Claussen is the recipient of several awards, including the Fitzhugh Green Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Environmental Protection. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute; the Council on Foreign Relations; the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development; and served as a Commissioner on the Pew Oceans Commission.
March 20, 2006