America faces a daunting dilemma. Oil prices have hit record highs, foreign conflicts highlight our increasing dependence on energy imports, and our energy policy is the single most important challenge to our environment. The pursuit of energy efficiency is vital to the health of America, and the world. Join the Green Mountain Global Forum on Tuesday, June 19, at 7:00 PM, at the Big Picture as it presents Michael Dworkin, a Vermont Law School professor, Chair of the Vermont Public Service Board from 1999 to 2005, and a nationally recognized leader in energy and environmental law.

According to Professor Dworkin, "Energy policy is our world's most important environmental issue, and environmental constraints may be the energy sector's most important challenge."

Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Nora Brownell says, "Michael Dworkin has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in his ability to gather consensus around substantive solutions and has added great value to energy and environmental developments in both the Northeast and on a national basis." In his talk Dworkin will consider some of our current challenges and opportunities in these areas. In addition, Dworkin will have fresh global insights to share from his two trips to China this spring where he spoke with energy and environmental officials in Beijing and Guangdong and (with the Chair of the Environmental Committee of the National People's Congress) keynoted a USAID conference panel organized by Vermont Law and Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou.

Professor Dworkin has deep roots and experience in America's energy and environmental worlds. He has been a utility regulator, an environmental litigator, and a successful small businessman. Dworkin is the founder and Director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment, which offers an advanced curriculum on energy and regulatory law, provides forums and conferences for professional education and issue development, and serves as a center for graduate research and publication on environmental and energy issues. He is also a director of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and an "outside" director of the Electric Power Research Institute.

See Michael Dworkin's power point presentation.

Venue: Big Picture Theater, 7pm start.