Alumni College: Building a Sustainable America

How Business, Government, and Society Are Going Gree
with Dr. Alan Hecht, EPA Director of Sustainable Development

Event Details
  Alumni College: Building a Sustainable America
  May 1, 2012 6:30 PM
  May 1, 2012 8:30 PM
  Science Hall, Sokol Seminar Room (First Floor)
Registration is required. You may register online, by phone at 973-655-4141, or email

In simple terms, sustainability is about taking steps to ensure society has and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to sustain human health and the environment. The EPA defines sustainability as an effort “to create and maintain conditions, under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations.”

But what  What does a sustainable society look like? Join alumni, students, industry professionals, and others for a discussion of sustainability in the coporate, government, and public sectors.

Topics to be discussed:
  • What does sustainability mean in terms of policy, business, and everyday life?
  • What does a sustainable society look like?
  • How can we meet environmental and economic goals simultaneously?
  • What can we expect from the forthcoming EPA "Green Book"?
  • How the EPA is incorporating sustainability concepts across all programs?
Register for this event online, by phone at 973-655-4141, or by email.


Dr. Alan Hecht
Director of Sustainable Development

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Dr. Hecht manages the EPA's research programs on science and technology sustainability. Spanning a federal career of 34 years, he previously served as Director for International Affairs at the National Security Council and Associate Director for Sustainable Development at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (2001-2003). He served as White House Coordinator for US participation in the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development.

Before his detail to the White House, he was EPA's Deputy Assistant Administrator for International Activities from 1989 to 2001. He led EPA's negotiating team for the Environmental Side Agreement to the NAFTA and participated in negotiating and setting up of the NAFTA-created Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC), Border Environmental Cooperation Commission (BECC) and the North American Development Bank (NADBank).

He served in science and policy position with the National Oceanographic Adminstration where he was Director of the National Climate Program Office where he was instrumental in creating the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Before his position at NOAA he was Director of the Climate Dynamics Program at the National Science Foundation (1976-1981).

In his long career Dr Hecht has received the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award, (1999) and two of EPA's highest award (gold medal) for negotiation of the Side Agreement to the NAFTA, and for initiating and implementing the program of safe storage of spent nuclear fuel in Russia. He has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since 1981.)

Eric B. Svenson, Jr.
Vice President - Policy and Environmental Health & Safety 
PSEG Services Corporation

Eric B. Svenson, Jr. was named vice president – policy and environment, health and safety (EH&S) of PSEG Services Corporation, in January 2010. He is responsible for assessing and developing policy positions on emerging issues relevant to PSEG; developing and administering EH&S policy; assuring compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal EHS laws and regulations; and, providing industrial safety support services to the businesses of PSEG.

Mr. Svenson has been with PSEG for 36 years in electric power production, business development, and environmental and governmental affairs. In more recent roles leading up to being named vice president, he had been responsible for directing PSEG’s Washington lobbying activities to advance and protect PSEG’s business interests before the United States Congress and federal regulatory agencies.

Mr. Svenson has provided testimony before the United States Senate on clean air issues, and at numerous New Jersey, Northeast, and national forums on electric industry restructuring and environmental matters. He has co-chaired EPA’s Climate Change Workgroup focused on best available control technology for greenhouse gases. He has also co- authored, with the Natural Resources Defense Council, several reports benchmarking electric power industry emissions.

Mr. Svenson graduated with honors from the Stevens Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Engineering degree, and earned his master’s degree in engineering from Stevens Institute. He is also a licensed New Jersey Professional Engineer.

Mr. Svenson is a founding board member of the Northeast not-for-profit Clean Air - Cool Planet, located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He is also on the not-for-profit boards of the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technologies (NJCAT); the Northeast States Center for Clean Air Future located in Boston, Massachusetts; and the Center for Clean Air Policy in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Michael Weinstein
Director, PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies

College of Science and Mathematics
Montclair State University

Michael P. Weinstein, Ph.D., was named Director of the newly created PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies in May, 2009. Prior to joining Montclair State’s College of Science and Mathematics, Dr. Weinstein was president of the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium and Director of the New Jersey Sea Grant College Program, an affiliation of colleges, universities and other groups dedicated to advancing knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment.

Dr. Weinstein has an international reputation for his work in sustainability and restoration science, and brings his vision, energy, expertise and transdisciplinary approach to Montclair State to help build Montclair State University's PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies. He holds a PhD in Marine and Environmental Science from Florida State University and has an outstanding record of scholarship that ranges from wetlands and restoration ecology, sustainability science and coastal management to invasive species ecology, larval fish transport, and physiology of fish.

Dr. Weinstein is also the recipient of numerous awards including Educator of the Year, Research & Development Council of New Jersey 2008, Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, 2006, Spirit Award, Coastal America 2005 and Environmental Quality Award, A Partnership for Learning, USEPA, Region II, 2000.

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