Senior Program Director, Policy and BICEP Program
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Anne L. Kelly is Senior Program Director, Policy and BICEP Program at Ceres, a non-profit coalition of investors and companies, which seeks to promote leadership and best practices in sustainability. Anne also directs Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) a coalition of twenty-three leading consumer-facing companies including Nike, Starbucks and eBay seeking to advocate for meaningful climate and energy policy at the federal level. She is a registered lobbyist and is actively engaged on Capitol Hill on behalf of Ceres and BICEP member companies.
Anne is an environmental lawyer with twenty years of combined experience in the private and public sectors. In the 1990’s she directed the Massachusetts-based Environmental Crimes Strike Force consisting of a multi-disciplinary team of legal and engineering professionals charged with brining high-profile civil and criminal actions against environmental violators through the MA Office of the Attorney General. She later worked as Special Assistant to EPA Region I Administrator John DeVillars. In this role she worked on corporate leadership programs and developed an International Pollution Prevention Program which was piloted in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Anne is a certified mediator and a founding partner in the Boston-based law and mediation firm, Creative Resolutions, LLC where she served clients facing environmental disputes at the state and federal levels.
Anne is a member of the adjunct faculty of Boston College Law School where she has taught courses in environmental law and climate change. Anne has also taught environmental law at Tufts University, Suffolk University and New England School of Law. She serves on the board of the Environmental League of Massachusetts. In addition to her JD, Anne holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Recent Blog Posts
Thanks to the immediacy recognized by so many countries concerning the need to address climate change, the Paris Climate Agreement entered into force much faster than anyone could have anticipated. For the first time, we have a global climate agreement that is unprecedented in terms of ambition, defining for the global economy, and immediate in terms of the impact on domestic policy and business action already gathering momentum.
Mention the word "sustainable" to a liberal member of Congress and you immediately have credibility, common ground with many. Mention the word "sustainable" to a conservative member and you might have a disagreement on your hands or, at a minimum, whatever you say after that will go unheard. But what does "sustainable" mean?
On Friday, the biggest players in technology and some of the largest consumer brands submitted separate friend-of-the-court briefs providing resounding support for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, which the Supreme Court placed a hold on in February while the D.C. Circuit Court reviews the legality of the regulations.
On February 9, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling to pause implementation of the Clean Power Plan while the lower court reviews the legality of the regulations. The “stay” of the rule means that the EPA may not enforce the Clean Power Plan pending the resolution of the case on the merits. While the ultimate legal outcome is unclear at this point, what is very clear is that the pace and scale of the transition to a thriving, clean economy is now undeniable, irresistible, and inevitable.
In his second Inaugural Address, President Obama set the stage for a renewed course of action on energy and climate change. The path going forward won't be easy, but the President's statement affirms that climate change remains a front and center priority of this Administration.