Bluegrass Chapter Meeting

Meeting Title: Climate Change -- A Convenient Truth
Meeting Details:

January Program: Climate Change - A Convenient Truth!

Climate Change -- A Convenient Truth

Tom Werkema

The current understanding of the science of climate change will be reviewed, both the "knowns" and the "unknowns." The current international Kyoto Protocol negotiations and the industry relevant issues as well as positions by the significant parties are presented. In addition, current U.S. voluntary programs (including President Bush’s programs), current US State/Federal initiatives, EU Commission derived programs, member state programs, Canadian programs, and possible impacts on U.S. industry are reviewed.

Tom Werkema graduated from the University of Michigan in 1971 with a BS in Chemical Engineering and in 1975 from Seidman Graduate School, a division of Grand Valley State University, with an MBA. Mr. Werkema has worked in the chemical industry for a variety of companies, building chemical plants, running them as plant manager, and in 1987, became Business Manager for the Industrial Chemical Division of Pennwalt, a $200 million business. In 1993, he became Vice President of Government Activities for Paris based ATOFINA, the successor to Pennwalt, which was spun off in 2006 and renamed Arkema Inc.
For the past 17 years, Mr. Werkema has been involved in and attended United Nations meetings of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change. Mr. Werkema is an internationally known expert on Climate Change and Ozone Depletion science and politics and was recently recognized for his contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Nobel Peace Prize award, shared with Al Gore.
Mr. Werkema is a Presidential Government Activities appointee for ASHRAE's Chapter Technology Transfer Committee, 2001-2004, 2006-2009 and was a Presidential appointee to its Advocacy Committee (2001-2009) and was a member of the Climate Change Committee (TC 2.5, 1999-2009). He was elected to the ASHRAE Board in 2009 as a Director-At-Large for 2009-2012. He was nominated in 2012 to serve on the ASHRAE Board of Directors for the 2012-2013 Society year. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, a leading fluorocarbon advocacy group, the Board of Directors for the International Climate Change Partnership, various committees for the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute, including Chair of the Responsible Use Guide work group, CPI Rigid Foams Committee and leadership roles in several other trade associations. Mr.Werkema has been a Distinguished Lecturer for ASHRAE since 2000, specializing in ozone, climate change, advocacy and other international issues.

Meeting Start: Jan. 16, 2013, noon
Meeting End: Jan. 16, 2013, 1 p.m.
Location Details:http://www.bluegrassashrae.org/events-schedule/meeting-locations/campbell-house-lexington/
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