Improving the Hand You’re Dealt: Empowering Stakeholders to Seek Better Carbon Policies

Jan 18 — 10:45 AM-11:45 AM PST

Although it dates to at least the 1980s, today the concept of Environmental Justice is resonating like never before. As the nation works toward the goal of fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies, how can biodiesel and renewable diesel help? You’ll hear from EJ and air quality experts. You’ll also see new results from an expanded study on biodiesel’s health impacts at the neighborhood level. Plus, you’ll hear from a fleet manager in Washington, D.C., who prioritizes the health of his employees and community by using biodiesel blends.

Speakers:

Antoine Thompson

Executive Director
Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition

Antoine M. Thompson is a nationally recognized leader for environmental justice, green business, housing, diversity and urban policy. He serves as the Executive Director of the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition (GWRCC), a public-private partnership that promotes the use of clean, American transportation fuels for homeland security, improved air quality, environment justice, diversity and inclusion. He is a partner with Creative PMO Solutions, a consulting firm that focuses on diversity, inclusion, workforce development, project management and public affairs.

In his hometown of Buffalo, New York, Antoine was elected to Buffalo Common Council where he authored the Buffalo’s Fair Housing Law, the Minority and Women Business Enterprise Inclusion Law and secured over $75 million for community development projects. He was elected to the New York State Senate in 2006 and 2008 and served as the Senate Deputy Majority Whip and Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conversation and Co-Chair of the Senate Minority and Woman Business Enterprise Task Force. Antoine is also a licensed real estate agent and the former Executive Director of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, the oldest organization of African-American real estate professionals in the U.S. He led efforts to increase advocacy on Capitol Hill on closing the racial wealth gap through increasing the rate of Black homeownership. In 2021, Antoine was recognized on the Swanepoel Power 200 list ranking of the most influential and powerful leaders and executives in the residential real estate brokerage industry.

Tim Fitzgerald

Fleet Director
DC Water

Tim Fitzgerald serves as Fleet Director, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority. Tim is an experienced biodiesel user, demonstrating a commitment to employee health and the enviornment. Active in NAFA Fleet Management Association and Clean Cities, he received the Greater Washington Clean Cities Vision Award in 2021, as well as Government Fleet magazine and the American Public Works Association (APWA) Leading Fleet Award for 2017. Tim serves as a Biodiesel Ambassador.

Floyd Vergara

Director of State Governmental Affairs
National Biodiesel Board

Floyd Vergara serves as the Director of State Governmental Affairs for the National Biodiesel Board. In this capacity, he manages the West Coast office in Sacramento, CA, and manages a team of professionals responsible for government affairs in all 50 states.

Before joining NBB, Floyd served as Chief and Assistant Chief in the Industrial Strategies Division and Research Division at the California Air Resources Board. With over three decades of experience at CARB, his expertise includes the Low Carbon Fuels Standard, climate change and air quality programs, renewable and conventional fuels, environmental justice, and other environmental issues. Floyd is a licensed Professional Engineer with a BS in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a licensed attorney with a JD from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Moderator:

Liz McCune

Director of Communications
National Biodiesel Board

Liz McCune serves as Director of Communications, responsible for supporting the National Biodiesel Board’s efforts to continue to grow the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry and share our vision. With an in-depth background in strategic communications, Liz is passionate about storytelling and building relationships with industry partners.

She is leading efforts to craft and share messages on the industry’s plans to move from 3 to 6 billion gallons by 2030, as well as promote the National Biodiesel Board and the members it serves. Liz is responsible for the development of communication strategies for the team and supports the industry through content enhancing the Better, Cleaner, Now message.

Liz joined NBB in 2021. Previously, she worked in media relations and served as chief speechwriter to the president at the University of Missouri. Before working for the university, McCune was a reporter and editor at newspapers across the country, including the Florida Times-Union and the Columbia Daily Tribune. McCune, a Missouri native, holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Mizzou.

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