The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Winter Committee Meetings presented an interesting blend of discussion concerning both long-standing issues and more recent “hot topics.” Depending on the room you were in it either felt like you were at the Renaissance Washington Hotel… or “Hotel California.”
Greenhouse gas emissions and carbon pollution control created a heated atmosphere at last week’s 2013 Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) annual meeting. Climate change drove the agenda from the start to finish.
The arrival of summer seems like a good time to review the value proposition the Groups provide – really, a good time to review the reasons we are involved with these organizations, the associated travel and the time and resource commitments. The following are the seven most important questions to reflect upon as we plan for a summer schedule full of Groups meetings.
Last Thursday afternoon, the Council of State Governments (CSG) released the Docket for its upcoming SSL meeting that will be held in conjunction with its 2013 Leadership Forum June 21-24 in Washington, D.C.
Attorneys General and their staff from many southern states gathered in Tampa, Florida January 26 and 27 to learn about all aspects of disaster preparedness. From enforcing price gouging statutes to managing their offices more effectively in a disaster, the conference provided an opportunity to share best practices and provide guidance to the private sector. While there were some excellent presentations about what Attorneys General offices can do to better prepare for disasters and how best to respond, I want to focus on the messages most relevant to the private sector.
The growing tensions between the nation’s cities and towns and the federal government over anticipated budget cuts and nearing Supercommittee deadlines were on display last week at the National League of Cities (NLC) Congress of Cities and Exposition in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) convened its 18th Annual Meeting earlier this week in Indianapolis, Indiana. Having attended all but one ECOS meeting since the inception of the organization in 1993, it has been a while since I’ve seen anything happen for the first time. The states agreed to craft a message to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the costs and challenges of its greenhouse gas emissions reduction policy.
Attending these meetings is a big commitment of resources, and perhaps more important, your time. As you think back on the Group meetings you attended, did they help set the stage for a successful 2011? And, what value are you returning to your organization in exchange for all of those airline miles you accrued? Now is the perfect time to take stock of the Groups work you performed this summer.