Upgrading America’s Infrastructure

Smart Investments for Our Economy, Health, and Climate

The past several years have shown what investing in infrastructure can do to spur innovation and economic growth, as seen in the rise of clean energy technologies, as well as what delayed investment or neglect can do to damage our communities, as seen tragically in Flint, Michigan. Investing in U.S. energy, water, and transportation infrastructure, and identifying supportive policies to do so, is critical to achieving the nation’s climate change goals; increasing economic opportunity; and ensuring our communities have safe and affordable access to the vital resources that they need.

Please join the Center for American Progress and NextGen Climate America at a half-day conference featuring three panel discussions centered on energy, water, and transportation infrastructure. Our distinguished speakers and experts will discuss how federal policymakers can update America’s infrastructure to create jobs, protect public health, and respond to the intensifying challenges of climate change.

Keynote Speakers:
Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Transportation
Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Energy


Distinguished Panelists Include:

A Conversation with:
Tom Steyer, Founder, NextGen Climate America

Neera Tanden, President & CEO, Center for American Progress

Remarks:
Sean McGarvey, President of the North America’s Building Trades Unions

Expanding America’s Clean Energy Infrastructure:
Kim Glas, Executive Director, Blue Green Alliance
Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy & Finance for the State of New York
Vien Truong, Director, Green For All
Moderator: Greg Dotson, Vice President, Energy Policy, Center for American Progress

Meeting the Water Needs of American Communities:
Rich Benkowski, Training Specialist, United Association
Rudy Chow, Director, Baltimore Department of Public Works
Peter Grevatt, Director, EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water

Moderator: Nancy Stoner, Water Program Director and Senior Fellow, Pisces Foundation

Investing in Smart Transportation:

Kevin DeGood, Director, Infrastructure Policy, Center for American Progress

Margo Oge, Distinguished Fellow at ClimateWorks, Former Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality at EPA
Lynn Peterson, Senior Transportation Policy Advisor, Smart Growth America
Edward Wytkind, President, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO
Moderator: Dan Lashof, Chief Operating Officer, NextGen Climate America

Additional information


Breakfast and lunch will be served.
Please contact Shannon Kennedy at skennedy@americanprogress.org with any dietary restrictions.

Accessibility:

Closed-captioned-enabled video will be posted following the conclusion of the event.
If you require ADA-related accommodations for your in-person attendance at this event, please email events@americanprogress.org as soon as possible so that we may assist you.