Past Event

Greening U.S. Trade Policy

Center for American Progress
4:00 - 5:00 PM EDT

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On March 17, Ambassador Katherine Tai was confirmed as U.S. Trade Representative by the Senate by a unanimous vote. During the confirmation process, Ambassador Tai emphasized the important role U.S. trade policy can play in protecting the environment and contributing to collective solutions to the climate crisis. U.S. trade agreements, including the recently enacted U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, have sought to advance environmental goals, but there is little question that more can be done to improve the international trade system to account for shared challenges such as climate change, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and overfishing. As world leaders prepare for a major climate summit on April 22, the need for U.S. leadership in creating a sustainable and just global economy is more urgent than ever.

Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion of U.S. trade policy and the environment featuring keynote remarks by Ambassador Tai. The event will also feature a panel of leading experts from environmental organizations moderated by CAP founder John Podesta.

We would love to hear your questions. Please submit any questions for our distinguished panel via email at or on Twitter using #SustainableTrade. Live captioning will be available on Zoom and on the YouTube livestream.

Keynote remarks:
Ambassador Katherine Tai, U.S. Trade Representative

Distinguished panelists:
Ben Beachy, Director, Living Economy Program, Sierra Club
Lisa Handy, Director of Forest Campaigns, Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)
Colette Pichon Battle, Esq., Founder and Executive Director, Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy
Andrew Sharpless, Chief Executive Officer, Oceana

John Podesta, Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors, Center for American Progress