On 14–15 July 2015, United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will host her counterparts from Canada and Mexico in Boston, Massachusetts, for the annual Regular Session of the Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC).
The Council, which is the CEC’s governing body and is composed of cabinet-level environmental authorities from Canada, Mexico, and the United States, meets each year in regular session on its agenda for environmental cooperation in North America. Mexico’s Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Juan José Guerra Abud and Canadian Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq will join Administrator McCarthy for this July’s Council Session.
This year’s meeting will feature a public forum on July 14, hosted by the CEC’s Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC), to obtain feedback on North American environmental issues. The Council Session on July 15 will include a public session headed by the three environment ministers. It is open to the public and will be webcast live.
14 and 15 July, 2015
Director of Government Relations, Strategy and Performance
Registration of Participants
Opening and Introductory Remarks
Panel I: Stormwater in Cities
As some cities struggle, during and after extreme weather events, with excess stormwater from rainfall and melted snow, green infrastructure has proven to be an effective and sustainable water management strategy. This session will feature examples and a discussion of municipal-level initiatives that use green infrastructure to reduce property damage and improve water quality and mitigate water pollution and flooding.
Moderated Question and Answer Period with experts, JPAC Members and audience
Panel II: Adapting to Changing Stormwater Quantities through Land-use Planning
Changes in the timing and intensity of storms has altered the quantity of water from rainfall and melted snow in certain regions of North America. Stormwater runoff has exacerbated mudslides, coastal and riverbank erosion, and flooding. Changes in climate and land use have combined to worsen periodic stormwater flood patterns. Improved stormwater infrastructure and management could help ameliorate this and also address issues of water conservation and sustainable use. Different kinds of green infrastructure, along with better land-use planning, can help us adapt to changing conditions.
Moderated Question and Answer Period, with experts, JPAC Members and audience
Update on Submissions on Enforcement Matters
Paolo Solano Tovar
Report from the National and Governmental Advisory Committee Representatives
Networking Session for the Public
Based on the discussions held throughout the day, participants are invited to meet and exchange views on North American issues to be raised with the Ministers during the Council Public Meeting on 15 July. Participants will be asked to identify three key issues for our region. JPAC members will attend as observers.
Official Opening of the 22nd Regular Session of the Council – The Great Hall, Faneuil Hall, 1 Faneuil Hall Square, and Welcoming Reception – Ancient and Honorable Artillery, 4 Faneuil Hall Square (off-site)
Registration of Participants
CEC Projects Exhibition — Working Together for the North American Environment
Council Public Meeting
CEC projects Exhibition (cont.) and Lunch [provided]
Council Town Hall