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“Business & Climate Change” Webinar Addresses Energy Industry’s Climate Change Res

12:00 pm, Thu January 26, 2012 –

Columbus, OH Ohio Sea Grant and the Ohio State University Climate Change Outreach Team present "Business and Climate Change: Are Sustainability Efforts Enough?" Kevin Leahy, Managing Director – Environmental Policy at Duke Energy, will address the link between climate change and economic concerns from the perspective of a large U.S. company.

Climate change for many is primarily about science and environmental impacts, and many believe that businesses oppose limits on carbon. However, many firms support legislative efforts to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect forests, and develop new clean energy technologies. Leahy will address questions about balancing company interests with overall economic requirements, why businesses are engaging in the climate change debate, and how the current political climate affects business decisions in the boardroom.

The webinar, which is part of the Global Change, Local Impact webinar series, will be held on January 31 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Attendance is free, but registration is required to receive log-in information. Visit to sign up.

Kevin Leahy, Managing Director – Environmental and Energy Policy at Duke Energy, is responsible for the formation of the firm’s climate change policy. He represents the company in policy discussions with other firms, NGOs and the broader analytical community. Mr. Leahy holds degrees in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, an MBA with finance concentration from Indiana University and an MPA from Harvard where he studied energy and environmental policy.

The OSU Climate Change Outreach Team is a partnership among multiple departments within The Ohio State University to help localize the climate change issue by bringing research and resources to Ohioans and Great Lakes residents. More information about the team’s work is available at .

Jill Jentes Banicki, Assistant Director, Ohio Sea Grant, 614-292-8949, .

ARTICLE TITLE: “Business & Climate Change” Webinar Addresses Energy Industry’s Climate Change Res PUBLISHED: 12:00 pm, Thu January 26, 2012 | MODIFIED: 1:12 pm, Tue April 28, 2015
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Christina Dierkes
Outreach Specialist, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

As Ohio Sea Grant’s science writer, Christina covers research, education and outreach projects in the Great Lakes for a wide range of audiences. She also produces online events like Stone Lab’s Guest Lecture Series and other outreach events, and manages social media for Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab.