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California State University, Long Beach

Distinguished Lecture Series: California's Water Challenge

Thursday, October 14, 2010

About the Panel of Experts:

Kip Lipper, Chief Policy Advisor, Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment Office of the CA Senate Pro Tempore Darrell SteinbergKip Lipper

Chief Policy Advisor, Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment Office of the CA Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg

Kip Lipper Presentation.pdf
Kip Lipper is Chief Policy Advisor, Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment, Office of the CA Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg. Mr. Lipper has worked in the California Legislature for over 34 years. He began his career in the mid-1970’s as Administrative Assistant for Assembly Member Dennis Mangers (D-Huntington Beach). From 1980-2004, he was Chief of Staff for Assembly Member and later Senator Byron Sher (D-Stanford). During that same time period, Lipper also served as Senior Consultant to the Assembly Criminal Law Committee, Chief Consultant to the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, and Staff Director to the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality. Mr. Lipper has drafted legislation on a broad array of environmental policies, including the California Clean Air Act, the California Safe Drinking Water Act, the California Beverage Container Recycling Act, and the California Integrated Waste Management Act. He has drafted and analyzed legislation on energy regulation, renewable energy, energy conservation, public interest energy research, energy agency reorganization and reform, and numerous other subjects. He also has worked on state budget issues affecting energy, environmental, and resources agencies of California state government. Lipper was the lead Senate staffer on the drafting of AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, as well as on companion legislation establishing the nation’s first greenhouse gas emission performance standard for energy generation (SB 1368--Perata). He has been deeply involved in the implementation of GHG laws passed and enacted by the CA Legislature. Mr. Lipper has published papers on a range of environmental issues. He has been a guest lecturer on environmental and energy legislation at the Stanford University Law School, Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley) Law School, King Hall (UC Davis) Law School, Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), and at California State University, Sacramento.

Scott Taylor, Senior Vice President with RBF Consulting

Chair of the California Stormwater Quality AssociationScott Taylor '90

Senior Vice President with RBF Consulting
Chair of the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA)

Scott Taylor Presentation.pdf
Scott Taylor is Senior Vice President with RBF Consulting, headquartered in Irvine, CA and Chair of the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA). Mr. Taylor manages RBF’s Carlsbad office and serves on the Company’s Corporate Management Committee. Mr. Taylor received his BSCE from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, and his MSCE from California State University, Long Beach. He is an ASCE Fellow and a Diplomate in Water Resources Engineering. Mr. Taylor is a registered professional engineer in six states, including California. He has taught short courses on BMP design, construction site stormwater management and undergraduate courses in water resources engineering. Mr. Taylor is Chair of the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA). CASQA is comprised of municipalities, private business and consultants that hold stormwater NPDES permits or work in the stormwater industry. CASQA is a 501(c)3 corporation, dedicated to the advancement of stormwater quality science and regulation. CASQA has been pursuing methods to fund stormwater quality programs, as well as ways to reduce stormwater program implementation costs for municipalities.

Stephen Arakawa, Manager of the Bay-Delta Initiatives Program

            Metropolitan Water District of Southern CaliforniaStephen Arakawa

Manager of the Bay-Delta Initiatives Program
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Stephen Arakawa Presentation.pdf
Mr. Arakawa, has over 30 years experience working in the water field as a civil engineer. At Metropolitan, he is responsible for the plans and activities to secure a reliable supply from the state water project through environmental and water supply improvements in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Prior to that he served as group manager of the Water Resource Management Group for over 10 years where he oversaw the district's planning activities and policy guideline development related to Metropolitan's water supply plans and integrated resources plans, as well as, the management and negotiations of resource contracts related to the State Water Project, Colorado River deliveries and water transfers and purchases. Before coming to Metropolitan in 1987, Mr. Arakawa worked for the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) in Sacramento for seven years. He is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles with a degree in civil engineering.

Kent Peterson '86, Vice President and Chief Engineer, P2S EngineeringKENT PETERSON '86

Vice President and Chief Engineer, P2S Engineering

Kent Peterson, PE, LEED AP, ASHRAE Presidential Fellow is Vice President and Chief Engineer at P2S Engineering with over 25 years of experience working in consulting engineering and building commissioning. His award-winning design experience includes ultra-energy-efficient central plants, high-performance green buildings, and innovative energy-efficiency strategies. He constantly strives to improve best practices in the building industry. Mr. Peterson is a Past Society President of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He is chair of the ASHRAE Associate Society Alliance working with 49 professional societies around the world. He also chairs the California State University Mechanical Review Board assisting with improving mechanical systems on the CSU campuses. Mr. Peterson serves as Chair of ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 – Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings. Mr. Peterson has authored a number of articles and papers and has made presentations to governments and professionals throughout the world on improving building sustainability and energy efficiency. He is also an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer.

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