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Affiliation: 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Expertise: 
environmental protection, energy,climate change

Biography

Norm Willard has been with the U.S. EPA Region 1 New England since the early '80's where he works on climate change and energy. Norm is a member of the Energy Team - a small group of senior staff within the Air Branch at EPA Region 1, which provides leadership and direction to energy-related policies and programs in the region. There are a variety of program areas: in-house consulting to advise senior management (most recently at the interface of energy/ environment and as regional climate change coordinator), climate/ energy work at international, interstate, state and local levels, NGO community, and colleges/ universities, energy efficiency programs, renewables, and clean energy projects. Norm is the US Country Studies program officer - capacity building on climate change in developing countries including Mongolia, Nepal and Kazakstan. Norm knew that he would work in the environmental protection field since before he entered in college. Subsequently, he attended law school, specializing in environmental law. In the mid-70's he worked with the New York State Department Environmental Conservation Counsel's Office where he worked in preparation of the legislative program, regulation writing, advising to various program offices. In the late '70's he moved to the New York State Energy Office. There he was responsible for drafting legislation, regulatory programs, subpoenas to major petroleum producers as part of special investigation, development of statewide gasoline rationing program during the Arab oil embargo. In the late '80's Norm served for five years as the Executive Director of the Northeast Waste Management Officials Association, a government not-for-profit involved with recycling, pollution prevention, solid and hazardous waste management activity for environmental agencies of 8 northeast states. Norm's connections with nature extend back to his boyhood and were first influenced by his grandfather and father. He also credits his 4th grade teacher, who had a very important influence on his connection with nature. These connections broadened and deepened since that time. Norm engaged (professionally and personally) in government environmental protection during his professional career. Much of his personal time is spent in the out of doors. Norm's interests and connections always included a distinctly spiritual dimension.