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Panel Discussion: Environmental, Social, Governance, and Sustainability Initiatives

Wed, Nov 3, 2021 · 2:00 PM · Eastern Time (US & Canada)
About This Webinar

This panel will feature attorneys and industry representatives discussing sustainability initiatives, climate change, environmental justice, and state pushes for recycled plastic.

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
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Member, Steptoe & Johnson
Kathy Beckett has over thirty years of experience practicing environmental, regulatory, and natural resources law. She has a national reputation for her ability to influence environmental policies on behalf of her clients. She has been instrumental in the development of national and state regulatory programs and the drafting of environmental legislation. Kathy is the Team leader of the firm Environment, Social, Governance ("ESG") group of attorneys with experience and knowledge about how ESG impacts all aspects of business. She has also worked Environmental Justice issues with USEPA. Kathy is a senior attorney in a group of 15 experienced environmental lawyers and technical professionals. She is active in many industry trade groups and serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and chairs its Energy, Clean Air and Natural Resources Committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and chairs its Environmental Committee. Kathy has served in a leadership role with the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. She is a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and is rated in Chambers USA. Kathy is a board member of the Black Diamond Council for the Girl Scouts serving multiple states.
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Legal Executive, HSE and Regulatory, Baker Hughes
Strategic advisor and leader with highly diverse experience as a corporate executive, state government executive, environmental lawyer, corporate lawyer, and environmental engineer. Enjoys solving complex permitting, compliance, and policy challenges under the CWA, CAA, NHPA, ESA, RCRA, NEPA and companion state laws. Develop ESG strategies to maximize opportunities and minimize risks associated with environmental performance, sustainability, and climate change. Provide strategic direction and comprehensive project development, permitting, compliance, and operations support for regulated industries, including the natural gas, manufacturing, and industrial sectors. Combine strong foundation as an attorney and professional engineer to be a highly effective advocate and advisor to operations, executive leadership, board members, regulators, and stakeholders.

Specific Strengths include: ESG risk management, strategic regulatory and permitting counsel, environmental and safety compliance, environmental social governance strategy and investor relations, crisis management, legislative analysis and advocacy, drafting, analyzing, and negotiating commercial agreements and consent orders, deep understanding of upstream and midstream gas industry, relationship management
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Shareholder, Babst Calland
Kevin Garber is a shareholder in the Environmental and Energy and Natural Resources groups of Babst Calland, practicing out of the firm’s Pittsburgh and State College offices. Mr. Garber concentrates much of his practice in the areas of natural resources law and water law. He represents mining and oil and gas companies, including those developing unconventional gas reserves, on a broad range of environmental issues including permitting, water supply and treatment and resource development. Mr. Garber has extensive environmental litigation experience representing clients before the Environmental Hearing Board in Pennsylvania and in trial and appellate courts. In administrative proceedings, he has represented clients challenging permits, contesting civil penalties and compliance orders, and defending against challenges brought by citizens’ groups, among other matters. Mr. Garber regularly counsels oil and gas production, midstream, storage and transportation companies on federal, state and local environmental regulations affecting their operations, and he negotiates environmental provisions in transactions involving natural resources. He counsels mining clients on a wide range of environmental matters affecting the mining industry, such as water and air permits, bonding and treatment trusts. Mr. Garber also regularly handles NPDES permitting matters and appeals; defends citizens’ suits under the federal Clean Water Act and similar state laws; and represents landowners and others with respect to groundwater protection issues. He leads the firm’s municipal environmental services practice area in which a substantial part of his practice concentrates on sewage facility planning and permitting, storm water management and related development issues facing developers, municipalities and municipal authorities. He serves as special environmental counsel to many municipalities, authorities and developers in western Pennsylvania.
Mr. Garber’s practice also covers the cleanup and redevelopment of industrial sites under federal and state hazardous waste and brownfields laws. In Pennsylvania, for example, he regularly counsels clients in the purchase, sale and cleanup of property using Act 2 to address environmental concerns. He also conducts and reviews environmental audits of various types of industrial, commercial and mining properties for buyers, sellers, lenders and trustees, and negotiates environmental provisions of transactions, contracts and deeds.
In addition, Mr. Garber also practices intellectual property law. He is a registered patent attorney and prosecutes trademark applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. Garber graduated with Distinction from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Biology, took his M.S. in Oceanography and Limnology from the University of Wisconsin, his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Pittsburgh, and his law degree from the Duquesne University School of Law, where he was a member of the Duquesne University Law Review. Mr. Garber’s graduate and doctoral work researched point and non-point source pollutant loadings to lakes and the development of remedial alternatives.

Mr. Garber is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and various federal courts and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations, and has served on the Council of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Environmental, Mineral and Natural Resources Law Section. Mr. Garber is a past Chairman of the Environmental Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association.
Mr. Garber has been ranked among Pennsylvania’s top environmental lawyers in Chambers USA’s America’s Leading Business Lawyers since 2004. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the Environmental Law Section since 2005 and is also listed in the Water Law, Energy Law, Natural Resources Law and Litigation – Environmental sections. Mr. Garber was named the Best Lawyers® 2014, 2017 and 2020 Energy Law “Lawyer of the Year,” 2015, 2018 and 2021 Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year,” and 2016 and 2019 Natural Resources Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh, Pa. He has been selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list (Thomson Reuters) since 2005.
Mr. Garber is an adjunct professor of law at the Duquesne University School of Law where he teaches courses in environmental law and litigation and is an adjunct faculty member in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at Duquesne University where he teaches courses on environmental law and policy in the graduate school. He serves on the Advisory Committee to the Duquesne University Center for Environmental Research and Education.
Mr. Garber serves on the boards of directors of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the 3 Rivers Wet Weather Demonstration Program, an Allegheny County non-profit entity which is helping to coordinate a regional response to wet weather water quality issues in the County. He is a former board member and past chairman and president of the Board of Directors of the Allegheny Land Trust, and a former board member of the Local Government Academy.
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Innovation and Technology, Braskem
Raj Krishnaswamy is currently the Global Director of Material Science Innovation at Braskem. Prior to his tenure at Braskem, Raj spent 7 years at Metabolix, Inc. and 9 years at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company in various R&D and leadership roles. He is a Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and has also received the Research Technology Lifetime Achievement and the Husky Education awards from the SPE. He is an alumnus of the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers Symposium and has received the Outstanding Young Scientist award from Chevron Phillips and multiple Board of Directors Innovation Excellence awards at Metabolix. Raj has co-authored about 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and is a co-inventor on over 40 patents and patent applications. He obtained his BS in chemical engineering from IIT-BHU and his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Kentucky and did post-doctoral research in polymer processing at Virginia Tech. He is also a member of the University of Kentucky Alumni Hall of Distinction. Raj also serves on the advisory boards at VT (MII) and at UK (College of Engineering).
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Director - Engagement at EOS at Federated Hermes
Sectors: Lead – Chemicals, Financial Services, Industrial & Capital Goods, Transportation
Joanne primarily conducts engagement in the US with a focus on the consumer goods, transportation and industrial and capital goods sectors. Prior to joining EOS, Joanne worked as a sustainability consultant for KPMG (Australia and US) advising companies from different industry sectors and geographies on a range of environment, social and governance topics. Before consulting, Joanne held senior roles in the Victorian State Government (Australia) where she led policy and teams on environment (energy and water) as well as social (worker safety and compensation) matters. Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Melbourne with a focus on fluvial geomorphology as well as a Master of Public Policy, also from the University of Melbourne.
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