Issues in Focus

Green Buildings, Green Jobs

The Montgomery Park Business Center in Baltimore, Maryland featuring green roof technology, photo courtesy of


February 17, 2010


6:00 p.m. – Registration
6:30 p.m. – Program


RAND Corporation
Santa Monica, CA


In developed countries, more than a third of all energy is used to heat, cool and illuminate buildings—efficiently or not. Increasing energy efficiency and reducing energy use in buildings will play an important part in any policies designed to improve energy security and limit the risks of climate change. At this Issues in Focus event, Ambassador Charles Ries will describe how Europe and Australia have used innovative policies to provide information on energy consumption by buildings to promote energy efficiency and discuss lessons the U.S. can learn from these efforts. Ries will also discuss the effects of these policies on jobs in the building industry.

Featured Speaker

Ambassador Charles Ries is a senior fellow at RAND. He most recently served as the Minister for Economic Affairs and Coordinator for Economic Transition in Iraq at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Before that, he was U.S. Ambassador to Greece and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. In earlier state department assignments, Ries was the Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in London and Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the EU. He served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for North American Affairs and as a member of the NAFTA negotiating team.

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