Renewable Natural 

Resources Foundation


Programs

RNRF conducts national conferences, congressional forums, public-policy briefings and round tables, international outreach activities, and a national awards program.

Washington Round Table on Public Policy

RNRF conducts periodic meetings of member-organization staff members and guests to discuss public policy issues and to meet with professionals and scientists involved in the process.  

Any individuals interested in participating in a round table discussion as a guest speaker, please contact RNRF.

Past guest speakers have included:

David Goldston, Director, Washington Office, Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
Charles Iceland, Aqueduct Director; Foods, Forests, and Water Programs, World Resources Institute;
Klaus Philipsen
, President, ArchPlan Inc.;
David McCabe, Atmospheric Scientist, Clean Air Task Force;
Heidi Bishop, Senior Policy and Marketing Analyst, The Brattle Group;
Richard Denison, Lead Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund;
Jennifer Morgan, Global Director, Climate Program, World Resources Institute;
Sydney Kaufman, Foreign Affairs Officer, Office of Energy Diplomacy, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State;
Georg Maue, First Secretary for Climate and Energy Policy, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany;
Amy Abel, Nicole Carter, Betsy Cody, Peter Folger and Pervaze Sheikh, Resources, Science and Industry Division, Congressional Research Service;
Donald Boesch, Professor of Marine Science and President, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Lynn Scarlett, Managing Director for Public Policy, The Nature Conservancy;
David Vanko, Chair, Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission of Maryland;
Mark Rosegrant, Division Director for Environment and Production Technology, International Food Policy Research Institute;
Charlie Walthall
, National Program Leader for Natural Resources & Sustainable Agriculture Systems, USDA Agricultural Research Service;
Dale Morris, Senior Economist, Royal Netherlands Embassy and Co-Director, Dutch Dialogues;
Susan Piedmont-Palladino, Curator, National Building Museum and Chase Rynd, Executive Director, National Building Museum;
Kevin Shanley, CEO, SWA Group; Ana Unruh Cohen, House Committee on Natural Resources; and Adrienne Antoine, NOAA Coastal and Climate Applications Program;
Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science and John Tubbs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Department of the Interior;
Christián Samper, Director, Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History;
Louis W. Uccellini, Director, National Weather Service, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration;
Shere Abbott, Associate Director for Environment, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President;
David Westerholm, Director, Office of Response and Restoration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration;
Harris Sherman, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment and Jay Jensen, Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture;
Donna Wieting, Acting Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce;
Jacques A. Beaudry-Losique, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy;
Abigail Kimbell, Chief, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture;
Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino Research Professor, Harvard University and author of The Future of Life;
Robert Donkers, Counselor, Delegation of the European Commission for the USA, European Union;
Mark Myers, Director, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior;
Marty Spitzer, Science Committee, U.S. House of Representatives;
John R. McNeill, Professor of History, Georgetown University, and author of Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the 20th-century World;
Jeffrey Zinn, Congressional Research Service;
David Rejeski, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars;
Hans Verolme, Senior Environmental Advisor, British Embassy;
Bruce Knight, Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture;
Peter Saundry, Executive Director, National Council for Science and the Environment;
Henri Bisson, Assistant Director, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior;
Mark Rey, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture;
Jonathan Margolis, Director, Office of Policy Coordination and Initiatives, International Environmental and Science Affairs, U.S. Department of State;
Dale Bosworth, Chief, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture;
Paul Irwin, President, Humane Society of the United States;
Barbara Y.E. Pyle
, Vice President of Environmental Policy, Turner Broadcasting System;
Lester Brown, Chairman, Worldwatch Institute, and later as President, Earth Policy Institute;
Jamie Rappaport-Clark, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior;
John W. Frece, Special Assistant for Smart Growth, Maryland Governor Parris Glendening;
Thomas Lovejoy, Chief Biodiversity Advisor to the President of The World Bank, and later as President, Heinz Center for Science, Economics and Development;
James Lyons, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture;
Mark Van Putten, Executive Director, National Wildlife Federation;
Charles Groat, Director, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior;
Hutton Archer, Director of External Relations, Global Environment Facility;
Congressman Marion Berry;
Pearlie Reed, Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture;
Mark Schaefer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Department of the Interior;
Michael Dombeck, Chief, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; and
Thomas Fry, Director, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.