Alan Sielen

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Office: Washington DC

Alan is CMBC’s non-resident Senior Fellow for International Environmental Policy.  He is a former career senior executive at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. where he served as EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator for International Activities from 1995-2001.

His environmental policy research interests include coastal pollution; the effectiveness of international agreements on the protection of the marine environment; and scientific, technical and institutional capacity building for the protection and sustainable use of oceans and coasts.

Alan received an A.B in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley and holds an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Bologna, Italy and Washington D.C.

Alan represented CMBC at the Global Ocean Commission meeting  in March 2015 on Marine Plastic Waste. His goal was to call attention and gain support for the recommendation for a zero discharge of waste into the marine environment.  Another item supported at this meeting included developing a better understanding of the toxicities and impacts of plastics in the ocean on humans. Full report  from the Commission here: http://www.iisd.ca/download/pdf/sd/crsvol186num5e.pdf

Panel on "Systems thinking on waste: can the circular economy provide long-term solutions for plastic waste in the marine environment?" Panelists (L-R) Andrew Morelet (Ellen MacArthur Foundation), April Crow (Coca-Cola), Doug Woodring (Plastics Disclosure Project), Steve Russell, American Chemistry Council, and Alan Sielen.

Panel on “Systems thinking on waste: can the circular economy provide long-term solutions for plastic waste in the marine environment?” Panelists (L-R) Andrew Morelet (Ellen MacArthur Foundation), April Crow (Coca-Cola), Doug Woodring (Plastics Disclosure Project), Steve Russell, American Chemistry Council, and Alan Sielen.

Selected Publications:

The Green Book – Our best writing on animals, natural resources, pollution, energy, and climate change. Alan B. Sielen, The Devolution of the Seas. Foreign Affairs Anthology Series, 2015

Sea Change – How to Save the Oceans
Foreign Affairs, April 2014

The Devolution of the Seas: The Consequences of Oceanic Destruction
Foreign Affairs, November/December 2013, Vol 92:6 

Time for a Department of the Environment
Ocean and Coastal Law Journal , University of Maine, 2011, Volume 16:2

The New International Rules on Ocean Dumping: Promise and Performance
Georgetown International Environmental Law Review two volumes- winter and spring issues, 2009.

An Oceans Manifesto: The Present Global Crisis
The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Winter 2008.

Contributions:
Panelist,  Marine Plastic Waste and the Circular Economy: Building Long-term Solutions to Immediate Challenges, a conference sponsored by The Global Ocean Commission and the International Sustainability Unit of HRH The Prince of Wales, 18 March 2015, Washington, DC
http://www.iisd.ca/oceans/plastics/

Lapham’s Quarterly Podcast 47: A Deathly Sea (Part 2); September 18, 2013

Participant and Co-organizer. IUCN/NRDC Workshop to Identify Areas of Ecological and Biological Significance or Vulnerability in the Arctic Marine Environment, November 2010, La Jolla, California.

Participant and Rapporteur. IUCN/NRDC Workshop on Ecosystem-based Management in the Arctic Marine Environment, June 2010, Washington, DC.