Jeffrey Holmstead, former Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Air and Radiation (OAR), visited Harvard Kennedy School on April 8, 2019 – hosted by the Harvard Environmental Economics Program and its Director, Robert Stavins. Mr. Holmstead headed OAR during the George W. Bush Administration, from 2001 to 2005. During his tenure, he was the architect of several of the agency’s most important initiatives, including the Clean Air Interstate Rule, the Clean Air Diesel Rule, the Mercury Rule for power plants and the reform of the New Source Review program. He also oversaw the development of the Bush Administration’s Clear Skies Legislation and key parts of its Global Climate Change Initiative.
Mr. Holmstead currently heads the environmental strategies group at the law firm of Bracewell.
During his visit, Mr. Holmstead met with faculty members and students from Harvard Kennedy School and from other Harvard schools, discussing a range of environmental challenges and policy options for addressing these challenges.