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CELPC Spring Speaker Series - Mark Nechodom

Thursday, February 20

King Hall, room 1002
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Fracking in California: Implementing SB 4 

Mark Nechodom
Director, California Department of Conservation

Mark Nechodom is the Director of California's Department of Conservation (DOC). He will discuss the role of the DOC in California environmental law and policy and will focus in particular on how the Department is working to implement SB 4, California's first legislation regulating hydraulic fracturing and acid well stimulation treatments.

Mark has dedicated his professional life to integrating conservation, regulation and development right where it matters the most: on the land, on the farm, and in the forest. His mission has been to inspire sustainable production and practices while maintaining a sensible balance between economic opportunities, environmental health and human well-being. 

Prior to his recent appointment as DOC Director, Mark was a Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). He also served as Director of the Office of Environmental Markets at USDA, and as the Senior Climate Science Policy Advisor to the Chief of the US Forest Service. Mark was the USDA representative on the team that negotiated the greenhouse gas reporting protocol for forestry for California's Climate Action Reserve, and provided scientific and technical support to the California Air Resources Board and the Board of Forestry in the development of the state climate strategy under AB 32 (the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006).

Lunch will be provided.

For more information, please contact Nina-Marie Bell at