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Collaboration on Indicators of the Nation's Environment:
Toward New Institutions and Capabilities

November 1, 2006
An RFF First Wednesday Seminar

This panel introduces and discusses a new Collaboration on Indicators of the Nation's Environment (CINE). The CINE initiative is geared toward comprehensive, consistent statistical reporting on environmental conditions in the U.S. The panel debates the need for, nature of, and institutions necessary to support such an effort.


  • James Boyd, Senior Fellow and Director, Energy and Natural Resources, Resources for the Future


  • James Boyd, Senior Fellow and Director, Energy and Natural Resources, Resources for the Future 
  • Robin O'Malley, Director, Environmental Reporting Program, The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment
  • Ted Heintz, White House Council on Environmental Quality

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Introduction: Molly Macauley
Senior Fellow
Resources for the Future

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Moderator and Panelist: James Boyd 
Director, Energy and Natural Resources
Resources for the Future

Boyd has been a fellow at Resources for the Future since 1992. His research is in the fields of environmental regulation and law and economics, focusing on the analysis of environmental institutions and policy. Specific areas of expertise include ecological benefit and damage assessment, water regulation, environmental and product liability law, and incentive-based regulation. Current research focuses on the development of environmental benefit indicators for use in both environmental management and national welfare accounting.

Boyd has been a visiting faculty member at the Olin Business School, Washington University, St. Louis, and currently serves on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board on Valuing the Protection of Ecological Systems and Services. Boyd has been a consultant to, among others, the World Bank, National Academy of Sciences, the European Commission, the Harvard Institute for International Development, and various government agencies.

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Panelist: Robin O'Malley 
Environmental Reporting Program,
The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment

Since 1997, O'Malley has directed The Heinz Center’s Environmental Reporting program, which produces the periodic report The State of the Nation’s Ecosystems: Measuring the Lands, Waters, and Living Resources of the United States. He is an associate at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a member of the Editorial Board of the Renewable Resources Journal (a publication of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation).

Prior to joining The Heinz Center, O’Malley was employed at the Department of the Interior, where he led U.S. government efforts to establish a biodiversity information network throughout the Americas. From 1993 to 1996, he was chief of staff for the National Biological Survey, where he was responsible for numerous program development, budgeting, implementation, and outreach activities.

O'Malley has also served as a special assistant to Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, deputy science advisor within the Interior Department; Associate Director for Natural Resources at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ); senior environmental advisor to Governor Thomas H. Kean of New Jersey, and in a variety of environmental positions involving financing of environmental infrastructure, hazardous site remediation, and solid waste management in New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection. He holds a Masters degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor's degree from the State University of New York.

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Panelist: Ted Heintz
White House Council on Environmental Quality

Heintz has worked on policy and management of natural and environmental resources for over 30 years. In the Office of Policy Analysis at the U. S. Department of the Interior, he managed small groups of economists and policy analysts that dealt with a broad range of resource systems and issues.

Since 1993, Heintz has worked extensively in the development of natural and environmental resource indicators. He has been a member of the Interagency Working Group on Sustainable Development Indicators and is a currently a member of four ongoing roundtables that are developing criteria and indicators for sustainable resource management. These roundtables address forests, rangelands, minerals, and water resources. He is also a member of the Design Committee for the H. John Heinz III Center’s report on the State of the Nation’s Ecosystems.

Heintz is currently on detail to the White House Council on Environmental Quality to lead an Interagency Working Group that is developing plans for a national system of indicators on natural and environmental resources.


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