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Greenhouse gas reduction expert to speak at Ohio University

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 24, 2005) -- A leader in greenhouse gas reduction efforts, Michael Walsh will present a lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 3 p.m. in Walter Hall, room 135, on Ohio University's Athens campus.

Michael WalshWalsh is the senior vice president of Chicago Climate Exchange Inc., which administers a voluntary greenhouse reduction and trading program for North America. Coordinating the efforts of private companies, the pilot program aims to reduce and trade greenhouse gases. Walsh's free lecture will be an initial progress report on the program.

Previously, Walsh arranged several international greenhouse gas transactions while with Environmental Financial Products LLC. He has a long history of working toward greenhouse gas reduction with the United States government, as he has been a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development on emissions trading in central Europe and has served on the Florida Air Emissions Trading Commission.

Walsh has also served in the Office of Tax Policy in the U.S. Department of Treasury as a financial economist and has been a faculty member of the University of Notre Dame and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

The lecture is sponsored by the Russ College; the George V. Voinovich Center for Leadership and Public Affairs; the Vice President for Research Office; and the Consortium for Energy, Economics and the Environment.

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Media Contacts: Russ College Director of External Relations Colleen Girton, (740) 593-1488 or girtonc@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

Editors: A photo of Walsh can be found at: www.ohiou.edu/news/pix/WALSH_MICHAEL.JPG

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