January 2022 – Hydrogen Technologies

Introductory remarks by Marcy HuppSenior CounselPerkins Coie, on Rulemaking and the Climate Commitment Act.

Marcy Hupp counsels clients in environmental compliance and litigation matters. She assists clients with evaluating and mitigating risks arising under federal, state, and local environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Washington’s Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA). Marcy represents clients in federal and state courts and in mediation proceedings and defends clients against citizen suits.

Marcy also regularly counsels clients assessing and pursuing environmental sustainability goals. She advises clients on strategic business decisions, industry trends, and policy matters related to climate change, carbon reductions, and other environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. Marcy works on transactions to support corporate climate pledges and counsels clients developing and implementing clean technologies.

Featured Speakers:

Aaron Feaver, Director, The Joint Center for Deployment & Research in Earth Abundant Materials (JCDREAM)

As Director of The Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials (JCDREAM) Aaron brings together researchers and industry throughout Washington to find solutions to the undesirable environmental and human rights impacts of critical and rare-earth materials. In his time at JCDREAM he has also established CHARGE, a collaborative industry and research consortium dedicated to enabling the hydrogen and e-fuels economy and leveraging clean energy to decarbonize heavy-duty transportation in the state and beyond.   

Prior to JCDREAM, Aaron specialized in energy storage, and battery materials such as silicon-based anode materials for lithium ion batteries and nanostructure carbon for ultra capacitors. He co-founded EnerG2 and Group14 Technologies, two successful startups in the Seattle area focused on high-performance carbon materials.  Energ2 has since been acquired by BASF, the largest chemical company worldwide. Group14 has successfully raised over $40 million in funding since it was founded in 2015.  Aaron is an Illinois native, receiving a BS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign before moving to the Seattle area where he earned his PhD in Materials Science from the University of Washington.  

Gary Ivory, General ManagerDouglas PUD

Gary Ivory has an Accounting Degree and an MBA from WSU. He worked for the Washington State Auditor’s Office before joining Douglas PUD in 1997.  He worked as the District’s Chief Accountant, Auditor and Treasurer before being named General Manager in July 2017. He has held leadership roles in the community with the Bridgeport School Board and Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce.  

Dustin McLarty, Assistant ProfessorSchool of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, WSU

Dr. Dustin McLarty is an assistant professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University. He holds both a masters and doctor of philosophy degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Irvine and a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Florida. Originally from DeLand, Florida, Dr. McLarty studies high temperature fuel cells, and the dynamics and controls of advanced micro-grids. The research expands upon previous systems integration experience garnered in Irvine CA, Boulder CO, Birmingham UK, and Morgantown WV. Involved in research for clean energy systems, Dr. McLarty has worked with industry partners and national labs to develop systems integration solutions and novel electrochemical power concepts. A lifelong competitive swimmer who has represented the US national team at international competitions, Dr. McLarty has also served as a professional surf lifesaver in both Daytona Beach and Huntington Beach.