The Hobart and William Smith community will welcome back Hobart alum John Clarkeson ’75 on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Trinity 305. A current member of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Clarkeson will offer a guest lecture on climate change, water shortage and environmental policy.
As the only state Cabinet-level office in the U.S. that overlooks environmental and energy agencies, Clarkeson has a widespread experience and knowledge of topics ranging from water, smart growth, land protection and climate change to stake holder inclusion in policy development.
Upon joining the EEA in 1996, he became a framer of the Massachusetts Watershed Initiative and assisted in the development of the numerous innovative programs and grants such as the Outdoor Classroom Program, the Watershed Stewardship Program, Communities Connected and the Drinking Water Supply Protection Grant. He also serves the secretary as a reviewer of long and short-term fiscal issues facing the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority, as chair of the Commonwealth’s Climate Change Adaptation Subcommittee on Local Economy and Government, and as coordinator of the intern program for EEA.
While at Hobart, Clarkeson studied political science and philosophy, served as the treasurer of the Kappa Alpha Society and was the general manager of WEOS during his sophomore and junior years. Clarkeson lives in Scituate, Mass., with his wife Kathleen; they have three son and two grandchildren.