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James Goldstene

Executive Director, California Air Resources Board, USA

James N. Goldstene is the Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board. The Board has 11 members appointed by the Governor and is responsible for promoting and protecting the public health and ecological resources of California through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering the effects of its actions on the state's economy. The California Air Resources Board has more than 1300 employees.

Goldstene was appointed Executive Officer in October 2007. Since then the Board has passed major rules to reduce diesel emissions from trucks, construction equipment and ships. It also adopted a comprehensive plan to reduce global warming pollutants under AB 32, California's pioneering climate change legislation, and developed a range of measures and regulations to implement this plan, including the groundbreaking Low Carbon Fuel Standard and the establishment of a greenhouse gas emissions-trading program. In 2008 the Obama administration adopted California's standard for greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles as the standard for the entire nation. Recently, ARB worked with the U.S. EPA and the Department of Transportation to develop more stringent standards for vehicles from model year 2017 to 2025.

Goldstene also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, is currently co-chair of the Western Climate Initiative Executive Committee and chair of Western Climate Initiative, Inc.

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