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Future Energy Challenges and Private Sector Sustainability

Presented by the Energy & Environment Policy Task Force

8-10 a.m. Dec. 2

Learn what’s next for state leaders with regard to energy and the environment. Former Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal will share his experiences as leader of one of the most active states for natural resource development. He’ll also discuss the challenges facing states in the coming months and years. This session also will feature a discussion about the growing role sustainability plays in the management and balance sheets of private sector companies.


Confirmed Speakers

Fred Bedore, Senior Director of Business Strategy and Sustainability
Walmart Stores, Inc.
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Former Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal, Senior Counsel
Crowell & Moring, LLP
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Colin Meehan, Clean Energy Analyst
Environmental Defense Fund
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Teri Shanahan, Vice President of Sustainability
International Paper
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Fred Bedore
Fred Bedore is the senior director of business strategy and sustainability for Walmart Stores, Inc. He is responsible for the integration of sustainability into Walmart’s business strategies, the collaboration with the company's sustainable value networks on key sustainability goals and the incorporation of sustainability into the brand and cultureof the company.
Fred joined Walmart in 2004 as a buyer in general merchandise. In 2006 he was promoted to a senior strategy manager with the Innovation team where he held multiple roles with a special emphasis on merchandising and supply chain. In 2010, Fred was named a senior director on the corporate sustainability team. During his time at Walmart, Fred has been a part of teams who have won buyer of the year honors and been nominated for the Sam M. Walton Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Fred has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Michigan State University and an MBA with a concentration in Supply Chain from Pennsylvania State University. Back to speakers.

Gov. Dave Freudenthal


Dave Freudenthal, a Wyoming native, served two terms as Wyoming's 31st governor. In 2002, Freudenthal, a Democrat and first-time candidate, won an upset victory in one of America’s most overwhelmingly Republican states. After his first term, he was re-elected in 2006 by the greatest percentage in the state’s history. By the end of his tenure, Wyoming was ranked as the “Best Run State in America” by 24/7 Wall St., based on a review of hundreds of data sets and a variety of metrics ranging from debt rating agency reports to median income. When he stepped down in 2011, his approval rating was over 80 percent--at the top among all U.S. governors–and he left his successor with a balanced budget and a billion dollar surplus.
Freudenthal’s eight years were marked by a constructive bi-partisan relationship with a Republican dominated legislature. This working relationship moved Wyoming forward on many fronts. As the nation’s least populous state, Wyoming maintains a resource-based economy, relying primarily on mineral and energy extraction, tourism and agriculture for its economic livelihood. Recognizing the strengths and opportunities that this economic base represented for the state, Freudenthal’s administration focused on balancing resource extraction and preservation with regulatory approaches designed to enhance long-term growth.
Wyoming was the first state to adopt meaningful regulation of hydraulic fracturing. It is also the leader in establishing a legal framework for carbon capture and sequestration. The State remains a leader in the funding of research and demonstration in this area. At the same time, under Freudenthal, significant effort was devoted to the Wyoming Pipeline Authority and the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority whose missions are to increase the pipeline capacity and electric transmission infrastructure to move Wyoming’s energy to national markets. Wyoming’s natural gas pipeline capacity was doubled during Freudenthal’s term of office.  Freudenthal’s leadership on natural resource development issues led to his service as chairman of the Western Governors Association and chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.
Freudenthal’s approach to resource growth and management gave rise to a constructive tension with the federal government. Whether in a court of law or the court of public opinion, Freudenthal pushed back hard against the increasingly activist federal regulatory and land management agencies. On the other hand, where federal actions were appropriate to protect Wyoming’s interests, he worked with representatives of the U.S., supporting, for example, federal legislation to protect the Wyoming Range in the northwestern portion of the state.
Freudenthal’s administration also strove to ensure Wyoming’s long-term future by focusing on education, community-building and resource preservation. Gov. Freudenthal spearheaded legislation and funding for economic and community development initiatives, the funding of the Cultural Trust Fund for the arts, creation of the Wildlife and Natural Resources Trust Fund, and establishment of the School of Energy Resources at the University of Wyoming. Public education, long a priority in Wyoming, received unprecedented support including the creation of the “Hathaway Scholarship Fund” to provide assistance to nearly every Wyoming high school graduate seeking higher education in the State. This fully endowed, constitutionally protected trust will provide education assistance to Wyoming citizens for generations. Freudenthal advanced all these efforts and removed the sales tax on food, while maintaining significant budget surpluses throughout his terms.
Freudenthal was born and raised in Wyoming. He graduated from Amherst College in 1973 and returned to Wyoming to take a position as an economist with the State. Governor Ed Herschler appointed him State Planning Coordinator in 1975. After graduating from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1980, Freudenthal opened his own one-person law firm in Cheyenne. The firm grew into a general practice firm representing individuals and business. In 1994, he was appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming. Dave and his wife, Nancy, have four children and live in Cheyenne, Wyo. Back to speakers.

Colin Meehan

Colin Meehan is a clean energy anaylst who serves as EDF's project director on Austin's Pecan Street Project, where he--among other aspects of the project--is developing a protocol that will translate changes in energy use within the microgrid into power plant emission outcomes.

Colin also works at the Texas Legislature, Public Utilities Commission and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas on legislation, rules and technical protocols for bidding demand response and other microgrid capabilities directly into wholesale markets.

Colin is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association, where he works with renewable energy stakeholders to develop projects and policies to promote renewable energy development at the utility, industrial and retail levels in Texas and other regions of the U.S. He helps lead EDF's multi-year campaign to significantly increase the use of renewable energy throughout the nation.

Colin also serves on Austin Energy's Public Involvement Committee, assisting the utility as it develops new rate structures to assist in the deployment of energy efficiency, demand response and distributed renewable energy. Back to speakers.

Teri Shanahan


Teri Shanahan is vice president of sustainability for International Paper based in Memphis, Tenn. Teri’s role was newly established early in 2012 as International Paper works to establish its global strategy regarding the triple bottom line of people, profits and planet.
Shanahan has been with International Paper since 1991, and has held positions in sales (Chicago, Newport Beach and Memphis) and marketing (Memphis, the Netherlands) and business management (Memphis). She managed International Paper’s North American merchant papers business and earlier managed its global pulp business. Prior to joining the company, she served for eight years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, and was the first woman to qualify as a Surface Warfare Officer on board a combatant ship. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. She is married to Tad Dutch, and they have one daughter, Haley. Teri serves on the board of directors for Shelby County Books from Birth, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving literacy in the local community. Her hobbies include horseback riding, jogging, hiking and reading. She resides with her husband and her daughter, Haley Shanahan Dutch, in Germantown, Tenn. Back to speakers.