Assessing and Learning from EPA’s Performance Track Program

Thursday, July 15 / 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Hosted By: The Horinko Group and BNA

Featuring: Scott Hassell, Engineer, RAND Corporation

Washington, DC (June 18, 2010) – Assessing and Learning from EPA’s Performance Track Program is part of a webinar series on sustainability and climate change hosted by BNA and The Horinko Group.

The National Environmental Performance Track Program was a voluntary program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency between 2000 and 2009. The program sought to improve the quality of the environment by encouraging facilities to recognize and improve their environmental performance beyond what was required by law. RAND Corporation reviewed the program and found that some facilities reported improvements in environmental performance, but that the program also had design flaws that led to mixed results. RAND recommends that EPA continue to experiment with voluntary programs that can encourage changes in corporate culture that benefit the environment, but RAND also provides lessons learned for EPA and the private sector to learn from Performance Track’s experiences.

Scott Hassell, an engineer with RAND Corporation, will help you:

  • Learn why Performance Track was unique compared to other voluntary programs
  • Understand how Performance Track evolved over time, and how the changes led to differing expectations among stakeholders
  • Gain insight about what Performance Track’s experiences can teach EPA and the private sector about improving current and future voluntary programs

Scott Hassell is an engineer with RAND Corporation experienced in the technology, policy, and business aspects of energy and environmental issues including climate change. Scott’s current research focuses on voluntary efforts to improve corporate environmental performance and energy service innovation. He also has analyzed building energy performance, solar photovoltaic technology, vehicle technologies, and the U.S. electric power and transmission systems, among other topics.

Scott previously worked at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) where he helped budget, manage, and implement EERE’s planning, analysis, and evaluation activities. Scott holds an MBA from Yale University, MS degrees in Technology & Policy and Civil & Environmental Engineering from MIT, and a BS in Engineering from Swarthmore College.


Brendan McGinnis, The Horinko Group

Mary Ann Grena Manley, BNA