Charles Bayless, an energy executive and former university president, has assumed the Chairmanship of the Steering Committee of the Arctic Climate Action Registry (ACAR). . Bayless has served as President of West Virginia University Institute of Technology and as CEO of both Tucson Electric Power Company and of Illinova Corporation and its wholly owned subsidiary, Illinois Power Company. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Essential Power and on the Boards of West Virginia American Water, e3green tech, Pike Electric and Recycled Energy Development, and Chairs the Audit Committee of the latter two firms.
In accepting the Chairmanship of ACAR’s Steering Committee Charles Bayless noted that he has lived nearly a year and a half in the Arctic early in his career in northern Greenland and has subsequently visited the Arctic and Antarctica on several occasions since. He noted that some of the earliest adverse effects of climate change and ocean acidification are likely to be experienced in the polar regions with potential spillover effects across the planet in enhanced sea level rise and disrupted weather patterns.
Charles Bayless has long been active in advancing public interest in both climate science and practical options for society to respond. Besides speaking extensively at educational institutions, including West Virginia University, Dartmouth College and Kimball Union Academy, and numerous civic and business groups, he serves on the Steering Committee of the Climate Institute’s Center for Environmental Leadership Training (CELT).
Soon after assuming his new responsibilities with ACAR Charles Bayless had three videos posted for public view:
Part 1: Overview on Climate Change
Part 2: Arctic Amplification
Part 3: Polar Flora and Fauna
On April11, 2013, Charles Bayless met at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona with Climate Institute Chairman Sir Crispin Tickell, President John Topping, and Digital Media Advisor Christopher Philipp to discuss ACAR’s plans to win public interest in climate protection and corporate and institutional sponsorship.
See Charles Bayless’s August 2014 article on Climate Change.