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Environmental Chief Kicks Off New Season For Y's Men of Westport/Weston

State Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection Rob Klee of Fairfield will speak Thursday before Y's Men of Westport/Weston.
State Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection Rob Klee of Fairfield will speak Thursday before Y's Men of Westport/Weston. Photo Credit: State Of Connecticut

WESTON / WESTPORT, Conn. — The Y’s Men of Westport/Weston will begin a new season of events with a speech by Robert Klee, state commissioner of energy and environmental protection.

The event will be Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Congregational Church, at 245 Post Road E., Westport.

Coffee and doughnuts are served at 9:45 a.m., with Klee's talk set for 10:30 a.m.

Klee, a Fairfield native, will discuss the state’s programs for conserving, protecting and improving Connecticut’s natural resources and environment.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy appointed Klee to his current position in January 2014.

Klee joined DEEP in April 2011 as its chief of staff. In that role he oversaw the work of the agency, supported the efforts of the commissioner, and advised the commissioner and senior staff on a range of environmental and energy policy issues.

Before that,  Klee was an attorney with Wiggin and Dana in New Haven, where he specialized in appellate work and energy and environmental law.

From 2004 to 2005, he worked as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court in Connecticut and from 2005 to 2006 as a law clerk for the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He served as a research affiliate in the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies from 2006 to 2008.

Klee holds a doctorate from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in industrial ecology, a law degree from Yale, and an undergraduate degree from Princeton University in geology and environmental science.

The Y's Men of Westport/Weston is an organization of retired and semi-retired men with a continued interest in activity, fellowship, learning and community service. Those interested in attending Klee’s presentation and learning more about the Y's Men should contact Tom Douglas at tdoug92048@optonline.net. You can also visit the group's website for more information.

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