Jon Costantino is a senior advisor in the firm’s Sacramento office. For over 21 years, he provided sound strategic advice to businesses and all levels of government. While Mr. Costantino’s practice has a particular focus on climate change policy, he has a wide range of experience with solid waste, energy policy, regulatory strategy and consulting, including environmental enforcement cases. He is currently a registered lobbyist with the State of California. In 2011, Mr. Costantino was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown as a member of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. The Board is one of nine regional state agencies responsible for water quality in California. He has developed internationally followed policies and implemented programs with billion-dollar implications to California’s largest industries.
Mr. Costantino is a highly sought-after source of information and opinion by mainstream and industry-specific media due to his insider agency perspective and technical expertise. He has provided live TV and radio interviews on the subject of AB 32 and climate change policies and is a recognized authority in the field of climate change regulation.
After graduating with a Civil/Environmental Engineering degree from UC Davis, Mr. Costantino began his public sector career in permitting and enforcement at a local air quality district. Prior to leaving for the private sector, he managed California’s historic AB 32 climate change program out of its infancy within the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Climate Change. In addition to his local engineering work and his climate protection management experience, Mr. Costantino was the lead legislative analyst at CARB, where he made technical and policy recommendations on both state and federal legislation. During his years covering California’s Capitol, he has built a broad portfolio of expertise covering California’s biggest industries and most powerful stakeholders, including water, agriculture, construction, energy and all aspects of transportation fuels.
Author, “Reducing Carbon Emissions from Power Plants Goes National (but stays local),”Environmental Leader, June 16, 2014
Press Release issued on joining Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.
Authored numerous topic-specific client-focused policy articles, see Newsletters.
Co-Author, Environmental Leader – “Status of California Renewable Policy in 2011,” February 21, 2011.
Quoted in many regional and national publications, including Energy Risk Magazine, BNA Daily Environment Reporter, ClimateWire, Bloomberg.com, The San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, Point Carbon, Greenwire, Platts Electric Power Daily, The Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News and Reuters. Complete list of publications.
Enviance Webinar-- AB 32’s Cap and Trade Program.
Panelist, "Proposed EPA Regulatory Changes for Power Plants, and the California Carbon Market,” California Carbon Webinar, November 7, 2013.
Moderator, "Climate Change: Planning for Change with Other State Agencies." 2013 Water Quality Coordinating Committee (WQCC) Meeting, October 24, 2013.