Peter J. Fontaine
457 Haddonfield Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Where Peter Works: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C.
Peter J. Fontaine works with Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, advocating for clients with decision-makers in all branches of local, state, and federal government.
Peter draws from his prior experience as a Clean Air Act attorney in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). From 1990 to 1992, he served in the EPA’s Air Enforcement Division, where he drafted regulations implementing the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments and enforced the EPA's New Source Performance Standards and New Source Review regulations for power plants and municipal waste combustors. In 1992, he was appointed to the EPA's first-ever Multimedia Enforcement Task Force, where he planned and executed the EPA's 1992 pulp and paper industry national enforcement initiative. He received the EPA's Award for Excellence, an award given annually to one lawyer in the 120-lawyer Office of Enforcement. He completed his EPA career in 1994 after serving as special assistant to EPA's director of civil enforcement, where he worked closely with the EPA's 10 regional offices.
In 2008, Peter conceived and helped form a new coalition of emerging electric vehicle companies – the Battery Electric Vehicle Coalition – which promotes new federal laws to "level the playing field" for electric vehicles.
Peter is a frequent speaker and writer on environmental issues, including "Shortening the Path to Energy Independence: A Policy Agenda to Commercialize Battery-Electric Vehicles," The Electricity Journal (August 2008); "How Climate Change Regulation Will Impact the Renewable Energy Market in the United States," Energy Ocean Conference 2005; "Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A New World Order," Public Utilities Fortnightly (Cover Article) (February 2005); "Global Warming: The Gathering Storm," Public Utilities Fortnightly (August 2004); and "Shifting the Energy Paradigm," Risk & Insurance (December 2002).
Outside the office, Peter is an active member of his community. He helped secure passage of three open space public questions in 1998, 2005, and 2006, which created stable funding sources for preserving open spaces, farms, historic sites, and recreational areas in Camden County, N.J. He leads Camden County's Open Space Advisory Committee, which since 1999 has preserved more than 2,000 acres of farmland and open space. He served on Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell's transportation transition team. In 2003, he received the 40 Under 40 Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal. He is a board member of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, the state's oldest land conservation organization.