Former CEQ Chair Connaughton Takes the Helm of Nautilus

James L. Connaughton, the CEQ Chair during George W. Bush administration, will lead a data company.

Nautilus Data Technologies, a firm specializing in data storage under water (where the cooling is free (for now!)) just announced their new CEO: the former head of the Council on Environmental Quality (2001-09), James L. Connaughton.

Nautilus’s presser is here.  The firm bills itself as

[t]he first company to successfully launch a waterborne data center prototype, pioneering a new standard for data center efficiency, environmental sustainability and global scalability. The company’s first commercial project is under construction at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Northern California, and will be deployed at a secure port facility in Northern California in summer 2016. Nautilus Data Technologies was founded by Arnold Magcale in 2013 and is headquartered in Pleasanton, California.

Connaughton’s time at CEQ featured a prominent role in the Administration’s ocean sanctuaries and policy development.  Our best wishes to the former chair.

I teach environmental, natural resources, and administrative law at Penn State Law. Before teaching I was an enforcement lawyer at U.S. EPA. Along the way I've done work for environmental nonprofits and written a fair bit about NEPA.
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