State Leads Larry Hartig Department of Environmental Conservation http://dec.alaska.gov/ Larry Hartig is the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation. Prior to his appointment to the position in 2007, Larry worked as an attorney in Alaska for more than 20 years, focusing on environmental law, regulations, permits, and natural resource and land use issues. Return to the Climate Change leadership page. The Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team is chaired by Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott. The Secretariat for the Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team is the Institute of the North. More information about the team and climate resources can be found here.