Cities may account for two-thirds of global energy usage and over 70% of global carbon emissions, but we know they don't have to be enemies of the environment.
That's the thrust of a panel discussion tonight at Baruch College that seeks to identify the ways that urban centers can serve as cleantech innovation hubs, provide models for urban and transportation planning, become leaders in energy efficiency and green building design, and act as platforms for social justice. (Bonus: Treehugger's Bonnie Hulkower helped organize it.)The benefits aren't just global but local too: as the Bloomberg administration's PlaNYC initiative has underscored, smart city-level sustainability policies can reduce carbon emissions while boosting job creation, technology development, and quality of life.
Moderated by Jack Nyman, Director of Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute at Baruch/CUNY, and hosted by the Sustainability Practice Network, the discussion will include:
Bob Yaro, President, Regional Plan Association; Jennifer Ewing Thiel, Director, Tools & Technical Innovation, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA; Micah Kotch, Director of Operations, NYC ACRE at Polytechnic Institute of NYU; Ariella Maron, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Energy Management, NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services; Ernest Tollerson, Director, Environmental Sustainability & Compliance Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York State
"Cities as Accelerators of Sustainable Development": Tonight, 6-8 pm at Baruch College / CUNY, William and Anita Newman Conference Center, 151 East 25 Street New York NY (between Lexington and Third Aves). Room 750.
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