Resilient Cities: Going from 100 to 10,000
You'll learn about:
The range of resiliency challenges and distinct needs of different communities
How to discern and apply a “theory of change” to move from pilot projects or case studies to widespread adoption of resilience best practices
Forms that transformation programs take, the options and barriers for replicating successes, and the National Network of State Sustainability Programs
How to apply examples in New Jersey, Minnesota, and New York to create scale in other communities
The 100 Resilient Cities initiative—the leading global resiliency transformation project—enables institutional and market transformation to create resilient urban areas. However, most of America’s urban population and urban infrastructure, while found in metropolitan areas, are not in the central cities that typify the 100 Resilient Cities initiative. Can the transformative lessons of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative be scaled to the rest of urban America? How can we move from 100 to 10,000 resilient cities?
This session describes how states are implementing such scalability through the National Network of State-Local Sustainability Programs, a collaborative network of 14 programs that work directly with cities to provide a pathway to urban and community sustainability. You will learn about the different techniques these programs have employed through case studies of scaling up resiliency initiatives in New Jersey, New York, and Minnesota.
, The College of New Jersey
Confirmed SpeakerMr. Solomon is one of the principals that founded and directs Sustainable Jersey certification program for municipalities and schools. Prior this he was the founder and Executive Director of the New Jersey Sustainable State Institute at Rutgers where he worked to expand the capacity of public decision making to address sustainability. Mr. Solomon's policy experience includes positions as a policy advisor on sustainable development for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities integrating land use and energy policy, director of the States Campaign for the Resource Renewal Institute in San Francisco, and policy director for the non-profit New Jersey Future. Other jobs include a stint as a national Park Ranger and serving in the inaugural class of AmeriCorps volunteers. He has participated on advisory boards for federal and state government, civic organizations, and has advised major corporations. He writes and speaks frequently on sustainable development, energy, land use policy, using indicators in public decision making, and governance issues. He has a BS in Biology from Stockton College, an MS in Public Policy from Rutgers.
, NYS Dept of Env. Conservation
Confirmed SpeakerDazzle Ekblad is a Climate Policy Analyst for the Office of Climate Change at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Originally from Minnesota, Dazzle works out of the DEC’s central office in Albany. She holds a Master of Science in Natural Resources Policy from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. In her current role at the DEC, Dazzle is focused on management of the Climate Smart Communities program and implementation of the Community Risk and Resiliency Act. She has a background in both financial management and environmental science, and a passion for gardening and birds of prey.
, Great Plains Institute
Confirmed SpeakerBrian Ross has 25 years of experience working on local sustainability and clean energy topics, including local government policy and regulation, state policy and rules, and energy utility regulation. Brian currently leads the Great Plains Institute’s solar energy market transformation working across the Midwest and nationally helping local and regional governments develop “solar-ready” policies and regulatory standards. He also leads GPI’s local and regional government technical assistance programs to implement sustainable practices for clean and resilient energy development and climate protection. Brian manages the stakeholder engagement process and facilitates the technical committee for the MN Solar Pathways project, a 3-year initiative to model and evaluate solar deployment strategies to meet Minnesota’s statutory 10%-by-2030 solar target. Previous to joining GPI, he was a Principal at CR Planning, providing technical analysis and facilitating local decision-making and implementation efforts for sustainable development outcomes. Brian has also worked extensively in energy and utility regulation, serving as an expert witness in cost of service and rate design, energy efficiency and renewables, fuel cost reconciliations, and integrated resource planning.