It Takes a City: Collaborative Climate Action Planning
You'll learn about:
Be able to start a conversation with other non-state actors about collaborative climate action planning initiatives
Understand the existing context of collaboration between cities and other non-state actors on climate action
Understand the need for financing for city climate action
Cities that collaborate with other non-state actors set more aggressive emissions reduction targets, and are better prepared to manage climate-related risks. This suggests that collaboration helps cities aim higher on their climate actions than they would alone, and can make them more resilient in the face of climate change.
The economic opportunity from collaboration for both cities and businesses is substantial: The emergence of the low-carbon economy represents an enormous economic opportunity. In 2016, 75% of the 533 global cities disclosing to CDP identified the potential to develop new businesses and industry sectors linked to climate change. The CDP cities 2016 report, "It Takes a City" including data that cities disclosing to CDP are seeking a combined US$26 billion worth of investment from the private sector for climate-related projects. Cities in North America are particularly interested in financing.
The format of the session will be a panel discussion facilitated by Katie Walsh (CDP cities) with examples from the City of New York, City of Atlanta and City of Cambridge. City representatives on the panel will discuss how their cities have approached collaboration with other non-state actors and key city needs such as financing for sustainability initiatives.
, NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerJohn Lee is the Deputy Director for Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. In this capacity, he is leading the city’s policy and legislative efforts driving the built environment to ambitious energy efficiency standards necessary to reach the City’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. John’s previous public sector service was with the NYC Department of Buildings as Senior Architect in the codes development division and with the Department of City Planning where he served as an Urban Designer. During his early career, John was a design architect in private sector architecture firms working on institutional buildings, transit facilities, and master plans for universities. He is a licensed architect and a graduate of Rice University and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
, City of Atlanta - Office of Sustainability
Confirmed SpeakerDr. Jairo Garcia is the Director of Climate Policies & Renewables at the Atlanta Mayor's Office of Sustainability. Dr. Garcia performs sustainability analysis and reporting, and studies and develops innovative policies and educational programs to track and implement community-wide energy, water, waste, and climate related initiatives. He also evaluates worldwide sustainability best practices, and provides recommendations to meet the Mayor’s goal to make Atlanta a top tier sustainable city. Dr. Garcia has a vast experience in climate, renewables, sustainability metrics, and sustainability education. Dr. Garcia worked as a research assistant for the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York City, and his teaching experience includes two teaching assistant positions at Columbia University, a faculty adjunct and thesis advisor position at Concordia University, and an instructor position for the UCLA-Extension program in Global Sustainability. Dr. Garcia holds an engineering degree, a Master of Science degree in Management of Technology, a second Master of Science degree in Sustainability Management, and a Doctoral degree in Educational Technology and Sustainability.
, CDP North America
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerKatie Walsh oversees CDP’s cities work in North America, engaging the more than 130 cities who disclose their climate and sustainability data to CDP. Katie has served in various roles with a focus on climate change and urban sustainability. Before joining CDP, Katie served as an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps fellow with Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability. She has also worked with the Energy Foundation in Beijing, the U.S. Department of Energy Policy and International Affairs Office and the Chinese Flagship Program at San Francisco State University. Katie holds a dual master’s degree from Tufts University in International Energy Policy and International Business Relations. She completed a Fulbright in Taiwan and holds a BA in History of Asia/Middle East from the University of California, Santa Cruz.