• Program 2010-11

Cities as Accelerators of Sustainable Development


January 19, 2011


6-8 pm


Baruch College / CUNY, William and Anita Newman Conference Center, 151 East 25 Street New York NY (between Lexington and Third Aves). Room 750.

Cities currently account for half the global population, two-thirds of global energy usage, and over 70% of global carbon emissions. The world's rapidly growing cities increasingly face natural resource shortages, inefficient infrastructure, economic disparities, and social dislocation. Yet despite their significant environmental impacts, cities can also serve as important sources of potential sustainability solutions to global sustainability challenges, creating cleantech innovation hubs, models of urban and transportation planning, leaders in energy efficiency and green building design, and platforms for social justice. City-level climate and energy policy implementation can also help achieve large scale carbon reductions at manageable costs and with co-benefits such as job creation, technology development, and pollution reduction.

Join Sustainable Practice Network experts as they parse out the factors that make cities and urban livelihoods sustainable and reflect on the short-term and long-term changes required to mainstream sustainable practices and policies. Come contribute to the discussion of how cities can accelerate local and global sustainable development, resilience, and prosperity while adapting to the challenges of climate change, resource scarcity, and globalization.


Jack Nyman, Director of Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute at Baruch/CUNY


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