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Agenda:

 1:05 Introduction  Ed Groark
 1:15 Sustainable Urbania: A Guided Tour   Gary Gardner
 1:35 Cities and Climate Change: The Scope of the Challenge  Tom Prugh
 2:05 Urban Solutions: Transport, Buildings, Energy  Michael Renner
 2:25 Urban Water Resource Recovery  Bill Brower
 2:40 Sustainable Transport Solutions for Today and Tomorrow  Colin Hughes
 3:05 Break
 3:25 Introduction  Gary Gardner
 3:30 Energizing a Sustainable City  Anmol Vanamali
 3:45 Urban Low Carbon Opportunities and Cost Benefit Mapping  Gregory Kats
 4:10 Cities as Leaders  Ed Groark
 4:20 USDN & STAR: How Cities are Leading the Way  Garrett Fitzgerald

Speaker Biographies

Ed Groark currently serves as Chairman and Acting President of Worldwatch Institute. Ed has been involved with the work of Worldwatch Institute for over twenty five years. Concerned by the combination of rapidly growing world population and the expanding personal environmental footprints of consumer societies, he has encouraged efforts to develop less carbon-intensive and environmentally exploitive methods of supporting modern society. @Worldwatch

Gary Gardner is Director of Publications at the Worldwatch Institute. He has written on a broad range of sustainability issues, from cropland loss and water scarcity to malnutrition and bicycle use. Gary contributes regularly to Institute publications, including State of the World and Vital Signs. He is the author of the 2006 book Inspiring Progress: Religions’ Contributions to Sustainable Development. Before joining Worldwatch in 1994, Gary was project manager of the Soviet Nonproliferation Project, a research and training program run by the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. @Worldwatch

Tom Prugh is a Senior Researcher at the Worldwatch Institute and was formerly editor in chief of World Watch magazine. His interests include energy, ecological economics, and the links between governance forms and sustainability. He is the lead author of Natural Capital and Human Economic Survival (with Robert Costanza, Herman Daly, John H. Cumberland, Robert Goodland and Richard B. Norgaard) and The Local Politics of Global Sustainability (with Robert Costanza and Herman Daly), as well as a chapter for a forthcoming book on the Alberta Climate Dialogues. Tom spent nine years at the U.S. Energy Information Administration before joining Worldwatch. @Worldwatch

Michael Renner is a Senior Researcher at the Worldwatch Institute. His work has principally focused on two topics: the connections between environment and employment (green jobs and green economy) and the linkages between the environment and peace and conflict. He is also a consultant for the International Labour Organization and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He manages the Institute’s Vital Signs series, an online and print publication. In 2007–2008, Michael was the lead author of a report on green jobs commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme. @michaelrenner @Worldwatch

Bill Brower is Manager of Biosolids Operations at DC Water at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant (or “Water Resource Recovery Facility”). He is also responsible for identifying new outlets for this nutrient-rich soil amendment. Previously, he worked on a water and sanitation project in Kenya at the World Bank and held various engineering positions. He has a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge. @dcwater

Colin Hughes is the Director of National Policy and Project Evaluation at the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). Colin directs best practice research on national urban transport policies and works with field offices and national ministries to implement national policies that support sustainable transportation. Colin also directs the project monitoring and impact evaluation at ITDP and is a specialist in research and planning for non-motorized transport and bicycle share systems. Colin is also the team captain of ITDP’s Climate Ride team. @ITDP_HQ

Anmol Vanamali is a Senior Fellow at the Worldwatch Institute and the Financing Strategies Director with the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC). He designs and implements financial mechanisms to facilitate investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Washington, D.C. (in association with the DC Sustainable Energy Utility) and other cities across USA. Prior to VEIC, he was the Director of Finance & Policy Analysis at the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) and was a leading voice in areas of climate finance and clean energy. @AnmolVanamali @Worldwatch @veic

Gregory Kats is Managing Director at ARENA Investments LLC, a clean energy impact investment firm, and President of Capital E, a company that works with cities, corporations, and financial institutions to design, scale, and implement clean energy and low-carbon strategies. Greg previously served as Managing Director of Good Energies, a multi-billion-dollar global clean energy PE/VC fund. He is a founder of both the American Council on Renewable Energy and the country’s first green bank. In 2011, Greg was the first recipient of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Garrett Fitzgerald serves as Strategic Partnerships Advisor for the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), a peer network of local government sustainability directors from more than 145 cities across the United States and Canada. He supports USDN members in developing and advancing collective strategies and partnerships to support their work. Garrett served for five years as Sustainability Program Manager for the City of Oakland, California. In this role, he led an inter-departmental Sustainability Advisory Team and developed Oakland’s Energy and Climate Action Plan and sustainable city publications. @theUSDN

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