Now more than ever, cities are seen as a stronghold of hope for meaningful progress on sustainability. Indeed, cities have been hubs of innovation on everything from green building to climate protection, and from transportation to resilience. In a political moment marked by national gridlock and dysfunction, cities have proven that they are still able to take bold steps and adopt new, dynamic solutions in the face of persistent and complex problems. But their circumstances aren’t getting any easier. More than 50 percent of the world’s population now lives in cities, a figure that is expected to jump up to 75 percent by 2050. In addition, cities represent just 2 percent of the world’s landmass, but use more than two-thirds of the world’s energy and have a huge impact on other resources. While cities have led many of our greatest leaps in sustainability, how will they be able to continue to fuel advancements and improvements in health, safety, transportation, infrastructure, economic opportunity, resilience and environmental protection? In other words, how will cities keep up with increasing populations, rising inequality, increasing demands, and accelerating climate impacts? We know cities are critical to the future of sustainability. But how will the next iteration of the sustainable city shape the future? Join us for this exciting Master Session, which will convene a diverse group of leaders, including mayors, global sustainability experts and urban pioneers, who plan to explore these questions and examine the trends and developments influencing the future of sustainable cities.
Education Tracks: Master Series
Event Type: Core Program > Session
Vice President, Policy and Advocacy at U.S. Green Building Council
Washington, , United States
Jason Hartke is a national leader working to advance clean energy solutions proven to fuel economic growth while also helping protect the environment. As USGBC, Jason leads a dynamic advocacy enterprise focused on advancing sound green building policy at …