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.
Learn about the deep, interconnected relationship between the main pillars of sustainability (i.e., the economic, social and environmental dimensions) and gain a deep understanding about how cities are using this framework to not only address the entire spectrum of sustainability but also re-imagine the future of healthy and prosperous cities.
Understand the landscape of sustainable urban policy and how and where innovative city policies are being developed and implemented to help deliver the economic, social and environmental benefits to communities.
Understand and learn about the interplay between the public and private sectors and how a new spirit of partnership and collaboration are creating new opportunities to advance sustainable city solutions and overcome persistent barriers.
"Learn about and how cities, in a climate of extreme economic constraint, are adopting innovative financing strategies to fund integrated solutions and drive new critical investment. Understand how cities are making the built environment a critical part of their sustainability projects, plans and policies. Learn about and how cities, in a climate of extreme economic constraint, are adopting innovative financing strategies to fund integrated solutions and drive new critical investment and understand how cities are making the built environment a critical part of their sustainability projects, plans and policies. "
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Education Tracks: Master Series
Event Type: Core Program > Session
Vice President, Policy and Advocacy at U.S. Green Building Council
Washington, District of Columbia , 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 …
Mayor at City of Des Moines
Des Moines, Iowa , United States
A lifetime resident of Des Moines, Mayor Cownie has a long history of civic leadership and community involvement. Prior to joining the Des Moines City Council, Cownie served three terms as chairman of Downtown Des Moines Incorporated, (DDI) an affiliate …
Acting Chair at White House Council on Environmental Quality
Washington, District of Columbia ,
Mike Boots leads the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). CEQ helps to develop and implement the Obama Administration’s environmental and energy agenda. Mike has provided work on the President’s Climate Action Plan, federal sustainability i …
Director at NRDC
Washington, District of Columbia ,
Shelley Poticha serves as director of Urban Solutions, building NRDC’s work for better cities that support thriving people. Urban Solutions brings the place-based work of NRDC together into a coordinated strategy and includes promoting transportation cho …