Cities Lead on Climate Change

SUMMARY: Half the world and 80% of Americans live in cities and urban areas use 70% of global energy. Cities are also on the frontlines when it comes to responding to climate impacts, such as rising sea levels and extreme weather related to changing global temperatures. In the run-up to and during the Paris Agreement talks in December 2015, cities played a significant role demanding action on climate change and continue to lead on strategies to reduce carbon pollution. With the current federal inaction on climate change in the United States, American cities are more important than ever for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This talk explores the history of city action on climate and the strategies for how cities can reduce carbon emissions, using the case study of Washington State’s King County-Cities Climate Collaboration.

BIO:  Eileen V. Quigley |  Eileen is the Founder and Director of of Clean Energy Transition, which advances strategies to achieve deep decarbonization and accelerate the transition from fossil fuel to clean energy. A seasoned journalist and nonprofit manager, Eileen was Climate Solutions’ Director of Strategic Innovation from 2009-2016, overseeing the New Energy Cities, Sustainable Advanced Fuels, and Northwest Biocarbon Initiative programs. The author of several reports on clean energy solutions, Eileen was named a German Chancellor Fellow, delivering a paper and presentation, “Revolution Required: Meeting Current and Future Energy Challenges,” for the Cities of Tomorrow Program in Hamburg, Germany in May 2015. Eileen currently serves on the Board of Stockholm Environment Institute-US, the Advisory Board of the University of Washington’s Clean Energy Institute, and as a Senior Fellow at Climate Solutions. Eileen received her Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Yale University.

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