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February Updates from the Ecological Institute US

Monday, February 13, 2017  
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The year started very early with a keynote on the German Energy Transformation at the Arizona Energy Resilience Summit hosted by the American Council on Germany, Citizens' Climate Lobby and Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona on January 10. You can watch the presentation on our YouTube Channel and on our Facebook page. In addition, there is more about the event and audio of the other speakers on the Citizens' Climate Lobby page.

Then on Thursday, January 26, we had our second ELEEP luncheon, this time on Sustainability at Work with Marilyn Waite. Her new book Sustainability at Work is just out and offers very pragmatic guidance for anybody interested in working in sustainability.
Upcoming:

The next POCACITO webinar is scheduled for February 22, at 12pm ET / 6pm CET: with Leila Mekias and Kimberly Hill Knott, both from Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice. They will discuss Climate Change Planning in Detroit, MI.

Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice convened the Detroit Climate Action Collaborative in 2011 out of the recognition that preparing for a warming world would be necessary for improving quality of life in the city. This group is writing the City of Detroit’s first Climate Action Plan. The process has persevered despite the city's challenges – emergency management, bankruptcy, and the lingering effects of disinvestment. The webinar will delve into that process, including lessons learned, successes and next steps.

You can for this webinar register here.

And for all our urban practitioners working on urban resilience and urban adaptation to climate change: you can now apply for the POCACITO in Germany tour to explore first hand how German cities are adapting to the impacts of climate change. Participants from city and regional authorities, city planners and civil society actors will have the unique opportunity to directly engage with their German professional counterparts and build a US-German network to promote sustainable cities through international exchange. The program will take place from May 15 to 19, 2017.

We offer 15 seats on this tour. Please be sure to submit your application by March 6, 2017.

Our next ELEEP webinar will take place on March 1 at 12pm ET / 6pm CET: Michael McCormick and Joey Wall will discuss Safeguarding California: State climate adaptation policy and challenges ahead.

Michael McCormick, Senior Planner at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and Joey Wall, Climate Policy Advisor at the California Natural Resources Agency, will present on the development of California’s climate adaptation policies, as well as critical issues concerning future climate impacts to the state. The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) leads the state’s planning guidance as well as coordination with local and regional adaptation efforts, while the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) is charged with developing and ensuring the implementation of the state’s adaptation strategy, the Safeguarding California Plan.

Please register for this event here.

And this webinar makes a lot of sense, since our ELEEP group is traveling to California March 5 to 10 to explore climate change adaptation and, surprise, with a focus on water scarcity. Some of the highlights include a visit to the Carlsbad desalination plant, a visit of the Orange County Water District Ground Water Replenishment system, visits to the LA River, the sustainability offices of the city of LA and LA county, visits to coastal adaptation projects, green and blue infrastructure in LA and much more.

Since all spots on this trip are already taken, I am glad I can offer some more ELEEP activities, this time in the DC region: on Sunday, March 19, we will meet with Scott Sklar in Clarendon and he will tour net zero buildings with us. Scott is not only the owner of the Stella Group and one of the leaders on sustainable energy in the DC metro region (and beyond), but also the president of the Sustainable Energy Coalition which Ecologic Institute has just very recently joined. If you want to join our tour with Scott Sklar, please email me by March 11. We only have 10 spots for the tour, so hurry.

On a more personal note, I am looking forward to meeting my friend Chiara Lucchini from Turin who was part of our second POCACITO tour in the US this March 27 for a conference on climate climate change mitigation in Stockholm, hosted by the Stockholm Environment Institute and part of the European Carisma project.

In April, we are very excited that Ecologic Institute will be a partner of the 2017 Anacostia River Festival on April 9. Please come all out to the river bank. More on our activity that day will follow in the next update(s).

On Earth Day, April 22, our institute's 9th anniversary, we will skip any celebrations since this is the day of the March for Science. And just a week later is already the next march: the People's Climate March on April 29.

While this is already quite a lot, there is even more on the horizon:
On June 15, we will host the Post-Carbon Finance symposium at the German House in New York City. You can get an impression of a similar event we did in October 2015 here. Registration for the 2017 symposium is not yet open, more soon.

On June 21 and 22, our ELEEP network will host its conference in DC: Tipping Points - Climate Change and the Global Energy Transition. Registration is not yet open, more soon.

To all our friends of POCACITO who may have missed one of our webinars, you can watch these anytime on our POCACITO YouTube Channel.


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