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April Updates from the Ecological Institute US

Tuesday, April 18, 2017  
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April is a whirlwind month for us at the Ecologic Institute. Quite possibly, this level of activity is driven by the fact that we tend to have our anniversary on Earth Day, April 22. This year, we celebrate number 9 by joining the March for Science. Please let me know if you plan to march that day, it would be great to meet. We will march together with the "Climate Working Group" coordinated by Alexandra Chang from NYU. After the March, there will be a fabulous arts and music event at Dupont Underground, featuring among others DJ Spooky.

I am just catching my breath from the many events since my last update: The month started with moderating a conference on energy efficiency and sustainability in Houston together with the German American Chamber of Commerce on April 4. Air pollution from ports is a major challenge and needs to be addressed if we want to make progress on air quality, be it in LA, Houston or elsewhere. At the same time (roughly), Brendan O'Donnell spoke at the "Dirty Money - Dirty Water Ohio's Fight for Fair Courts & Home Rule for Fracking" conference at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in Columbus, Ohio.

On April 9, we joined the 3rd Anacostia River Festival with our paper-mache project. You can find some pictures on Facebook.

Oh yes, please like our Facebook page, probably the best way to stay in touch with our activities: []

Also, I recommend this great article about Brendan's April 12 lecture on Art and Climate Change at the University of Maryland.

So, what else is happening now? In somewhat chronological order:

After getting sun-burned on the Anacostia, I headed to Fillmore, California, to speak to high school students at Fillmore High about the German energy transition on April 13. The American Council on Germany kindly provided the support for this and more events such as a breakfast in LA on April 14, a discussion on Post-Carbon Cities in Germany at the University Club of Nashville on April 17, then on April 19 a discussion of the German energy transition at the Denver Country Club, and to keep the momentum, a discussion of Post-Carbon Cities in Germany at the University of California, Berkeley, on April 20. If you are near any of these locations around the time of the event, please email me so you can either attend the event or we can at the very least have a cup of coffee somewhere. View Events

I will be back just in time for Earth Day, April 22, our institute's 9th anniversary, 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.

For those of you who missed the April 14 webinar on the Water-Energy-Nexus with Fidan Karimova and Ryan McManamay, the recording can be found on our Facebook page and on the ELEEP YouTube channel.

Unfortunately, we had to cancel the MECAPET webinar which was planned for April 26. Instead, we will now have a new POCACITO webinar on July 12 with Jenny Guillaume from the City of Baltimore, presenting on sustainable water supply.

You can now already register for the "Post-Carbon Finance: Fostering Low-Carbon Investment" on June 15, 2017 in New York City. The event is co-hosted by Ecologic Institute and the Consulate General of Germany in New York. This conference is made possible by the generous support of the Climate Fund of the Federal Republic of Germany. Secure your seat now:

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, but the program is coming together very nicely. We can already confirm former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz as keynote speaker. Please email me if you want to reserve tickets for this major transatlantic climate and energy conference.

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


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