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After COP21, What Are the Key Action Steps for Cities & the Private Sector?

The international climate agreement in Paris celebrated the progress states, cities, and the private sector have made in advancing climate solutions. This panel will explore the opportunities and challenges facing cities and the private sector in addressing climate change. How does the international agreement help or hurt progress toward a climate solution? What can cities and the private sector do without federal action? What federal policies will be most helpful? What policy principles are transferable to China, India and other countries?

Recently, we hosted a discussion of these questions to coincide with our March board meeting in Washington, DC. Our conversation was moderated by board member Greg Nickels, former Mayor of Seattle, Washington, and featured three panelists with public and private sector expertise:

  • Ann Condon, Director, Resource & Environmental Strategies at GE and ISC Board Member
  • Jonathan Pershing, Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis at the U.S. Department of Energy
  • Anthony Williams, Executive Director of the Federal City Council; former Mayor of Washington, DC

We hope you’ll listen to the recording of this conversation, and share your thoughts with us.