Cities Respond to Climate Change: The Challenge of Energy Efficiency

Cities Respond to Climate Change: The Challenge of Energy Efficiency America’s cities are confronting growing populations, a changing climate and rising fuel prices. While political leaders debate the development of alternative energy sources, most experts agree energy efficiency is fundamental to the urban future. Can cities combat global warming and the high cost of power with less wasteful infrastructure and other strategies? What will it take for cities to become more efficient—and what reforms are beyond the powers of local government?

Keynote address by: John Podesta, President, Center for American Progress, and former Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton

Panel discussion with: Susan Anderson, Director of Sustainable Development, City of Portland, Oregon Kenny Esser, Policy Advisor, Office of New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine James T. Gallagher, Senior Vice President for Energy Policy, NYC Economic Development Corporation Ashok Gupta, Air and Energy Program Director, Natural Resources Defense Council Max Schulz, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute Center for Energy Policy and the Environment

Moderated by: Andrew C. Revkin, Science Reporter, The New York Times

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The Challenge of Energy Efficiency is the inaugural program in the Cities Respond to Climate Change series. Con Edison has generously underwritten both this program and a new scholarship fund to train the next generation of leaders in sustainable urban development at Milano.