TheCityFix Managing Editor Erica Schlaikjer will be attending the Clinton Global Initiative this week to blog about issues related to sustainable transportation, climate and energy, and cities.
EMBARQ Director Nancy Kete will be attending as a panelist for the seminar, “The Infrastructure of Place: Sustainability and the Built Environment” this Thursday, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. She will be speaking on themes related to accessibility (the ease of getting around a city) and the effects of transportation infrastructure on the social fabric of communities. She expects to highlight trends from cities as far-ranging as Arequipa, Peru and Istanbul, Turkey.
To learn more, visit the official CGI Annual Meeting Web site:
Thursday, September 24, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM ★ New York West, 3rd floor
Cities are bustling centers of economic activity, innovation, and intellectual capital – and they rely on infrastructure to function. Rethinking and reinvesting in the underpinnings of urban development, land use, and transportation can set the stage for a new wave of economic prosperity that reverses old patterns of waste and inequality. Much of tomorrow’s infrastructure is already standing today, and many of our current buildings pollute and consume massive amounts of energy. Rebuilding communities to meet energy and environmental challenges, and to manage the press of urbanization in the developing world, can be a source of jobs and consumer savings while improving long-term sustainability. This session will look at innovative approaches to the modern city, public transportation, financing energy efficiency, and restoring economic opportunity.
Wesley Clark, Former United States Army General; Chairman & CEO, Wesley K. Clark and Associates, LLC
Ritt Bjerregaard,Lord Mayor of Copenhagen
Nancy Kete, Director, EMBARQ – The WRI Center for Sustainable Transport
Clay Nesler, Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability, Johnson Controls Inc.
Albina Ruiz, Executive Director, Ciudad Saludable
Ron Sims, Deputy Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Vijay Vaitheeswaran, Global Correspondent, The Economist; Co-Author, ZOOM
Also, watch this introductory video about the 2009 CGI Annual Meeting, via The Huffington Post: