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Looking back: National Leadership Speaker Series on resiliency in 21st century

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USGBC is working with policymakers to advance sound resiliency programs and policies so communities can better implement strategies to prevent and mitigate disasters to the extent possible, implement plans for the inevitable events to come, and provide the appropriate tools and resources to rebound smarter, greener and better.

Climate and economic resilience are two essential elements that will define the 21st century, as our world is more interconnected, urbanized, complex, and yet more fragile than ever. Sound and strategic investments in resilience make indisputable sense when every dollar spent on disaster preparedness saves at least $4 on disaster response

The National Leadership Speaker Series on Resiliency and National Security in the 21st Century is a renowned forum in which thought leaders promote a strategic vision for resilience. This series provides a platform for a critical dialogue, as all sectors articulate roles and engagement strategies on the themes of resilience. The events feature notable keynote speakers who are playing a leadership role in creating a safer, stronger and more sustainable future. “We launched this series to showcase leadership, inspire action and to spark a movement,” said USGBC Vice President of National Policy and Advocacy Jason Hartke, who introduced the event series in 2011 and oversees its programming and direction.  

This series aims to have a national impact by providing government officials and staff, the business and nonprofit community and green building professionals with opportunities to drive a new conversation and learn directly from speakers who are leading resiliency efforts around the country. 

Sign up here to get more info on the series and invitations to events. 

For information regarding opportunities to sponsor the National Leadership Speaker Series on Resiliency and Security in the 21st Century, please visit here.

 

Sept. 23, 2013 - Building Resilience in America: A National Vision for Stronger Communities

The luncheon event featured a keynote address by Kevin Johnson, mayor of Sacramento, Calif., and chair of the Resilient Communities for America Campaign, who laid out a vision for a new national movement to safeguard our communities, adapt to a changing climate and transform adversity into economic opportunity. At the event, the American Institute of Architects unveiled a new report, "Cities as a Lab: Designing the Innovation Economy."

Keynote speaker: 

The Hon. Kevin Johnson, mayor, Sacramento, Calif.

Speakers:

Jason Hartke, vice president of national policy, U.S. Green Building Council 

Clark Manus, FAIA; 2011 AIA president; CEO, Heller Manus Architects

Mike Schmitz, executive director, ICLEI USA

Sponsors:

Resilient Communities for America

American Institute of Architects

Watch the video from the event here

Check out photos from the event here.

 

June 17, 2013 – Official Launch of the Resilient Communities for America Campaign

The official launch of the Resilient Communities for America Campaign represented a key moment in an emerging national movement, led by mayors and county officials across the country who are coming together in response to our nation’s climate and energy challenges. The threat of more frequent and destructive extreme weather events, such as droughts, floods, heat waves, and hurricanes, are of universal and paramount concern to leaders and citizens alike. By committing to create more resilient and prepared communities, they are protecting their residents, businesses and infrastructure, while expanding energy independence and strengthening local economies. 

The event featured an historic signing ceremony as local leaders signed the Resilient Communities for America Agreement (RC4A), the nation's first accord for local elected officials to pledge their commitment to creating more resilient cities, towns and counties. Resilient Communities for America is a national campaign that will mobilize thousands of U.S. mayors and other local elected leaders who pledge to create more resilient cities, towns and counties, built to overcome our nation’s climate, energy and economic challenges. Supported by ICLEI, the National League of Cities, World Wildlife Fund and the U.S. Green Building Council, the campaign not only inspires greater local leadership on resilience, but also provides local governments that join the campaign with resources to help them achieve their goals.

Keynote speakers:

The Hon. Salud Carbajal, first district supervisor, Santa Barbara County

The Hon. John Cook, mayor, El Paso, Texas

The Hon. Joy Cooper, mayor, Hallandale Beach, Fla.

The Hon. Frank Cownie, mayor, Des Moines, Iowa

The Hon. Vincent Gray, mayor, Washington, D.C.

Opening Speakers:

Clarence Anthony, executive director, National League of Cities

Keya Chatterjee, director of international climate policy, WWF

Jason Hartke, vice president of national policy, U.S. Green Building Council

Mike Schmitz, executive director, ICLEI USA

Sponsor:

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Watch the video from the event here.

Check out photos from the event here and here .

 

Oct. 1, 2012 - Communities Built to Last: Charting the Road to Resilience

The luncheon event featured keynote addresses by prominent mayors, representing a diverse array of cities and counties. Each highlighted the efforts of local governments to ensure the resilience and security of their communities in response to growing energy and climate change challenges. 

Keynote speakers: 

The Honorable Ralph Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City

The Honorable George Heartwell, mayor, Grand Rapids, Mich.

The Honorable Kristin Jacobs, vice mayor, Boward County, Fla.

Opening speakers:

Jason Hartke, vice president of national policy, U.S. Green Building Council

Mike Schmitz, executive director, ICLEI USA

Sponsor:

Ingersoll Rand

Watch the video from the event here

Check out photos from the event here and here .

 

Feb. 29, 2012 - Creating Resilient Buildings and Communities for a Changing Planet 

The luncheon event featured a keynote address by the Hon. Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, who highlighted the intersections between building and resiliency in emergency management. The event also unveiled a landmark report by USGBC and the University of Michigan, "Green Building and Climate Change: Understanding Impacts and Strategies for Adaptation."

Keynote Speaker:

Craig Fugate, administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Opening Speakers:

Roger Platt, senior vice president of global policy and law, U.S. Green Building Council

Jason Hartke, vice president of national policy, U.S. Green Building Council

Mike Schmitz, executive director, ICLEI USA

Larissa Larsen, associate professor of urban and regional planning and natural resources, University of Michigan

Chris Pyke, vice president of research, U.S. Green Building Council

Sponsor:

Ingersoll Rand 

Watch the video from the event here and here.

Check out photos from the event here.

 

June 28, 2011 - The Road to Rio +20 

Setting the sustainability agenda for the 21st century, Sha Zukang, secretary general of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), outlined his critical vision for global sustainability during a galvanizing speech to an audience at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Keynote Speaker:

Sha Zukang, secretary general of UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)

Opening Speakers:

Martin J. Chávez, executive director, ICLEI USA, former three-term mayor of Albuquerque, N.M. 

Roger Platt, senior vice president of global policy and law, U.S. Green Building Council

Jason Hartke, vice president of national policy, U.S. Green Building Council

Watch the video from the event here.

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