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Energy Innovation in Cities: How Cities Lead in Implementing

Canadian municipalities have the most flexibility of any level of government when it comes to setting policies, piloting and implementing clean tech/energy efficiency solutions. In this three part series, representatives from three North American cities (Portland, Boston, Vancouver) will outline their successes and discuss how cities might use their flexibility as an advantage to attract, support, build and sustain cleantech businesses.


"Greenovating" Boston

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Brian Swett

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Chief of Environment and Energy,
City of Boston

Brian Swett is Chief of Environment and Energy for the City of Boston. The Environmental and Energy Services Cabinet is comprised of the Inspectional Services Department, the Environment Department, the Parks and Recreational Department’s Open Space Planning, and Boston’s Recycling Program. Mr. Swett serves as the Mayor’s appointee to the boards of the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA), Boston Groundwater Trust, Boston Harbor Islands Alliance, and the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. Mr. Swett also represents the City on the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, the State’s Global Warming Solutions Act’s Implementation Advisory Committee and the State’s Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee.

Over the last year, Chief Swett led a variety of major policy and program initiatives including developing and passing a rental inspection ordinance and a building energy disclosure ordinance, launching Greenovate Boston, a sustainability education and outreach initiative, and kicking off Climate Ready Boston, a set of climate preparedness initiatives focused on Boston’s built and natural environment. Chief Swett is now starting efforts to update the City’s Climate Action Plan, which is due in 2014.






Reaching Climate and Energy Goals through Collaboration: Portland’s Sustainability Story

In 1993, Portland, Oregon became the first major American city to set a policy goal to reduce emissions from greenhouse gases. Since that time, Portland is one of the few urban areas in the United States to achieve steady reductions in carbon emissions, despite rising population and job growth.

Ms. Jacob’s presentation will tell the story of Portland’s successes and lessons learned over the past two decades. She’ll discuss how Portland’s view of sustainability has evolved from a narrow focus on environmental sustainability to a triple-bottom line approach that delivers economic and equity outcomes as well. Collaboration and partnership emerge as key themes. Ms. Jacob will highlight specific examples from Portland’s work in energy efficiency, renewable energy and green building.

Andria Jacob

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Senior Manager, Clean Energy Programs
Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Andria Jacob manages a portfolio of clean energy programs for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. She has 15 years of experience designing and delivering innovative energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability programs. Andria helped found Clean Energy Works Oregon and Solarize Portland, both nationally-recognized clean energy programs. She also works on key climate and energy policy initiatives at the local and state level. Andria began her energy career at E Source in Boulder, Colorado and worked in the private sector consulting on energy efficiency prior to becoming a civil servant. She holds an MA in environmental policy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BA in economics from Lehigh University.









Sean Pander

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Director of Sustainability, City of Vancouver

Sean Pander, Director of Sustainability for the City of Vancouver has been leading energy planning, projects, and policy development for the private and public sectors for over 20 years.  He was the senior energy and climate planner for Vancouver between 2003 and 2011, during which time he established and led the team tasked with implementing energy and green building plans, programs, and policies for the City.  More recently, he oversaw the development of the City's Greenest City 2020 Action Plan and currently leads the City’s Sustainability Support Services team which is responsible for Climate Adaptation Planning; overseeing the greening of City operations; and providing project management and planning support for internal departments leading the Greenest City Plan implementation.




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Lowering the world’s greenhouse gas emissions is not an easy task, but with the right minds in the right place, it can be done.

Held in Edmonton, Alta., the Zero 2014 Conference will address the goal of lowering our carbon impact by bringing together policy and clean-technology leaders from around the world. This three day conference will also feature presentations from the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation Grand Challenge Round 1 Finalists.

CCEMC: A Global Responsibility


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