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Sustainable Cities: Harnessing Urbanization to Achieve Social and Environmental Goals

February 2013

Citation: 43 ELR 10083

Issue: 2

Author: Lynn Scarlett, Shlomo (Solly) Angel, Ken Cornelius, Colin Harrison, Julia Parzen, Carter H. Strickland Jr., Terry F. Yosie, and John Cruden

Cities have great advantages. They provide good jobs and are the most efficient form for delivery of services such as waste disposal, power, education, fire protection, and transportation, when compared with rural areas. City dwellers also use less energy than their counterparts in the countryside. Many experts envision that cities of the future will utilize more sustainable water, waste, energy, and transportation infrastructures. But what will drive the innovation needed to create these cities? And what role will government, industry, and NGOs play in bringing about this change? On November 8, 2012, the ELI—Miriam Hamilton Keare Policy Forum hosted a panel of experts to discuss the future of sustainable cities.

Lynn Scarlett is Former Deputy Secretary of the Interior (Moderator). Shlomo (Solly) Angel is Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning, New York University. Ken Cornelius is Head of Global Center of Competence Americas, Siemens Infrastructure & Cities. Colin Harrison is Distinguished Engineer at Enterprise Initiatives, IBM. Julia Parzen is Coordinator at Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Carter H. Strickland Jr. is Commissioner, NYC Department of Environmental Protection. Terry F. Yosie is President & CEO, World Environment Center. John Cruden is President, Environmental Law Institute.

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