By Ryan Duffy, Communications Fellow
NextTuesday, March 29th, the USGBC MA chapter will be hosting a special COP21 Paris Climate Talks Unconference to revisit 2015's important climate discussions.
This is a unique opportunity to discuss the historic 2015 United Nations Congress of the Parties (COP21) in a green building context. The provisions and commitments reached in the agreement have global implications for sustainability, climate change, and the future of our planet and certainly warrant a closer examination, extensive analysis, and more discussion.
For this reason, we have put together a half-day event featuring a community of experts from a variety of organzations and firms. Panelists who attended the Paris climate talks will be present, with break-out groups led by local issue experts.
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- Sierra Club
- CABA, Climate Action Business Association
- Foundation for a Green Future
- ELM, Envoronmental League of Massachusetts
Our Paris Panelists:
- Michael Green, Climate Action Business Association
- Christopher Mackey, Payette
- Professor John Sterman, MIT System Dynamics Group
Our unConference Discussion Leaders:
- Josh Craft, Environmental League of Massachusetts
- Henrietta Davis, former Mayor of the City of Cambridge
- Elizabeth Saunders, Clean Water Action
More about the Event:
More than 30 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions are buildings-related, and emissions could double by 2050 if we carry on business as usual. Inaction increases risks and vulnerability of countries, regions and local communities from climate change. Yet:
- The buildings sector offers one of the most cost-effective and economically beneficial paths for reducing energy demand and associated emissions while at the same time supporting adaptation and resilience to climate change.
- Many low-energy, renewable and deep- renovation solutions are available. Proven policy, finance and technology actions exist.
- The economic, health, and social benefits of sustainable buildings are significant. Buildings provide shelter, places to live, work, learn and socialize, directly affecting our daily lives.
- Buildings are long-term ventures. Today’s new buildings are tomorrow’s existing stock. Failure to act now will lock in growth in GHG emissions for decades.
Here is how the morning will pan out:
8:30 – 9 Registration and networking
9 – 9:15 Keynote and opening
9:15 – 10:30 Breakout (unconference)
10:30 – 10:40 Break + Networking
10:40 – 12:00 Paris Panel with questions from audience
Please join us as a community of advocates and practitioners as we explore how to leverage the public awareness and policy momentum generated by COP21 to drive policy gains in Massachusetts.