Place-based and Decarbonization Strategies Discussed at COP15

Commission member Dr. Robert Bullard participated in a discussion with a distinguished panel of experts in Copenhagen sponsored by the University of Delaware’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy.

The panel explored alternatives to the global marketplace paradigm of climate change policy solutions. Speakers discussed place-based strategies for addressing climate change that rely on community action and municipal cooperation, including strategies for improving energy, food and transit systems and for encouraging the development of clean technology. Dr. Bullard emphasized that for any city’s clean energy or sustainability plan to be successful, planners must use equity and justice concerns as a determining factor in the urban design process and in the allocation of energy and transit resources.

Other panelists included: Dr. John Byrne, University of Delaware Distinguished Professor of Energy & Climate Policy and Member of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Dr. Mark Alan Hughes, Distinguished Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, School of Design and former Director of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia; and Dr. Cecilia Martinez, Senior Policy Fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware.


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