The global rise of cities has been unprecedented. In 1800, 2% of the world’s population lived in cities. Now it’s 50%. Every week, some 1.5 million people join the urban population, through a combination of migration and childbirth. At the same time, cities are faced with challenges to prepare for droughts, extreme heat days, and other effects of climate change. How will these cities sustain themselves and what role can businesses play?
Several US cities have taken a proactive stance in planning for this challenge. To succeed — economically, culturally and environmentally — cities must accommodate new individuals, maintain standards of livability, prepare for threats like water scarcity, more intense storms and compete for talent and brand leadership with other cities. Their ability to do this successfully has major implications for the private sector as well. Corporations are attracted by a reliable, talented workforce.
In this free, hour-long webcast, current and former sustainability directors from three major US cities - Matt Petersen from Los Angeles, Katherine Gajewski from Philadelphia, Brian Swett from Boston - will share their experiences in setting strategy, developing public-private partnerships, and making a citywide sustainability strategy work for residents, businesses and other stakeholders. Clinton Moloney, Managing Director at PwC and Shana Rappaport from GreenBiz will moderate.
During this webcast, you’ll understand:
- The case for sustainable cities
- Lessons from the front lines on the challenges cities face as they become more sustainable – and strategies that are making a difference
- How cities and businesses can partner to play an active role in one another’s success
Clinton Moloney, Managing Director, Sustainable Business Solutions, PwC
Clinton Moloney is Managing Director and leader in PwC's Sustainable Business Solutions advisory team with over 16 years of strategy consulting experience focused on helping clients frame and mobilize sustainability-driven business transformation in the US, UK, Australia and South East Asia.
Clinton currently serves as a Vice Chair of the Board of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership in San Francisco, CA, and a National Board member of Friends of the Children based in Portland, OR. He has worked with executive leadership at multiple Fortune 500 companies and has extensive experience mobilizing entire organizational systems, including internal (e.g., C-suite & middle management) and external stakeholders (e.g., customers & suppliers), around sustainability goals to help foster innovation.
In his role as a Managing Director in the Sustainable Business Solutions group, Clinton has two focus areas: The first is to help our most significant clients transform their businesses for a more sustainable future; the second is to find ways to leverage PwC’s platform to transform the financial system through new approaches to measurement, valuation and materiality.
Matt Petersen, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Los Angeles
Before joining the Mayor’s office, Matt served as President and CEO of Global Green USA for 19 years. Passionate about improving the lives of those in need, combatting climate change and greening communities, Petersen focused the organization on greening affordable housing, schools and cities (including LA). Petersen led the organization in the green rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and later to communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Matt is a board member of Global Green USA and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, as well as is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative.
Katherine Gajewski, Director of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia
Katherine Gajewski is the Director of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia. She leads the implementation of Greenworks, the city’s comprehensive sustainability plan. In this role she works with city government partners and external stakeholders to advance progress across 15 targeted goals. Since the plan was launched by Mayor Nutter in 2009, Greenworks has received broad support within Philadelphia, has garnered national and international attention, and has positioned Philadelphia as a leader in urban sustainability. Katherine is active nationally as co-chair of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, a peer-to-peer network of local government professional from cities across the U.S. and Canada working to share best practices and accelerate the
application of good ideas across North America.
Brian Swett, Former Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space, City of Boston
In January 2015, Brian Swett stepped down after completing two and a half years as Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space for the City of Boston. His Cabinet was comprised of the Inspectional Services Department, the Environment Department, and the Parks and Recreation Department. Mr. Swett served 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 represented 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 Council.
Shana Rappaport, Director of Engagement & Correspondent, VERGE®, GreenBiz Group
Shana's mission is to advance large-scale, systemic solutions to accelerate climate stabilization. Her role at GreenBiz focuses on scaling and supporting the growing VERGE ecosystem globally, unleashing the game-changing potential at the nexus of energy, transportation, building and information technologies. She previously worked as the director of education for Bioneers.