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Catalyzing Urban Innovation Ecosystems in the Race Towards Net-Zero

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Showcasing policy makers, companies and academics teaming up in establishing unique ecosystems to fuel and sustain urban innovation

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On April 21, 2021 - Wednesday - 12-1pm ET

Catalyzing Urban Innovation Ecosystems in the Race Towards Net-Zero

LEED certified cities and communities are utilizing urban innovation as the key in developing advanced technological and policy solutions for improving sustainability, equity and quality of life.

USGBC is launching the Urban Sustainability Solutions Forum to highlight policy makers, companies and academic institutions in these projects, who are teaming up now more than ever in establishing unique ecosystems to fuel and sustain this innovation.

Three such projects during the launch of the Forum will discuss: Catalyzing Urban Innovation Ecosystems in the Race Towards Net-Zero on April 21, 2021/Wednesday at 12pm ET. Subsequent forums will take place on: July 21 and October 20.

Host: Vatsal Bhatt, Vice President for Communities at USGBC

Speakers:

  • Amanda Leonis, City of San José, California
  • Jeff Benavides, Orange County, Florida
  • Siemensstadt2, Berlin, Germany

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Amanda Leonis is currently an Acting Environmental Services Program Manager for the Sustainability and Policy Team of Environmental Services for the City of San José. She has worked for the City on various Energy and Climate programs and helped develop the Climate Smart San José Plan. She will discuss how San José integrates innovation through the City culture and priorities and will touch on energy and sustainability innovation promoted in the City and its building stock.

Jeff Benavides, Orange County in Florida’s first chief sustainability and resilience officer. He plans to talk about a social enterprise start up incubator focused on clean tech, food waste, building tech, a new grant program that funds underserved communities, an energy-environment economic cluster research study, and a variety of workforce development programs.

Siemensstadt² is becoming a glowing example of a carbon neutral smart district in Berlin, Germany, with smart buildings that make sensible use of locally generated renewable energy, intelligent infrastructure solutions enabling an optimal, resource-saving interaction between people, nature and technology demonstrating new forms of recycling and tomorrow's reused materials production, urban technology using the Internet of Things (IoT) and are continuously improving through data analysis and artificial intelligence and the climate-neutral transport systems promoting charging infrastructure, a very high focus on walking and cycling, and optimal integration into public transport networks.

Picture above: San José Environmental Innovation Center is a reimagined brownfield, green enterprise facility and EcoPark with a net-zero energy building, a hub of green building and services in the community, a used building supply retail store; cleantech incubator; countywide household hazardous waste collection facility; and city environmental services offices.

2021 Monthly LEED for Cities and Communities Forums

In 2021, the LEED for Cities and Communities monthly forums will take place on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The monthly forums are free to the public and are intended to encourage practitioners to learn more about the work at the city and community scale. On-demand programming will be set up following each recorded program and will be featured on Education @ USGBC.

Our series follows three quarterly themes:

  • Local Government Leaders Forum | Feb, May, Aug, Nov
  • Global Leaders Forum | Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec
  • Urban Sustainability Solutions Forum | Apr, Jul, Oct

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