Adapting Cities for a Changing Climate
December 9, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. CST
The climate crisis is here, and cities are at the heart of it. New technologies enable innovative solutions to reduce emissions and mitigate the most severe effects, yet cities face a host of challenges in adopting and implementing them. Climate impacts and the technologies that could address them are often experienced unequally within and across cities. Can cities, governments, and the private sector overcome the obstacles to face the new climate reality together?
Join us to explore how technology can help cities create a more equitable and resilient future.
Registration for this event is free thanks to generous support from our sponsors.
Thursday, December 9
10:00 - 11:15 a.m. CST
Ivo Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Peter Spiegel, US Managing Editor, Financial Times
Partnerships for a Resilient Urban Future
Stonly Baptiste Blue, Founding Partner, Urban Us Venture Capital
Daniella Levine Cava, Mayor, Miami-Dade County
Stacy Swann, CEO and Founding Partner, Climate Finance Advisors
Moderator: Patrick Temple-West, Governance Reporter, Financial Times
Remarks by the United States National Climate Advisor
Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Advisor
Investing in Green Cities
Kostas Bakoyannis, Mayor, Athens
Sally Capp, Lord Mayor, Melbourne
Vivek Pathak, Global Head and Director of Climate Business, IFC
Moderator: Simon Mundy, Moral Money Editor, Financial Times
Kostas Bakoyannis is the Mayor of Athens. He has previously served as Governor of Central Greece and Mayor of Karpenissi. He holds an MA in public policy from Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government and a PhD in political science and international relations from the University of Oxford. He is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and a Greek Leadership Council member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
STONLY BAPTISTE BLUE
Founding Partner, Urban Us Venture Capital
Stonly Baptiste Blue is a partner at Urban Us, where he leads early-stage investments in urban climate solutions. Stonly is recognized by TechCrunch as a top 10 VC that startup founders love, and is ranked in the top 10% for competency, reputation, and financial performance on NFX Signal, VC Guide, and Pitchbook, respectively. Stonly has previously taught at University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Twitter: @stonlyb, @UrbanUsCo
Lord Mayor, Melbourne
Sally Capp is the first woman to be directly elected as Lord Mayor in Melbourne. Sally’s top priority is bringing the buzz back to Melbourne and driving the city’s economic recovery following the devastation caused by the COVID pandemic. She was the first woman to hold the post of Agent-General for Victoria in the UK, Europe, and Israel. Sally has also served as CEO of the Committee for Melbourne and was a senior executive at ANZ and KPMG.
DANIELLA LEVINE CAVA
Mayor, Miami-Dade County
Daniella Levine Cava is the first-ever woman mayor of Miami-Dade, managing a $9 billion budget and a workforce of over 28,000, serving nearly 3 million residents. She is committed to building a stronger, more resilient Miami-Dade by prioritizing policies to build safer neighborhoods, rebound and restore Miami-Dade's economy, expand opportunity for all families, protect our environment, and engage directly with residents to make government more responsive and accountable.
President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Ivo H. Daalder served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009 to 2013 prior to becoming president of the Council. Previously, he was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution and served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council. He is the author or editor of ten books.
White House National Climate Advisor
Gina McCarthy is the first National Climate Advisor—the president's chief advisor on domestic climate policy—and leads the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy focused on mobilizing a whole-of-government approach to tackling the climate crisis, creating good-paying, union jobs, and securing environmental justice. Previously, she served as 13th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and then as President and CEO of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
Moral Money Editor, Financial Times
Simon Mundy is the Moral Money Editor at the Financial Times, covering environmental and sustainability issues for the award-winning Moral Money platform and across the wider FT. He first joined the FT in Johannesburg and later spent seven years in Asia, heading the FT bureaux in Seoul and Mumbai. He travelled through 26 countries and six continents to research for Race for Tomorrow (October 2021), a book on the global scramble to respond to climate change.
Director and Global Head, Climate Business, International Finance Corporation
Vivek Pathak is IFC’s Director and Global Head, Climate Business. He facilitates climate-related business growth, capital mobilization, and product development, bringing a climate perspective to the mainstream of IFC’s decision-making. He has previously held the roles of IFC’s regional director for East Asia and Pacific and global head and director of credit and investment risk. Prior to joining the IFC, Vivek held leadership roles at Bank of America and ABN AMRO Bank.
CEO and Founding Partner, Climate Finance Advisors
Stacy Swann is CEO of Climate Finance Advisors. She is also the chair of Chairs’ Council on Climate of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM), and sits on the Board of Montgomery County Green Bank and the Steering Committee of the Global Water Partnership. Swann has previously held senior positions with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the US Department of Treasury.
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs would like to recognize and thank our Pritzker Forum on Global Cities sponsors who are committed to creating a resilient future for global cities. Learn more about their initiatives below:
United Airlines on 100% Green
Resilient Cities of Tomorrow
Heard at the Pritzker Forum
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike at The Post-COVID City | June 2021
A new trend is emerging in the world, that of seeking economic recovery while responding to climate change."
US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg at Pursuing Equity | March 2021
"You cannot talk about infrastructure policy without talking about equity...If transportation is the biggest contributor of greenhouse gases of any sector in the US, then it's poised to be the biggest part of the solution too.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at Pursuing Equity | March 2021
"LA’s Green New Deal, which mirrors many global green new deals, will really connect a new energy economy and environmental justice with jobs.”
Global Cities Public Programs
Resilient Chicago Strategy Release | February 2019
Chicago’s vision for a more resilient and connected city is organized into three pillars: strong neighborhoods, robust infrastructure, and prepared communities.
Communicating Climate Change: The Power of Visual Storytelling | September 2018
From narratives on climate aggregators in the world’s largest cities to sweeping aerial shots of storm ravaged towns, visual storytelling has a profound ability to affect the way we view climate change.
The Clean Energy Revolution: Innovating for the Future | May 2018
From solar photovoltaics and electric vehicles to cutting-edge urban designs, what breakthrough technologies and innovations can power the clean energy revolution?
Global Cities Research and Commentary
How the Data Revolution Will Help the World Fight Climate Change | October 2021
Nonresident Senior Fellow Robert Muggah and former Pritzker Forum panelist Carlo Ratti outline how cities are the proving ground for potent new tools like big data to address the climate crisis.
Are Urbanites Willing to Ditch Cars for More Sustainable Commutes? | April 2021
Using recent poll data, Global Cities Research Director Sam Kling and Research Associate Alex Hitch analyze how urban and suburban residents are looking to sustainable mobility to forestall a potential long-term shift to solo driving.
Building Urban Futures: City Carbon Actions Anchored in Building Codes and Standards | September 2018
Nonresident Senior Fellow Karen Weigert's report highlight how an estimated 100 billion square meters of new construction is expected in countries without mandatory building energy codes, and that a consistent set of principles can frame the work needed to shape thriving, low-carbon cities.