Year in Review: Experts Share their Insights and Opinions on the C40 Blog
In 2013 our ‘Expert Voices’ series featured more than 20 guest authors from organizations and city governments from around the world. From the challenges of preparing cities for future extreme weather events to the importance of measurement and planning initiatives, these experts shared with us their first-hand experiences, successes and insights.
- January: Jane Henley, Chief Executive Officer World Green Building Council and Adam Beck, Executive Director Market Development and Sustainable Communities, Green Building Council of Australia wrote on the new World Green Building Council and C40 partnership. And Holger Dalkman, Director of EMBARQ, contributed ‘Unlocking Sustainable Transport Starts with Cities’.
- March: Sam Brooks, Associate Director of the DC Department of General Services (DGS) and head of its Energy Division, highlighted the renewable energy components of the new Sustainable DC Plan.
- April: Matthew Pencharz, Environment and Political Advisor to the Mayor of London, shared with us how ‘London Must Drive Smart Innovation and Investment’.
- May: We featured a post on the Empire State Building’sgroundbreaking sustainability efforts by Dana Robbins Schneider, head of Jones Lang LaSalle’s (JLL) Energy and Sustainability Services division. Matthew Pencharz contributed once more, this time on his city’s growing low carbon and environmental goods and services sector.
- July: We featured two guest posts from New York City’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability -- one on the NYC Building Resiliency Task Force’s recommendations to maximize preparedness for future weather emergencies, and the other on the findings from the PlaNYC report ‘A Stronger, More Resilient New York’. Kevin Maggay, Energy and Technology, Port of Los Angeles, also contributed to the C40 blog in July, highlighting the various energy efficiency measures underway at LA’s Port.
- August: In the build up to September’s inaugural C40 & Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards, we featured two posts from our partners at Siemens: one by Joe Peach, Infrastructure & Cities Sector, on why cities matter, and the other by Stefan Denig, Infrastructure & Cities Sector, on the “Green City Index” project, as joint effort between Siemens and the Economist Intelligence Unit.
- September: Michèle Dix, Managing Director of Planning at Transport for London (TfL), wrote about the London Mayor’s Roads Task Force report. Michael Stevns, Infrastructure & Cities Sector, Siemens, discussed the ‘Toolkit for Resilient Cities’, a joint effort between C40 partners Siemens and Arup. And we featured a post from Jayson Antonoff, US Director of the Global Buildings Performance Network, discussing C40 efforts related to the measurement and reporting of energy efficiency’s for buildings.
- October: C40’s new Executive Director Mark Watts, then Director of Arup, weighed in on the findings of the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ‘Physical Science Report’. The World Bank’s Stephen Hammer, Lead Urban Specialist — Cities and Climate Change, gave us his account of the first annual City Climate Leadership Awards in London. We also featured a guest post from New York City’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability on the City’scomprehensive programs to reduce solid waste. San Francisco’s Director of the Department of the Environment Melanie Nutter rounded out the month with a post about San Francisco’s solar success.
- November: We heard from Benjamin Towell, Executive Manager, Green Mark, Building & Construction Authority, Singapore, about the recent C40 & World Green Building Council Vision Exercise. Mike Childs, Head of Science, Policy and Research at Friends of the Earth gave us three big ideas cities can use to navigate the next century.
We are pleased with (and thankful for) this impressive line-up and look forward to bringing you more in 2014!