- Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is looking for the next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs.
- The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute has completed a report for that examines the impact climate change is likely to have on Alberta's ecosystems. Alberta's boreal forest may transition to aspen forest and grasslands as a result of changing climate conditions.
- The Climate Bonds Initiative has issued proposed eligibility criteria for solar assets under the Climate Bond Standard and Certification Scheme.
- Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than 9-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050
- The sun is finally rising on the global solar business, with growing demand in developing regions helping to ignite the first increase in industry wide capital spending in three years in 2014
Nowhere else is the nexus between sustainability and social wellbeing more evident than in our cities, where more than half the world's population now lives. Today's urban centres have become living laboratories for innovative green building technologies, sophisticated energy management systems, and advanced sustainable transportation networks, all focussed on making cities more economically, socially, and environmentally vibrant places in which to live and do business. This theme will examine the key dimensions of urban sustainability - energy, housing, mobility, and eco-restoration.
Building Blocks for a Sustainable Economy Dialogue
Better technology, infrastructure, and policy are all essential to building a cleaner economy, especially at the municipal level. This Dialogue will explore how the private and public sectors see these elements working together as the building blocks of a sustainable economy, and how smart business strategies and government policies can accelerate the process.
David Kepler, Executive Vice President of Business Services, Chief Sustainability Officer & Chief Information Officer, The Dow Chemical Company, USA
Charles Rate, Executive Vice President, SNC-Lavalin & President, SNC-Lavalin Operations & Maintenance, Canada
Don Roberts, Vice Chairman, Wholesale Banking & Managing Director, Investment Banking, CIBC World Markets Inc., Canada
Lights, Power, Action: Energy Management and the Growth of Smart Cities
Meeting the growing demand for power while curbing greenhouse gas emissions will require a fundamental transformation of how we produce, deliver, and use energy - especially in growing urban centres around the world. Find out how leading companies in this space are working with municipal leaders to manage the efficient demand and "smart" supply of energy in cities.
Judy Dorsey, President & Principal Engineer, Brendle Group, USA
Rich Feldman, Pacific Northwest Regional Manager, ECOtality North America, USA
David Graham, Deputy Director of Policy, City of San Diego, USA
Burning Issues for Tomorrow's Cities: Community Energy & Waste-to-Energy Systems
As municipalities look to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of their sustainability planning initiatives, innovative methods for heating and powering our built environment are emerging from biomass and waste sources. How are city planners, developers, and technology experts addressing the issues around access to feed stocks, emissions and particulate matter, and public health and safety in order to ensure a place for these technologies?
Peter Heusser, Process Technology & Consulting, I.C.E. AG, Switzerland
Franz Neubacher, Principal & Chief Engineer, UV&P Environmental Management & Engineering, Austria
Paul Sellew, CEO, Harvest Power, USA
Douglas Stout, Vice President of Energy Solutions & External Relations, Fortis BC, Canada
Green Visionaries: Designing and Building Eco-friendly Cities from Within
How can nature-inspired approaches help solve our green building challenges and ensure true triple bottom line outcomes? As the bar is raised by escalating concerns about climate change, along with evolving green building codes, targets, and minimum standards, environmentally-conscious developers and others are facing challenges and opportunities. Learn about the concepts being applied in products, buildings, and cities around the globe to create more liveable, sustainable, and resilient urban spaces.
Teresa Coady, Principal & President, B+H BuntingCoady Architects, Canada
Ann Edminster, Net-zero Energy Building Consultant & Chair of the Trilateral Green Building Task Force, Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), USA
Mike Kontranowski, Senior Market Manager, Dow Building Solutions, USA
Thomas McKeag, President & Founder, BioDreamMachine, USA
Pascal Mittermaier, Head of Sustainability EMEA, Lend Lease, UK
The Role of Property Valuation in Driving Sustainability
Property valuations and appraisals are crucial in establishing a sound economic baseline for the entire economy. However, is the sustainable value of a building reflected in its market appraisal and what is the role of the valuator in determining this? This session will explore the issues and provide an update on the links between sustainability and valuation, education, and relevant standards and practices. In particular, panelists will provide participants with a better understanding of how valuation is playing a key role in the evolution of the financial community, property markets, appraisal professionals, and the wider private sector.
David S. Bunton, President, The Appraisal Foundation, USA
Sarah Sayce, Head of School of Surveying & Planning, Kingston University, UK
Lawrence Waterfall, Vice President of Valuations, Bentall Kennedy LP, Canada
Theddi Wright Chappell, Senior Managing Director & National Practice Leader, Cushman & Wakefield Inc., USA
Green Infrastructure Integration in Cities: The Key to Success?
For many, quality of life depends significantly on the quality of installed infrastructure and the efficiency of its operation in our cities. With aging roads and outdated transportation networks, challenges to water access and quality, and uncoordinated energy systems in many urban centres around the world, what's the best way forward to ensure reliable infrastructure development in a capital-constrained world? How can an integrated approach that involves sustainability and land-use planning, greater use of green technologies, and public policy and coordination across departments and jurisdictions increase the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of infrastructure development?
Ron Aitken, Vice President of Transit & Rail Systems, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., Canada
Brian Castelli, Executive Vice President for Programs & Development, Alliance to Save Energy, USA
Paul Lander, Principal, Dakota Ridge Partners & Chair, ASLA Water Conservation Network, USA
Robert Ouellette, Founder & Editor, MESH Cities, Canada
Spotlight on Dubai
Dubai has emerged as a leading regional commercial hub for the Middle East with state-of-the art infrastructure and a world-class business environment. Hear about the latest opportunities arising from the recently launched government strategy "Green Economy for Sustainable Development", and a first-hand account of Dubai's drive for sustainability through green infrastructure in energy, water, transportation, buildings, public and business support services.
Mohamed Abdulla Al Ali, Director Planning & Business Development & Head of Power Conservation Committee, Roads and Transport Authority, UAE
Fahad Al Gergawi, CEO, Dubai Foreign Investment Office (FDI), UAE
Saeed Ghubash, Director, EnPark, UAE
Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), UAE