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January 25, 2011—The initial meeting of the Transatlantic Urban Partnership for Energy Efficiency was convened this morning by A۰P۰L۰U, the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities and the Virginia Tech Energy Efficiency Partnership in Washington, DC.
The Transatlantic Urban Partnership brings together cities, their partner universities, and other interested parties from the United States and Europe to present and discuss best practices in urban sustainability.
Today's session, City-University Partnerships: Best Practices in Urban Sustainability in Europe and the U.S., features sustainability efforts in Stockholm, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Lausanne, Switzerland as well as U.S. efforts in Philadelphia, Portland, and Washington, DC related to high performance buildings, smart grid and advanced urban transportation systems. This discussion showcased the way these cities have successfully partnered with universities to promote energy efficiency and innovation in their respective regions.
More than 130 people, including delegations from Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands and representatives from Philadelphia, Portland and the District of Columbia, participated.
This meeting was the first step towards developing a broader network that crosses the Atlantic and enables high-level learning and the exchange of technologies and practices across both continents in the area of urban sustainability," said Jim Turner, senior councel and director of energy initiatives at A۰P۰L۰U.
This two-day series of events began with a dialogue between Europe and the United States focusing on how cities and their universities are working/can better work together to accelerate the implementation of state of the art energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and technologies at the local level.
A Congressional briefing is planned for Tuesday afternoon and a White House meeting with representatives of key federal agencies for Wednesday.
Welcome & Introductions VIEW VIDEO (Run Time - 32:16)
Peter McPherson, President, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (A۰P۰L۰U)|Alan Sessoms, President, University of the District of Columbia (UDC)Honorable Vincent Gray, Mayor of Washington, DCWim Wiewel, President, Portland State University, and Treasurer, Coalition of Urban Serving UniversitiesCharles Steger, President, Virginia Tech
Panel 1: The Netherlands and Portland, OregonVIEW VIDEO (Run Time 53.29)
Wim Hafkamp, Scientific Director, European Metropolitan Institute, The Hague Derk Loorbach, Research Institute for Transitions, Erasmus University RotterdamAlisa Kane, Green Building Manager, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability City of Portland (Presentation)Renjeng Su, Dean of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, Portland State UniversityShari Garmise, Vice President, USU/A۰P۰L۰U Office of Urban Initiatives (Moderator) Documents: European Metropolitan Institute Economic Vitality Project Plan European Metropolitan Institute Flyer European Metropolitan Institute Research Fact Sheet The Netherlands: Overview The Netherlands: Geothermal Home Heating at The Hague
Panel 2: Lausanne, Switzerland and Philadelphia, PAVIEW VIDEO (Run Time 52:10)Denis Decosterd, Head of City Development and Communication, City of LausanneMassimiliano Capezzali, Deputy to the Director, Energy Center, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) (Presentation)Hank Foley, Vice President, Research, Pennsylvania State University and Director of the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy Efficiency in BuildingsAndrew Rachlin, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, City of PhiladelphiaShari Garmise, Vice President, USU/A۰P۰L۰U Office of Urban Initiatives (Moderator)Allen Sessoms, President, UDC (Q&A Moderator) Documents: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Brief Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in General
Panel 3: Stockholm, Sweden and Washington, D.C.VIEW VIDEO (Run time 55:01)Per Ankersjö, Vice Mayor for Environment, City of StockholmRamon Wyss, Vice President for International Affairs, Energy Platform, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (Presentation)Christophe Tulou, Director, District Department of the Environment, City of Washington, D.C. (Presentation)Allen Sessoms, President, UDC (Presentaton)Saifur Rahman, Director, Advanced Research Institute, Virginia TechHoward Ways, AICP, Director of Planning and Sustainability, UDC Llewellyn Wells, President, Living City BlockJim Turner, Senior Counsel and Director of Energy Programs, A۰P۰L۰U (Moderator) Documents: Best Practices: City of Stockholm - Part 1 Best Practices: City of Stockholm - Part 2 Working Together: Stockholm Royal Seaport KTH: Sustainable Urban Development KTH: Stockholm Transport Examples KTH: Executive School Living City Block Overview UDC-Living Cities (Llew Wells)Q & A and SummaryVIEW VIDEO (Run Time 14:46)Wim Wiewel, President, Portland State UniversityJim Turner, Senior Counsel and Director of Energy Programs, A۰P۰L۰U (Moderator)
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