America's cities are confronting growing populations, a changing climate and rising fuel prices. While political leaders debate the development of alternative energy sources, most experts agree energy efficiency is fundamental to the urban future.
Can cities combat global warming and the high cost of power with less wasteful infrastructure and other strategies? What will it take for cities to become more efficient -- and what reforms are beyond the powers of local government?
The keynote address in the inaugural program in the Cities Respond to Climate Change lecture series was delivered by John Podesta, president, Center for American Progress, and former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton - The New School
Kevin Burke is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Consolidated Edison, Inc., the holding company, and chairman and chief executive officer of its largest subsidiary, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, the regulated utility.
John D. Podesta
John Podesta is Chair of the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Under his leadership American Progress has become a notable leader in the development of and advocacy for progressive policy.
Prior to founding the Center in 2003, Podesta served as White House chief of staff to President William J. Clinton. He served in the president’s cabinet and as a principal on the National Security Council. While in the White House, he also served as both an assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff, as well as staff secretary.
Podesta served as co-chair of President Barack Obama’s transition, where he coordinated the priorities of the incoming administration’s agenda, oversaw the development of its policies, and spearheaded its appointments of major cabinet secretaries and political appointees.
Additionally, Podesta has held numerous positions on Capitol Hill, including counselor to Democratic Leader Sen. Thomas A. Daschle (1995-1996).
He is currently serving on the U.N. Secretary General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
A Chicago native, Podesta is a graduate of Knox College and the Georgetown University Law Center, where he is currently a visiting professor of law. He also authored The Power of Progress: How America’s Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate and Our Country.
Julien J. Studley
In 1954, Julien J. Studley established a commercial real estate firm that would only serve tenants and would not be influenced by building owners, landlords, developers, and financing institutions.
Mr. Studley's more than fifty-year career in commercial real estate has made him legendary in New York City real estate circles. He sold the commercial real estate services firm he founded in 1954, Julien J. Studley, Inc. (Studley), in 2003.
As chairman & chief executive of Studley, he was credited with establishing the first tenant representation firm. Studley New Vista Associates management team is led by Mr. Studley. He is joined by Donald Schnabel, Stan Kovak, and Marion Rios, all previously of Studley.
Paul Travis is managing partner of Washington Square Partners, a real estate development advisory firm in New York City which he founded in 1994.
Over the years, he has worked with corporations, non-profit institutions, and government entities to reconfigure real estate assets and solve land use issues.
He is also a partner in Kingsbridge Development Partners, a real estate development firm which developed River Plaza in the Bronx, New York, the first major private development in the Bronx in twenty years. Since its inception, his firm has been responsible for several major redevelopment initiatives, including Moynihan Station Redevelopment, New York Historical Society, Downtown Brooklyn Redevelopment, Cooper Union, Harlem Park, River Plaza, Theater Row, Long Island City and Skyland Center in Washington, D.C.
Prior to founding Washington Square Partners, Mr. Travis served as chief operating officer of Forest City Ratner Companies in New York City, where he was responsible for the development and leasing of MetroTech Center, a 4.5-million-square-foot complex in Brooklyn, New York. He was also responsible for the development of the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, the first new convention center hotel in that city.
President of the Center for American Progress and former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, John Podesta expresses the urgent importance of setting efficiency standards for electric appliances.
Podesta cites the fact that between 1990 and 2000 efficiency standards reduced consumer energy bills by 50 billion dollars, suggesting that further standards might be an even greater boon in the future.
President of the Center for American Progress and former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, John Podesta outlines methods to green buildings. Building construction accounts 48% of US carbon emissions and Podesta tackles ways to lower this carbon footprint by using smart building design, implementing green building standards, and retrofitting existing buildings.
President for the Center for American Progress and former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, John Podesta discusses ways in which we can begin to reduce our energy dependence in the transportation sector.
From plug-in electric hybrids to raised fuel efficiency standards, Podesta recommends lowering our carbon footprint by altering the auto industry.