Introduction, Richard Florida, Co-Founder and Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic Cities; Senior Editor, The Atlantic; Professor, University of Toronto and NYU
Introduction, Walter Isaacson, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Aspen Institute
One-on-One Interview on Climate in Cities
Moderator: James Bennet, Editor-in-Chief, The Atlantic
Vice President Al Gore
Moderator: James Bennet, Editor-in-Chief, The Atlantic
Andrew Zolli, Author, "Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back"
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Founding Partner, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co.; Co-Founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism
Bina Venkataraman, Senior Advisor on Climate Change Innovation, Executive Office of the President
Sergej Mahnovski, Director, New York City Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability
James Bennet is the president and editor in chief of The Atlantic.
Richard Florida is Co-founder and Editor at Large of CityLab.com and Senior Editor at The Atlantic. He is director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto and Global Research Professor at NYU.
Former Vice President Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple, Inc.’s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit devoted to solving the climate crisis.
Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine.
Sergej Mahnovski is the Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability (OLTPS), where he manages citywide energy policy and oversees the City’s comprehensive sustainability initiative, PlaNYC. Sergej has served as the point person for the City on energy policy since September 2010. In October 2012, Mayor Bloomberg appointed him Director of OLTPS, merging the City’s energy and sustainability teams.
Sergej leads as team of engineers, economists, policy analysts, architects, and attorneys that conduct innovative research and manage key program on energy and climate. The team received the 2013 Citizens Budget Commission Prize for Public Service Innovation for the Clean Heat program, which is improving air quality in NYC by phasing out heavy fuel oil through innovative financing and regulatory models. OLTPS also oversees research and implementation of key climate resilience initiatives, working closely with FEMA on updating flood maps for the city, and convening utilities, climate scientists, and engineers to assess the risks to critical infrastructure and evaluate cost effective mitigation measures.
Known as one of the most important thinkers of smart growth, sustainable development and community planning in the world, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk brings a unique and highly sought expertise that lends itself to planning at every scale, from the village, to the campus, to the town and the city. Plater-Zyberk is a founding principal of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company and dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture, recognized worldwide for its Suburb and Town Design Program that she created in1988. She is a founder and board emerita board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, established in 1993; the same year that the New York Times characterized the New Urbanism as 'the most important phenomenon to emerge in American architecture in the post-Cold War era.'
She has been awarded several honorary doctorates and awards including the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Medal of Architecture, the Vincent J. Scully Prize, the Richard H. Driehaus Prize, and the Seaside Prize for contributions to community planning and design. Her publications include The New Civic Art and Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream. She remains actively involved in master planning and code development. Her projects local to Florida include those for Downtown Doral, Downtown Stuart, Downtown West Palm Beach and Downtown Kendall. Most recently, she spearheaded the overhaul of the zoning code for the City of Miami, Miami 21 known as the largest example of a form based code, which was approved in 2010.
Bina Venkataraman designs and leads international projects, and helps drive the nation’s science and technology agenda. She teaches undergraduate engineers at MIT to speak and stretch beyond their disciplines, and writes for publications including The New York Times and The Boston Globe. She is committed to deploying innovation and technology to catalyze social impact, especially in the realms of global health, the environment, and education.
Bina currently serves as director of global policy initiatives at the Broad Institute and as senior adviser to the chair of President Obama’s science advisory council (PCAST) — a role in which she works to inject sound science into the thinking of the nation’s leaders.
Bina is an alumna of Brown University and Harvard’s Kennedy School. Her previous work has included serving as a journalist in the newsrooms of The New York Times,The Boston Globe, and The Christian Science Monitor; developing an HIV/AIDS hospital in Vietnam; and managing communications and research for the Rainforest Alliance, an international conservation organization.
Andrew Zolli is the Executive Director and Curator of PopTech, a community of innovators from many different fields who come together to share ideas and collaborate on new approaches to the world's toughest challenges.
Under his leadership, PopTech has identified and trained dozens of the world's leading social innovators and scientists; incubated breakthrough collaborative innovations in mobile healthcare, education, sustainability and a number of related fields, and its annual thought-leadership conferences have become one of the most recognized in the United States.
Andrew has served as a Fellow of the National Geographic Society, and his work and ideas regularly appear in dozens of leading publications and media outlets.