The Security and Sustainability Forum’s Free March 22nd Webinar Addresses the Local Economic Benefits of Sustainability Investments: Increasing Value and Decreasing Risks

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The Security and Sustainability Forum’s free March 22nd webinar on “Maintaining Economic Vitality in a Changing Climate,” co-produced by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability USA, will host a panel of global investment, economic development, and city planning leaders. The session will address how municipal sustainability investments can increase business value and tax revenue, create jobs, and protect human health and welfare. Panel members, including officials from the Cities of Chicago and Copenhagen, will provide concrete examples of valuing climate risk to finance the investments.

Lykke Leonardsen, Copenhagen Sustainability Official

Lykke Leonardsen, Head of the Department for Strategic Planning, Copenhagen

From near bancruptcy to economic vitality -- Copenhagen's sustainability story.

The Security and Sustainability Forum announced that its free March 22nd webinar on “Maintaining Economic Vitality in a Changing Climate”, co-produced by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability USA, will include city officials from Chicago and Copenhagen. Joining global investment and urban economic development leaders, they will address how municipal sustainability investments to mitigate the impacts of climate disruptions can create jobs and increase business value and tax revenue.

According to World Bank estimates, most of the $80-100 billion in expenses needed to address increasingly severe and frequent climate events will come out of municipal budgets.

Learn how to apply traditional and novel financing techniques, how the insurance industry determines the value of climate risk and what cities like Copenhagen and Chicago are doing to optimize the health, social welfare, and economic value of investing in sustainable infrastructure.

The webinar is on March 22nd, from 1:15 PM to 2:45 PM EDT. Register for free. The panel includes:

  •     Lykke Leonardsen, the Head of the Department for Strategic Planning in Parks and Nature in Copenhagen’s Technical and Environmental Administration, has led the preparation of the city’s first climate change adaptation plan. She will discuss how the plan will improve the city for its residents and how the initiatives will be financed.
  •     Jeb Brugmann, author of “Welcome to the Urban Revolution: How Cities Are Changing the World” and a new ICLEI White Paper, “Financing the Resilient City: A Demand-driven Approach to Development, Disaster Reduction and Climate Adaptation.”
  •     Mindy Lubber, President of CERES, which leads a national coalition of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working with companies to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change and water scarcity.
  •     Karen Weigert, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Chicago, has been invited to share a US city planning perspective. Chicago’s sustainability strategy is focused on mitigating climate change through energy efficiency and incorporating job creation to simultaneously bolster the local economy.

They will be joined by insurance industry professionals addressing the valuation of climate risk and its relation to investments. Register for free here.

This is the fifth in the Security and Sustainability Forum's series on Adaptation and Security in a Changing Climate. Access to SSF's webinar archive is offered through a free membership program.

About The Security and Sustainability Forum:
SSF is a public interest, membership organization that hosts free live educational webinars. Sessions feature panels of global experts who address the human health and welfare impacts caused by climate and other environmental disruptions. A major focus of the webinars is how sustainable approaches to minimize environmental stresses can reduce instability and conflicts and can improve the security of humankind. Our programs seek to not only educate, but also spark new ideas about resilient approaches and solutions.

ICLEI USA is the recognized leader in local sustainability. We are the only organization that offers a comprehensive approach to help your local government achieve its sustainability, climate protection, and clean energy goals. We set national standards and drive innovation.


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