The Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development has hosted the Sustainability Series for several years, but in 2017 they are doing things a little differently.
The 2017 Sustainability Series (S2) will bring together local legislators, policy makers, thought leaders, and others to advance energy policy in Colorado. Regression at the federal level demands that states and municipalities take the lead on mitigating climate change and advancing clean energy. Thus, this year’s series will explore what Colorado can do at the state level.
At each event, attendees will hear from leaders in other jurisdictions about policies that are working (or not working) in their communities and consider how such policies might apply in Colorado. The 2017 S2 will consist of four events, with tentative topics as follows:
- The March 7 S2 event featured speakers from California, who addressed state-level action on energy storage, clean transportation and other issues.
- On May 9, policy makers in Hawai’i will discuss the state’s 100% renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and its rooftop solar policies.
- In September, experts from the EU will discuss how sub-national governments in Europe are addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, with a particular focus on energy.
- Finally, December will feature a moderated roundtable discussion with Colorado policy makers and leaders about current energy policy and what lessons Colorado can glean from other states and jurisdictions.
At the end of the year, the Wirth Chair and the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado will produce a white paper summarizing the events, ideas and findings of the 2017 series. The white paper will be distributed to event attendees, policy makers, and the broader community to inform policy and promote action in Colorado.
As always, all events are free and open to the public. Details about upcoming S2 events will be announced separately — stay tuned!