Happy to share that our last webinar by Ecocity Builders on Data Driven Cities for Climate Resilience is now available online incase that you missed it on our webinar page
According to UN Habitat the effects of urbanization and climate change are converging: cities cover less than 2% of the earth’s surface, use 78% of world energy, and produce 60% of CO2 and GHGs through energy generation, transportation, industry and biomass use. Cities and towns are also very vulnerable to climate change and the most affected populations are the urban poor. Habitat goes on to say that cities can reduce GHG emissions while addressing other local environmental problems such as air pollution, waste disposal, and transportation. The challenge is to link climate change to local environmental and development priorities. This webinar will showcase how data and associated mapping technologies can support the creation of sustainable cities resilient to the impacts of climate change. This is accomplished both by providing formats that integrate environmental, social and economic data for an urban area and its surrounding region, and by providing a common visual language that will facilitate discussion between local stakeholders and government agencies.
Kirstin Miller is Executive Director of San Francisco Bay Area based Ecocity Builders.