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Published on December 27th, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan

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Renewable Cities Closing Plenary — Words Of Inspiration & Quick Change

December 27th, 2015 by  


Closing out the wonderful, unique Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum, the session below captures a number of the highlights of the forum. It’s a good synopsis if you want to get a general take on what made this forum so special and what we could do at other conferences and events to stimulate more change.

After introductory statements, Tom Pedersen, Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, and Margery Moore, Director of Strategic Environmental Alliances at Bloomberg BNA, each provided their own views on how the forum went and what its highlights were.

There was also an extended period of feedback from the audience, teasing out takeaways from participants from different sectors. There were many great summary statements — and, happily, my opening night presentation was referenced a couple of times.

There was also a dialogue about the next steps forward, between Andrea Reimer, Deputy Mayor of the City of Vancouver, and David Cadman, past President of ICLEI. Shauna Sylvester, Director of the SFU Centre for Dialogue, closed out the closing plenary and thus the entire forum. She was the gem who had the seed idea for this forum, and spent years putting it together, along with several other core organizers.

We aren’t going the exact same route, but the Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum was largely the inspiration for my idea for a big series of solar and electric vehicle events around the US and Europe (and maybe more broadly). These CleanTechnica events will also provide a mixture of inspirational presentations, general market updates, and practically oriented presentations, discussions, and workshops aimed at helping people to bring more solar, EV, and energy efficiency solutions to their homes, neighborhoods, and cities.

Read more of our extensive Renewable Cities coverage.


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About the Author

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.



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