On November 1, 2011, BC3 members and guests gathered for an event on climate planning in cities. The event focused on how the world's largest cities are preparing for climate change and how we are leading the way right here in San Francisco. At the event, Mark Watts, director of energy and climate change consulting at Arup, spoke about his work as a consultant to the C40; and Climate Program Manager at San Francisco's Department of the Environment, Adam Stern, discussed San Francisco's revised climate strategy and current priorities. (Please scroll down for speaker bios). The event was followed by Q&A and a networking reception generously sponsored by Arup.
What is the c40?
Interesting planning models from China + Finland
Municipal strategies for reducing transportation emissions
How San Francisco's climate program is leading the way
What is the role of businesses in municipal climate planning? (Q&A).
Mark is a director in Arup’s Energy and Climate Change Consulting team, where he provides support to cities around the world in developing strategies and programmes to tackle climate change. This includes leading Arup’s work as consultants to the C40 group of the world’s largest cities. Mark joined Arup in November 2008 as a director, having previously been an adviser to the Mayor of London from 2000 to 2008. As the Mayor’s lead on climate change and sustainable transport, Mark was described by London Evening Standard as “the intellectual force behind Ken Livingstone’s drive to make London a leading light of the battle against global warming.” Mark’s clients over the last two years have included the C40 and city authorities in Copenhagen, Toronto, Sao Paulo, Warsaw, Rome, Utrecht, Addis Ababa, Melbourne, Manchester, Sheffield and Nottingham.