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Energy Seminar: LA's Green New Deal, Lauren Faber O'Connor

November 16, 2020 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
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Precourt Institute for Energy
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LA’s Green New Deal, released by Mayor Garcetti in April 2019, sets a global model for upholding and exceeding the Paris Climate Agreement by prioritizing urgency, equity, and prosperity. Uniquely, the city of Los Angeles runs the largest municipally owned electricity and water utility in the country, the second busiest airport in the country, and the largest and busiest container port in the Western Hemisphere. Come learn about how the second largest city in the country, and the third largest metropolitan center of the world, is operating on the global stage on climate action while pursuing the ‘five zeros’ (zero carbon grid, zero carbon buildings, zero carbon transportation, zero waste, and zero wasted water) at home. Further, learn about how Los Angeles is ensuring a recovery from the COVID-19 crisis reinforces rather than delays these goals.

Speaker bio

In her role as Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles, Lauren Faber O’Connor is driving the implementation of LA’s Green New Deal, a global model for local action to confront the climate crisis and build an inclusive green economy that prioritizes equity.  Lauren has spent her career working on environmental issues from serving as West Coast Political Director for the Environmental Defense Fund to being appointed Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Programs at the California Environmental Protection Agency to addressing climate change and energy as the Senior Policy Advisor at the British Embassy.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Earth Systems and Economics from Stanford University, and Master’s degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University.

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