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From Paris to Pittsburgh: COP21 and You

February 10, 2016 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EST

You’ve heard all about the climate talks that took place in Paris at the end of 2015. Now, get a first-hand account from someone who was there, and hear the Pittsburgh perspective.


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In December 2015, nations from around the world convened in Paris, France for the U.N. Climate Change Conference – Conference of Parties, also known as COP21. The conference was covered extensively in the press and was widely referred to as one of the biggest international steps to curb human-caused climate change in recent history. The results of the conference were swiftly summarized, dissected, and debated in press outlets around the world (find a few examples here, here, and here).

But wouldn’t you love to get an insider’s perspective on those talks, and learn about exactly how the agreements relate to our region specifically? That’s where Mark Dixon and Ari Lattanzi come in! Join GBA for a Lunch & Learn where Mark and Ari will share their unique perspectives on these ground-breaking negotiations.

About the Speakers

Mark DixonMark Dixon is a local photographer, filmmaker, and environmental activist who has been following international climate discussions for years. In July 2015, Mark formally represented the City of Pittsburgh and the Mayor’s Office at an official COP21 precursor event, the World Summit Climate & Territories in Lyon, France. Next up, Mark crowd-funded his way to Paris in December to attend the formal COP21 negotiations as an official member of the press. Mark documented his experiences here and he’ll share more detail and insight with the GBA audience at our event.


Version 2Ari Lattanzi joined the City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Sustainability as the resilience analyst following the completion of her SCA AmeriCorps Green Cities Fellowship with the office. She has conducted an extensive greenhouse gas emissions inventory for Pittsburgh community and local government sources and activities in 2013 and is working to update the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan (PCAP). Ari will offer insight as to what we can expect from PCAP 3.0, and offer some local context relating to the COP21 negotiations (find some details about the City’s plans and commitments here).


11:30 – 11:40 – Attendees grab lunch and find a seat; GBA introduction.

11:40 – 12:30 – Presentations.

12:30 – 1:00 – Q&A Session.

Learning Objectives:

1. Hear first-hand accounts from the COP21 climate negotiations, including insight from a Pittsburgher.

2.Discover what can be expected from Pittsburgh’s next version of the Climate Action Plan and hear updates on the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative.

3.Learn about how the climate negotiations may impact Pittsburgh, and discover more about our role in climate change.

4.Explore next steps in curbing climate change on a personal, regional, national, and international level.


This event is approved for 1.5 GBCI CEUs and 1.5 AIA HSW hours.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits.  Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.


February 10, 2016
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Leslie Montgomery


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