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Smart Growth: The Beginning of a New Era
April 17, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Join the World Affairs Council, Green Building Alliance, and the American Council on Germany, with support from the Heinrich Boll Foundation, for a public policy discussion and luncheon with internationally recognized environmental thought-leader Ralf Fuecks.
With estimates that the world’s population will reach between 8.3 and 10.9 billion by 2050, we face a myriad of economic, social, political, and environmental challenges at the local, regional, national, and international levels. The emergence of a truly global middle class — and with it, a voracious appetite for material consumption — is contributing to these challenges as are growing environmental concerns and increasingly scarce resources (such as food, water, and energy). The recognition of the limitations of traditional growth strategies has spurred new thinking about the way in which modern societies deal with scarcity. New energy technologies and financial innovation have opened exciting new industrial and economic possibilities. Smart sustainable initiatives lead to job creation, innovation, and local sustainable entrepreneurship.
Join us for an engaging conversation with one of Europe’s environmental thought leaders, and learn how highly efficient technologies and an intelligent cycle of materials can stimulate a shift in energy production, transportation, and urban development. Ralf Fuecks will offer a strategic vision at the local, national, and international levels concerning:
*The environmental cost of globalization
*The market for renewable energies, and
*A blueprint for an eco-friendly city.
Ralf Fuecks has been a member of the executive board of the Heinrich Böll Foundation since 1996. The primary focus of his work is sustainable development and a green economy, the future of European integration, and foreign policy. Within the Foundation, he is responsible for domestic political education, Europe and North America, as well as German-Israeli relations.
Ralf Fuecks joined the Green Party in 1982. In 1985, he was elected to the Bremen State Parliament. He served as Co-President for the national Green Party in 1989/90. He returned to regional politics in Bremen in 1991, serving as Deputy Mayor and as Senator for Urban Development and Environmental Protection.
As a member of the Green Party’s Program Commission, he co-authored the new party program, which was adopted in 2002. He is a regular contributor to numerous newspapers and political periodicals and co-author of several books.
World Affairs Council, GBA, and American Council on Germany Members: $25
To register, visit www.worldpittsburgh.org or call 412-281-7970. Please advise in advance of any dietary restrictions.