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IRIS Speaker Series: David Miller . Nations Talk. Cities Act

Nov 22, 2012, 4pm-5:30pm

Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities that comprise diverse residential, commercial and industrial activities. Increasing concern about climate change and energy security are driving the development of clean, efficient and sustainable energy solutions. Cities will shape the future of the energy sector and they have the opportunity to be effective engines for change. Meeting this challenge will require innovative approaches to urban planning, development and infrastructure, and collaboration between government, business, and academia. Brought to you by IRIS and the Undergraduate Political Science Council.

David Miller is Counsel, International Business and Sustainability at Aird & Berlis LLP. In that role, he assists the firm  in the development of its international clean tech and renewable energy practices. David is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies. In addition to being a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability, David advises companies – and governments – on practical measures to make this happen. David Miller was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010. Under his leadership, Toronto became widely admired internationally for its environmental leadership, economic strength and social integration. As Chair of the influential C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group from 2008 – 2010, David Miller was instrumental in demonstrating the practical and real change cities are already making and can continue to make as they fight climate change and create sustainable employment. He continues that work today with the World Bank, OECD, UNEP and other national and international organizations to strengthen the capacity of City governments worldwide to act. David is the Future of Cities Global Fellow at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly). He is a member of the David Suzuki Foundation Board, an Honorary Director of Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) and Chair of Cape Farewell North America. Most recently, David was appointed by the Canadian Counsel of Academies to Chair an Expert Panel on “The Potential for New and Innovative Uses of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) for Greening Canada.”

 


Location:103 Life Sciences Building
Sponsor:IRIS and the Undergraduate Political Science Council
Web Sitehttp://www.yorku.ca/grads
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