Week of 21 – 27th September 2020

Resetting our relationship with nature in a post-COVID world. Net zero for communities, the planet, and economies. Inequality, information failures and air pollution. Sustainability of food sharing. Responsible investing in a low-carbon environment. Global Renewable Energy Forum 2020. Enhancing human health with net zero buildings. Find out about these and more online events of the week!

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21 – 24 September
“Sustainable Development Impact Summit” (by World Economic ForumWEF)

Taking place in the context of the United Nations General Assembly, the World Economic Forum’s fourth and, for the first time, fully virtual Sustainable Development Impact Summit will convene leaders from government, business, international organizations and civil society along with a diverse group of experts and innovators to initiate, accelerate and scale-up entrepreneurial solutions to tackle climate change and advance sustainable development. You can watch the livestreamed sessions here.

21 – 27 September
“Climate Week New York City 2020” (by The Climate Group)

This is the biggest climate summit taking place this year. As the focus shifts to how we rebuild after COVID-19, Climate Week NYC 2020 will explore what lessons we can learn in the pursuit of a net-zero future through just transition.

21 September, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM CEST
“Air quality in Europe: a closer look at the impact of COVID19 lock-down and the related travel restrictions on NO2 and particles” (by EGVIA)

Join this online workshop to learn of the possible need to revise methods used to evaluate air quality in cities, the possible effect of the COVID-19 lockdown learnings on future air quality and new emission standards as well as the needs for the further research activities on this scientific topic. Register here.

21 September, 1:00 – 2:30 PM CEST
“World Green Building Week: Build Back Better” (by World Green Building Council)

Join a conversation with industry experts about how net zero buildings are essential to economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, and the opportunity they present to support economic growth, job creation, and a resilient built environment. Register here.

21 September, 2:00 – 4:30 PM CEST
“Setting up a one-stop-shop for integrated home energy renovations” (by Energy Cities)

INNOVATE project experts from local authorities and the private sector share their hands-on experience in setting up and running their one-stop-shop in 11 different places in Europe. They share practical insights and useful recommendations on how to deal with challenges.

21 September, 2:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“Clean Energy Transitions in North Africa” (by International Energy Agency – IEA)

This is a virtual regional symposium that will discuss how best to accelerate clean energy transitions in North Africa. The event will bring together energy leaders and other stakeholders to exchange views on best practices, success stories and lessons learned from across the region. It will also be an opportunity to reflect on the challenges of Covid-19 and its economic ramifications on North Africa’s energy sector. Additionally the meeting will explore how clean energy transitions can provide opportunities for a robust sustainable recovery in terms of economic growth, job creation, sustainable energy generation and energy security. Register here.

21 September, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“A climate service mapping flood hazard and risk assessment in urban areas” (by Oasis Hub)

This webinar will present a unique new tool to help you with damage assessment and the potential for adaptation planning. The SaferPlaces platform can help you assess flood hazards and risk including: pluvial (rain-related), fluvial (river) and coastal flooding in urban environments under current and future climates. The tool has also been designed with the possibility of testing climate adaptation measures against potential floods and importantly allows for the calculation of potential financial damages. Join the event to learn more about SaferPlaces – a climate service mapping flood hazard and risk assessment in urban areas as a means to build safer and resilient communities. Register here.

21 September, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“Equity and Justice in Carbon Removal” (by Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy)

In this webinar, experts will discuss equity and justice issues relating to carbon dioxide removal options. Speakers from Carbon 180, Climate Justice Alliance, Council on Energy, Environment, and Water. This webinar is part of a series exploring different aspects of carbon removal.

21 September, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST (10:00 AM EST)
“US Energy Infrastructure: Navigating Choices and Challenges” (by United States Association for Energy Economics and University of Texas at Austin, Energy Institute)

Experts will talk about an online interactive decision support tool, the Energy Futures Dashboard, developed as part of its Energy Infrastructure of the Future study. The goal of this webinar is to enhance the public dialog and policy formulation about energy infrastructure with quantitative, rigorous, and dispassionate analysis that identifies and quantifies the costs, benefits, and opportunities of different options. The dashboard enables users to change three subsets of goals for one of thirteen U.S. regions for the year 2050: the mix of major electricity generation sources, the percentage of light duty vehicles that are electric, and the percentage of households heated by natural gas or electricity (heat pumps). After submitting inputs, the dashboard performs calculations, and results are presented to the user in the form of numbers of power plants, electricity generation, land use, costs and spending on energy, and energy-related CO2 emissions. This webinar will introduce the dashboard and discuss key issues related to the future of energy infrastructure development in the US. Register here.

21 September, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“Transition to 100% renewable energy and a zero carbon society” (by INFORSE-Europe)

You will hear the following presentations: (1) Zero Carbon Britain and a “power down” strategy, how to reduce the carbon footprint to zero, and how progressive proposals are taken up throughout the UK, (2) phase out of fossil fuels and nuclea power in France, using energy efficiency and energy sufficiency actions, (3) Danish plans for fast phase out of fossil fuels, both official Danish plans aiming at over 100% renewable electricity and close to 100% renewable heat already in 2030, and plans by INFORSE-Europe and SustainableEnergy in Denmark of a complete transition to sustainable use of renewable energy. Register here.

21 September, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“Grid Interactive Efficient Buildings” (by Guidehouse, RMI, New York Power Authority and U.S. Department of Energy)

Join industry experts for an engaging live panel discussion as we look at the role Grid Interactive Efficient buildings are playing in this new era of uncertainty and the disruption tied to climate change events. We are seeing the importance of importance of Grid Interactive Efficient Buildings (GEBS) and how they help utilities ensure the balanced, flexible supply and demand of high levels of renewables and decarbonize the electricity system, resulting in resilient cities and communities. The panel will explore key topics and highlight best practices including the role of “smart buildings” as part of the critical infrastructure for managing disruption and the importance of buildings that can be responsive assets. The team will also share insight into emerging opportunities as the smart buildings market matures and evolves from smart building systems to networked building assets. Register here.

21 September, 9:30 – 10:30 PM CEST (3:30 PM EST)
“Grid resilience in the face of extreme weather events” (by Atlantic Council Global Energy Center)

What mitigation opportunities exist to ensure that the power stays on in the wake of an extreme weather event? What role could distributed energy, residential and community solar programs, and home storage play in building this resilience? What part will utilities, governments, and community leaders play in creating a robust electricity system that affords all citizens with reliable access to energy in the United States, from the Gulf Coast to the Gold Coast?

22 – 24 September
“SHARECITY 2020: Sustainability of food sharing” (by SHARECITY)

This online conference will celebrate and share the five years of urban food sharing research that has come together to create the SHARECITY Research Project. This project uses innovative social science and collaborative research methods to explore the practices and sustainability potential of food sharing within cities.

22 September, 1:00 – 1:50 AM CEST (21 September, 4:00 PM PDT)
“Energy Seminar” (by Stanford University’s Precourt Institute for Energy)

Buildings represent approximately 40% of American carbon emissions. As the climate crisis worsens, building owners are now thinking about their energy use in completely different ways as many race to achieve carbon neutral operations. This talk will go through the current cutting edge of energy efficiency in buildings, onsite renewables and storage, building electrification and offsite power procurement with the goal of charting the path to net zero emissions related to energy consumption. Register here.

22 September, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM CEST
“Responsible investing in a low return, low carbon environment” (by Climate Action)

This event is a part of Sustainable Investment Forum Europe 2020. Topics of this day’s discussions include: (i) European sustainable finance: the EU’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (ii) Going beyond Climate: managing environment risks (iii) Legal framework for impact: mainstreaming impact in investment. Register here.

22 September, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Green Recovery in Spain and Italy: Accelerating Home Renovation after COVID-19” (by EuroPACE)

As two of the worst-hit countries in Europe by the COVID-19 pandemic, helping communities recover and stimulating the economy is fundamental for a successful recovery in Italy and Spain. Looking to a forge a “green recovery” largely means enabling home renovation that is accessible to everyone. This webinar will discuss the current policy accelerating home renovation and the financing tools pushing it forward. Case studies will focus on the situation in Spain and the stimulus efforts in Italy, such as the eco-bonus scheme. Register here.

22 September, 3:00 – 4:30 PM CEST
“Rebuilding better: South Africa’s green and inclusive industrial policies” (by Green Growth Knowledge Platform)

How and to what extent does South Africa’s COVID-19 recovery strategy support green industry? How can green industrial policies support immediate and long-term recovery in South Africa and worldwide? In this webinar, speakers will discuss how green industry policy can stimulate low-carbon growth, boost competitiveness and create jobs, while helping to avert future crises. The event will also showcase UNEP’s Green Economy Policy Review methodology and present the findings from its analysis of South Africa’s industrial policy framework. These include the need for resilient transition planning and improved cross-governmental coordination.

22 September, 4:00 – 5:30 PM CEST
“Enhancing human health with net zero buildings” (by World Green Building Council)

Join a conversation with industry experts about the challenges and opportunities of advancing human health, wellbeing and sustainable development in addition to net zero ambitions, and the strategies to avoid compromising either. Register here.

22 September, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CEST (11:00 AM EST)
“The MIT Mobility Initiative” (by Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT)

The MIT Mobility Initiative (MMI) is designed to effect fundamental changes in the long-term trajectory of sustainable mobility development. It serves to coalesce all mobility and transportation activities at MIT, knitting together all efforts on research, education, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement at the Institute into a greater whole. This event is a part of webinar series highlighting just a few of the key research areas to be explored. Register here.

22 September, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CEST
“Shifting Paradigm for Net-Zero Construction” (by Center for Climate and Energy Solutions – C2ES)

The construction sector is not only one of the most reliable engines for economic recovery, in the current COVID-19 context. It is also a formidable vector to continue advancing towards net-zero construction, including through an accelerated uptake of low carbon materials and solutions. Reaching the Paris Agreement ambitions must remain a priority and the building and construction sector can effectively contribute to it. And this underlines a prerequisite: our ability to define what forms net-zero construction and how we measure the carbon footprint across the lifecycle of construction projects. A thought provoking panel discussion on the tools, market requirements and policies that will help drive a green agenda. Register here.

22 September, 6:00 – 7:00 PM CEST
“Resetting our relationship with nature in a post-COVID world” (by University of Oxford)

Speakers will discuss how wider economic shocks have affected the wildlife trade, particularly in Africa, and how to fulfil the bold targets for nature recovery (in the UK and globally). This includes calls to ban the wildlife trade, highlighting the relationship between conservation and public health, and what became of the “2020 biodiversity super-year”.

23 September, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“How can an App boost your lifestyle towards energy-efficiency?” (by InBetween)

After three years since InBetween project started, the Project Consortium succeeded in developing a set of smart solutions for buildings which allow to induce energy efficient lifestyles by simultaneously assisting users to identify energy wastes, learn how they can conserve energy and motivate them to act. InBetween Digital Platform and Mobile App identify energy wastes, teach how to conserve energy and motivate people to act: join the webinar to learn more about all project results. Register here to find out more.

23 September, 1:00 – 8:00 PM CEST
“Sustainable Development Goals Business Forum” (by UN Global Compact, UN DESA and International Chamber of Commerce)

The SDG Business Forum coincides with the start of the UN’s Decade of Action to deliver the SDGs. This Forum will showcase companies that are using their influence to lead the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and examine a new form of leadership that has emerged during this crisis. You will learn how the private sector — in partnership with Governments and civil society leaders — is leveraging the framework of the SDGs to respond to immediate threats in their communities. Register here.

23 September, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CEST
“Green Capital” (by European Green Capital Network)

This webinar will provide tips and advice from previous finalists and winners of the prestigious European Green Capital Award to help your city submit a solid application and make the most of the process to generate long-term benefits. It will guide cities through the necessary steps to becoming the next European Green Capital, from the decision to apply to the work of collecting the necessary data, writing different sections of the application and preparing for the presentation to the jury all the way to your Green Capital year and the legacy that comes afterwards. Learn about the benefits not just of being a European Green Capital but also of being an applicant or a finalist. See for yourself that it is worth the ride. Register here.

23 September, 2:00 – 3:30 PM CEST
“Net Zero for Communities, the Planet, and Economies” (by World Green Building Council)

Join a conversation with industry experts about how net zero buildings are critical for climate action: to create thriving and resilient communities, protection of the planet’s resources, and represent a solid investment for a net zero economy. Register here.

23 September, 2:30 – 3:30 PM CEST
“Forest Data and Transparency: ‘Zoom in’ on the Experience of the Democratic Republic of the Congo” (by FAO)

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as in many other African countries, the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation is a major national strategic priority. Previously, the country has had limited technical capacity to produce and utilize data necessary for monitoring forest cover and changes. Since then, Congo has established a national forest monitoring system (NFMS) to promote sustainable forest management practices and to take informed policy decisions on reducing forest loss. The webinar will highlight the country’s experience in establishing NFMS, and explore the various ways it has been upscaled and widely used, as a basis for satellite land monitoring systems, in other countries in the region and globally. Register here.

23 September, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Inequality, information failures and air pollution” (by European Institute on Economics and the Environment, Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research – ZEW and Centre for Energy Policy and Economics at ETH Zurich – CEPE)

Research spanning several disciplines has repeatedly documented disproportionate pollution exposure among the poor and communities of color. Among the various proposed causes of this pattern, those that have received the most attention are income inequality, discrimination, and firm costs (of inputs and regulatory compliance). In this webinar, speakers will discuss relationship between hidden information and three different distributional measures: exposure to pollution; exposure to hidden pollution; and welfare loss due to hidden pollution. Register here.

23 September, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“How green is the COVID-19 recovery?” (by Climate Action Tracker)

During the webinar, Climate Action Tracker will present its analysis of the COVID-19 recovery packages of five major emitters – China, EU27, India, South Korea and the USA – and its latest global temperature update, which includes the economic impact of COVID-19. The CAT team will also explore the do’s and don’ts for a green economic recovery with concrete examples for each sector of the economy.

23 September, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Business action in and beyond supply chains: How public-private collaboration is driving landscape and jurisdictional impacts” (by WWF, Good Growth Partnership, UNDP, ISEAL, Proforest, CGF and TFA)

This conversation will explore the rationale for private sector collaboration with governments in commodity producing countries through landscape and jurisdictional initiatives to reduce commodity-driven deforestation and strengthen sustainable agricultural commodity production.

23 September, 3:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“The long and short of it: Interlinkages between Nationally Determined Contributions and mid-century decarbonization strategies” (by Climate Analytics)

This year, in accordance with the Paris Agreement, countries large and small will share new or updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to address climate change. At the same time, countries are developing their Long-term Strategies (LTS) to effect a transition to a low-carbon, resilient economy. These two processes are fundamentally intertwined. Many choices made over the next ten years will have implications for the next thirty or more. At the same time, capacities developed to achieve the near-term targets can unlock further opportunities in the long-term. This event will explore synergies between long-term strategies, NDC development and implementation planning, as well as explore the role of climate finance in the implementation of long-term strategies. Register here.

23 September, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“Energy efficiency in the time of Covid-19: Recommendations for urgent action on energy efficiency. Focus on Latin America” (by International Energy Agency – IEA)

This webinar aims to deepen the understanding of opportunities, challenges and solutions to deliver the benefits of energy efficiency across Latin America. It is a critical contribution to the ongoing dialogue on how to convert vision into action. The webinar will begin with a presentation of the Ten Recommendations, followed by presentations from Argentina, the city of Bogotá, and the perspective of Grupo Energía Bogotá across the region. Register here.

23 September, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST (10:00 AM EST)
“Energy Transition in China: Technology, Policy, and Society” (by International Association for Energy Economics – IAEE)

In this webinar, experts will discuss the efforts that China has made in its transition towards a green economy. With a focus on the energy market for green technologies that is of particular importance in the green transition, this webinar presents factors that drive energy transition from both the supply and demand side, and explores the challenges, opportunities, and prospects of energy transition in China. Speakers will show how renewables and storage technologies and decreasing costs affect the energy market from the supply side, and how the project of Distributed Photovoltaic Poverty Alleviation and nationwide energy-saving week campaign drive the transition from the demand side. Discuss will also be around the development of China’s national emission trading scheme and its implications on green transition. Register here.

23 September, 5:00 – 8:00 PM CEST
“Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment – Americas and the Caribbean” (by UNFCCC)

Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) denotes work under Article 12 of the Paris Agreement (2015). The objective of the Dialogue is to provide a forum for Parties and other non-Party stakeholders to advance the discussions on recommendations and views on future work to enhance implementation of ACE. Virtual regional dialogues aim at providing background to and sharing knowledge among Parties and non-Party stakeholders of each region, bringing all onto the same page regarding the current status of ACE implementation. Register here.

23 September, 6:00 – 7:15 PM CEST (12:00 PM EST)
“Growing Green Industry and Innovation: Mass Timber” (by Environmental and Energy Study Institute – EESI)

The United States can lower domestic and global greenhouse gas emissions by supporting innovation and expanding low-carbon industries. Mass timber provides a prime opportunity to diversify the American economy and lower emissions while providing steady, family-sustaining employment for a skilled workforce. Panelists will discuss the environmental and workforce benefits of mass timber, from manufacturing to construction.

24 – 25 September
“Nature for Life Hub: SDGs, Business and Finance” (by UNDP)

The Nature for Life Hub will offer a virtual venue for multiple events as part of the four-day program. Hub organizers will work with champions, mobilizers, leaders and speakers who inspire and engage global audiences. These events will provide new content that will be broadcast live on social media and through the official virtual platform, as well as available online after the Hub. Over the four days, the Hub will take audiences on various thematic journeys, delving deep into specialist topics, practical solutions and ambitious actions. The virtual Hub will be an opportunity to hear from political and corporate leaders, the world’s youth, indigenous and community leaders, local authorities and cutting-edge thinkers, leaders and practitioners. Each day will culminate in key messages to be fed into UN biodiversity-related discussions. No registration required, watch live broadcast of the online sessions here.

24 September, 9:00 – 10:30 AM CEST
“Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront” (by World Green Building Council)

Join a conversation with industry experts about why a whole life carbon approach is essential to achieving sector decarbonisation, and the actions needed by stakeholders across the value chain. Includes the launch of the Embodied Carbon Primer for Asia Pacific. Register here.

24 September, 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM CEST
“Nature-Based Solutions: Unlocking Urban Potential” (by NATURVATION Project)

This virtual conference will draw on four years of research and practice undertaken through the NATURVATION project to explore how the urban potential of nature-based solutions can be unlocked. Join for live panel discussions, interactive “Meet the Experts” sessions and explore “hives of information” where you can gather knowledge on nature and cities and how urban nature-based solutions can deliver both local and global sustainability.

24 September, 2:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“Global Renewable Energy Forum 2020” (by Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Bonn Office, IRENA and UNFCCC)

Despite an urgent need for reduction, global greenhouse gas emissions continued to rise in the pre-coronavirus period demonstrating that more ambition is required to achieve the 1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement. For that goal to remain in reach, the 2020s need be a critical decade for climate action. Renewable energy plays a key role for that matter. While it has become a mainstream energy and outpaced fossil fuels seven years in a row, its deployment must speed up drastically to meet climate targets. Likewise, green hydrogen is gaining more importance as the missing link of the renewable energy transition. Against this backdrop, the Forum focuses on potentials to accelerate renewable energy expansion and on the key role of green hydrogen as an option for decarbonizing high-emitting industries. Register here.

24 September, 2:30 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Driving the Green Deal: How can biofuels help decarbonise EU transport?” (by Euractiv)

At this virtual conference speakers will discuss the role of biofuels in the transport industry, in order to attain a carbon-neutral future and explore all solutions required to achieve the targets and ambitions of the Green Deal. Questions will include: Is the Green Deal enough to lead to reduce transport emissions? If Member States cannot reach the Renewable Energy 2020 targets, how realistic are the goals for 2050? How serious are the risks linked to Indirect Land Use Change? Is the EU doing enough to ensure sustainable biofuels? To what extent will COVID-19 impact the EU’s Renewable Energy Goals?

24 September, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST (9:00 AM EST)
“Success or Crisis in 2030? The Fight to Halve Food Loss and Waste” (by World Resources Institute – WRI)

Join Champions 12.3 for a candid look at food loss and waste around the world, from farms to business supply chains to household kitchens. This event will shine a light on reasons for hope, even as the pandemic reveals deep problems in the food system, and lay out an urgent call for bigger and bolder action. Register here.

24 September, 4:30 – 6:00 PM CEST
“UN Convention on Biological Diversity at a Crossroads?” (by Heinrich Böll Foundation)

2021 will be a key year for the protection of biodiversity. The 15th Conference of the Parties to the CBD aims to create a new framework for the United Nations’ international biodiversity policy. In view of Covid-19, the pressure to act is even greater, as the increasing destruction of nature is increasing the risk of pandemics. The wildlife trade, illegal deforestation, extraction of raw materials, industrial agriculture and, above all, animal rearing are all in need of a thorough review. But what can the international community contribute in this regard? How can we assess progress toward the CBD objectives? What are the lines of conflict and hurdles on the way to COP 15? And what are the demands of civil society? We are launching our “Contested Nature” online conference series with a statement of where we stand and an outlook, with a particular highlight on those aspects that are usually neglected in the nature conservation debate. Register here.

24 September, 7:15 – 8:30 PM CEST (1:15 PM EST)
“Driving Sustainability Solutions: A Conversation with Women Leading the Climate Response” (by Center for Climate and Energy Solutions – C2ES)

The private sector has a key role to play in advancing sustainable development globally. Many companies are looking to go beyond their charitable giving and corporate social responsibility initiatives, and leverage their core business to achieve climate and sustainability goals within the broader ESG framework. Join this panel discussion exploring the approaches that successful sustainability leaders take to integrate climate solutions into business strategy and overcome barriers to their sustainability plans.

25 September, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“The role of product bundling to electrify post-COVID-19 urban transport” (by University of St.Gallen)

To promote electric mobility in Swiss cities, innovative strategies are necessary. Product bundling has been shown to be an effective marketing strategy to reduce complexity and motivate pro-environmental behavior in other sectors, such as food and energy. How successful can bundling be to accelerate adoption of electric mobility and thus help make urban transport systems more sustainable in the new post-COVID-19-normal? This is the main question to be answered in the workshop. After a brief introduction of the concept and the impact of COVID-19 on urban transport, two initiatives employing bundling to promote electric mobility in Switzerland will be introduced. Register here.

25 September, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CEST
“What is the ambition for biodiversity COP15 in South Asia and Southeast Asia?” (by IDDRI and Embassy of Canada in France)

South and Southeast Asian countries are very rich in biodiversity and face many challenges, particularly in terms of conservation of tropical forests. While the Covid-19 crisis has slowed down international discussions to prepare for biodiversity COP15, which will now be held in 2021 in China, and also questions global supply chains that play a key role for a number of export economies in the region, it is now essential to pursue opportunities for dialogue with the countries of the region, in particular to better identify their ambition and expectations of COP15. This webinar will bring together representatives and / or experts from the region.

25 September, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CEST
“High Level Workshop on Job Creation through Energy Efficiency” (by International Energy Agency – IEA)

The Covid-19 pandemic and the associated economic impacts have had significant ramifications on job markets worldwide. Governments around the world are now implementing actions to support job creation and economic recovery. The IEA’s Sustainable Recovery Plan demonstrates that these imperatives can be well aligned with clean energy transition goals, and that energy efficiency is a central element. Policymakers seeking to understand how to create linkages between energy efficiency actions and job creation can benefit from learning from experts and peers that have addressed the same questions. Join this virtual workshop to explore how to measure, track, and make visible the job impacts of energy efficiency, and how those connections can support stronger actions.

25 September, 2:00 – 3:30 PM CEST
“Net zero buildings restoring the health of the planet” (by World Green Building Council)

Join a conversation with industry experts to explore how strategies for net zero buildings must embrace regenerative design, biophilia, and nature based solutions to give back to the planet more than they consume.

25 September, 7:00 – 8:30 PM CEST (1:00 PM EST)
“Achieving an Equitable Future: The National Economic Transition Platform for Coal Communities” (by Environmental and Energy Study Institute – EESI)

Many coal communities in the US, from Appalachia to Navajo Nation, have faced decades of economic decline, the loss of jobs, and inequality and poverty—all exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. The people and places that powered our country for generations deserve better. This briefing will amplify the untold stories of the communities that once relied on the coal economy, telling how leaders, organizations, and everyday people in these places are creating and deploying solutions that work. Watch live broadcast of the event here.