COP27: GCC to host side event on subnational leadership with The Climate Registry and US Green Building Council

November 9, 2022

Event: Achieving measurable climate benefits through innovative infrastructure investments in North America

Date:  10 November, 2022

Time: 11:30 AM to 1 PM Local Time (4:30 - 6 AM Eastern U.S. Time)

Location: Osiris Room, Area B, Side Event Room 6 

Virtual Attendance: Not attending COP27 in person? The event will be livestreamed on YouTube and recorded for future viewing. 

Subnational governments play important roles in allocating funding and implementing policies that encourage greenhouse gas reduction and improve the quality of life for people and communities. In the United States, subnational leaders are at the forefront of designing and implementing innovative policies, partnerships, and solutions that deliver on climate change mitigation, resilience, and equity.

During COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, Georgetown Climate Center, The Climate Registry, and U.S. Green Building Council will present an official side event featuring conversations with senior government officials representing U.S. states and local jurisdictions

The event will begin with keynote remarks from Governor Eric Holcomb of Indiana, followed by two panels of state and local leaders. Speakers will provide insights into programs aimed at modernizing infrastructure and describe how greenhouse gas reduction benefits can be credibly and transparently measured, reported, and verified to demonstrate progress toward net-zero emissions objectives. They will also explore the environmental, social, and economic benefits of these actions; discuss how they have overcome challenges to achieve measurable progress; and highlight specific activities that benefit underserved communities. Featured projects will include investments allowing for equitable access to clean drinking water, energy supplies, housing, and low-carbon transportation options.

Panelists:

  • David Fraser Hidalgo, State Delegate, Maryland
  • Leah Laramee, Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation Coordinator, Hawaii
  • Bradley Chambers, Secretary of Commerce, State of Indiana 
  • Sam Liccardo, Mayor, San Jose, California
  • Errick Simmons, Mayor, Greenville, Mississippi
  • Pam O’Connor, Regional Planning Commissioner, Los Angeles County, California and former Mayor, City of Santa Monica, California

Moderators:

  • Amy Holm, The Climate Registry
  • Kate Zyla, Georgetown Climate Center
  • Liz Beardsley, U.S. Green Building Council

Will you be at the 27th United Nations Conference of Parties in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt? Email climate@georgetown.edu to connect with GCC's Executive Director Kate Zyla and Adaptation Program Director Mark Rupp who will be in attendance.