Values, Democracy and Solutions for a Changing Planet

by Arturo Herrera on December 10, 2018

Ed Saltzberg, Executive Director of the Security and Sustainability Forum in a one-hour conversation with Citizen Climate Lobby’s Executive Director, Mark Reynolds. CCL is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.

SSF and CCL are aligned in our view of the importance of local action and bipartisan political activism to move governmental bodies toward rational climate mitigation policy and the incorporation of resilience planning into decision making.

Mark Reynolds Executive Director — Citizen’s Climate Lobby 

During his tenure, CCL has been marked by exceptionally rapid growth, with the organization doubling or tripling in size every year. Mark is an expert on helping disparate interests find common ground on energy, public policy, and the environment.

Edward Saltzberg
Managing Director — Security and Sustainability Forum
Ed is a founder of SSF, which convenes global experts to address impacts to society from natural and man made disruptions. Ed has been a senior officer in energy and environmental firms and a sustainability consultant to government agencies.

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Wed, Oct 16, 2019 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM EDT


Currently, community risks consider only a few parameters such as extreme weather, employment rates and business outlooks. The current practice is a singular standard ESG score for a country or region, ignoring significant sub-national spatial differences or differential importance of ESG factors in estimating the risk profile. The result are general assessments that lack the precision of more granular/investment-grade analyses.

But, the world of big data opens up the opportunity to consider other factors and in real time that indicate equally important threats to community wellbeing. Poverty rates, education levels, food insecurity, English fluency, greenspace, medical. However, ESG factors span a wide spectrum of issues that traditionally are not part of common financial analysis despite the risks posed to an organization’s sustainability. A significant obstacle to the widespread adoption of ESG has been a lack of data and the necessary tools to integrate disparate (incomplete) data from multiple sources. The current practice is a singular standard ESG score for a country or region, ignoring significant sub-national spatial differences or differential importance of ESG factors in estimating the risk profile. The result are general assessments that lack the precision of more granular/investment-grade analyses.

Join SSF and Chatmine Technologies in a demonstration of the Chatmine application, RiskMetrix4ESG, which transforms current up-to-date geospatial data from emerging multiple remote sensing, census, other structured and unstructured data sources into quantitative ESG risk metrics and maps at sub-national (state or metro) scale. Chatmine can generate much more accurate ESG measures and a sounder basis for risk-based decisions and investments. In this webinar, we review the RiskMetrix4ESG methodology and present several case studies using the application. We are joined by officials from Breckinridge Capital Advisors, which is using the tool to evaluate the risks in their municipal bond port.



Wed, Oct 23, 2019 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM EDT Register at –

Providing your street address, city and zip code in the registration is optional. But the first 100 that do provide their complete address will get a free copy of “Vacant to Vibrant” mailed to them.

Vacant lots, so often seen as neighborhood blight, have the potential to be a key element of community revitalization. As manufacturing cities reinvent themselves after decades of lost jobs and population, abundant vacant land resources and interest in green infrastructure are expanding opportunities for community and environmental resilience. Vacant to Vibrant explains how inexpensive green infrastructure projects can reduce stormwater runoff and pollution, and provide neighborhood amenities, especially in areas with little or no access to existing green space.

Sandra Albro offers practical insights through her experience leading the five-year Vacant to Vibrant project, which piloted the creation of green infrastructure networks in Gary, Indiana; Cleveland, Ohio; and Buffalo, New York. Vacant to Vibrant provides a point of comparison among the three cities as they adapt old systems to new, green technology. An overview of the larger economic and social dynamics in play throughout the Rust Belt region establishes context for the promise of green infrastructure.

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September 25, 2019 – 1:15 to 2:15 PM EDT
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Julian Bentley is a professor in George Washington University’s Environmental & Energy Management Institute teaching the popular online professional education short course “On the Road to Mass Market Electric Vehicles“.

Julian has been an energy consultant to federal agencies, utilities and industry for over 20 years. Since 2007, Julian has supported the Federal Fleet Program, assisting Federal agencies in developing and implementing comprehensive strategies to improve fleet efficiency, maximize alternative fuel use, improve fleet fuel management, reduce petroleum consumption, and meet regulatory requirements. He is a leading authority on electric vehicles, including their deployment and related charging infrastructure for fleets.

Julian is updating the GWU electric vehicle course material and in this 60 minute webinar he will review some of the latest advances in electric vehicle policy, charging station deployment, incentives and models reaching the market. Registration is open for Julian’s late Fall online class and webinar participants receive an SSF discount.



Webinar – How Cities Are Paying for Climate Resilience

by Arturo Herrera on September 3, 2019

October 10, 2019  1:15 – 2:45 PM (EDT)

Vanguard municipalities are finding replicable ways to pay for climate resilience investments.

Cities that have begun implementing climate resilience projects have used distinct strategies to to obtain public and private financial resources that pay for large-scale climate-resilience. These strategies amount to an initial approach—”Playbook 1.0″—for deciding who will pay what and how city governments will generate the needed revenue.

Join city leaders, authors of the recent report “How Cities Are Paying for Climate Resilience: Playbook 1.0,” and professionals supporting resilience in hundreds of cities around the globe to explore the strategies that reflect the leading-edge of urban climate-resilience financing practices discuss what they foreshadow for other cities and the continuing evolution of the urban leadership for climate-resilience finance.

Generously Sponsored by The Summit Foundation

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Webinar – Towards a 20 GT Negative CO2 Emissions Industry

August 26, 2019

September 19, 2019  1:15 to 2:45 PM EDT It is imperative to capture 20 GT of carbon from the air in the next 20 years, and that will require contributions from all sectors including agriculture, industrial processes and direct air capture. What is the scorecard in each sector and how does each trajectory look? What are […]

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On the Road to Mass Market Electric Vehicles

August 13, 2019

Online Professional Education Course Self-Paced with Three Webinars with the Instructor October 15, 2019 – November 11, 2019 Complete by December 15, 2019 Earn a Professional Education Certificate from George Washington University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. A GWU collaboration with the Security and Sustainability Forum REGISTER AT -> Who Should Take the Course?     […]

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Webinar – Sixty Minutes with Hazel Henderson on Science Based Investing

August 8, 2019

Join SSF in a sixty minute webinar with Hazel Henderson, world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, worldwide syndicated columnist, and leader in sustainable development. We will discuss science-based investing, which is the focus of the 2019/20 addition of her Green Transition Scorecard Report. Check out Hazel’s latest TV episode, articles and posts on Ethical Markets. Sixty […]

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Webinar – Killer Heat in the United States: The Future of Dangerously Hot Days

August 6, 2019

    Killer Heat in the United States_ Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo. Download the PDF Slides here The United States is facing a potentially staggering expansion of dangerous heat over the coming decades. This Union of Concerned Scientist analysis, Killer Heat in the United […]

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Webinar : Power to the People with Minigrids: Innovative Technologies and Investment Strategies that are Bringing Solar Energy to Rural Communities

August 2, 2019

Power to the People With Minigrids – Bringing Solar Power to Rural Communities from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo. Download the slides here Today 1.06 billion people, or 20% of the World population, live without access to electricity (IEA and World Bank, 2017), mostly living in rural Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. They rely […]

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WEBINAR – Corporate Energy Strategies to Thrive in a Decarbonized World

July 15, 2019

Thu, Aug 22, 2019 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM EDT   Download the slides here.  Please join SSF, and the Environmental and Energy Institute at George Washington University in a discussion with energy futurist, author, keynote speaker, entrepreneur and educator, Jimmy Jia, Jimmy is the author of “The Book of Energy Leadership Frameworks” and “Driven […]

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