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 14, 2020 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM EDT Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2065867308970078223 The challenge of climate resilience is mostly local. But local governments don’t have all of the capacities, including financial wherewithal, to cope alone during the next decades. States have the ability and responsibility to make a difference in building local climate resilience. They reap the rewards of improved quality of life, reduced disaster impacts and increased economic stability for their constituents. This webinar will discuss:

  • What financial strategies can state governments use to help local governments invest in climate resilience?
  • What resources do states have to fund and finance resilience?
  • How can states expand federal pre-disaster funding?
  • What can states do to enable local governments to raise local funds for resilience projects?
  • How can private investment in local resilience be increased?
  • In this interactive session, state and local leaders from around the country and resilience finance experts

Webinar supported by Climate Resilience Consulting, Innovation Network for Communities and Urban Resilience to Extremes Strategic Research Network. Research supported by the Summit Foundation.

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Thu, Oct 22, 2020 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM EDT

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The next webinar in the SSF series with ecological economist and futurist Hazel Henderson will address how the UN SDGs can and should replace GDP as the basis for valuing society leading to an economy based on planet protection and human wellbeing.

GDP accounts for all the public expenditures as “debt” while ignoring the value of the assets they created. If GDP were to be corrected by including the missing asset account, these debt-to-GDP ratios would be cut by up to 50% — with a few keystrokes! Learn why money isn’t what you think it is and why that matters to life on Earth in the next two webinar with Hazel and guests. Claudine Schneider is the October 22nd guest. She is a former Republican U.S. representative from Rhode Island. She was the first, and to date only, woman elected to Congress from Rhode Island. She is founder of Republicans for Integrity, which describes itself as a network of “Republican former Members of Congress who feel compelled to remind Republican voters about the fundamentals of our party and to provide the facts about incumbents’ voting records.”

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Thu, Oct 8, 2020 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM EDT

REGISTER at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9185257874558317072
The next two webinars in the SSF series with ecological economist and futurist Hazel Henderson will address how the UN SDGs can and should replace GDP as the basis for valuing society leading to an economy based on planet protection and human wellbeing.

GDP accounts for all the public expenditures as “debt” while ignoring the value of the assets they created. If GDP were to be corrected by including the missing asset account, these debt-to-GDP ratios would be cut by up to 50% — with a few keystrokes! Learn why money isn’t what you think it is and why that matters to life on Earth in the next two webinar with Hazel and guests. Vicki Robin coauthor with Joe Dominguez of the international best-seller, Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Achieving Financial Independence is the October 8th guest.

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Friday October 2, 2020  – 1:15 to 2:45 PM EDT
Secure and reliable access to energy and water on Army installations is essential to its ability to deploy, fight, and win in a complex world. The Army installation objectives of maintaining world class training facilities, the ability to project power or surge the industrial base, and command and control are not achievable without secure and resilient access to energy and water. However, with rare exception, installations rely on commercial utilities outside the gate for energy and water.
Today, there exist a number of energy security vulnerabilities, both natural and man-made, associated with interdependent electric power grids, natural gas pipelines, and water resources and systems, which often jeopardize installation security and mission capabilities. The same holds for campuses, industrial parks, and municipalities.
Join George Washington University’s Environmental and Energy Management Institute in a 90- minute exploration of installation level resilience challenges and solutions. with Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installation, Energy and the Environment) top officials and industry resilience experts.
The webinar is produced by the Security and Sustainability Forum and Zpryme.
Meet the Panel
Hon Alex Beehler Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment. Mr. Beehler is the primary advisor to the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army for all matters related to Army installation policy and oversight, and coordination of energy security and management. In addition, he is responsible for policy and oversight of sustainability and environmental initiatives and resource management.
Mr. J. E. “Jack” Surash is the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary (E&S) responsible for overall program direction, establishment of policies, development and refinement of strategies, and oversight for implementation of all programs and initiatives related to Energy Security and Sustainability within the Army..
Mr. Michael F. McGhee is the Executive Director of the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives and is responsible for large-scale renewable energy projects to bring energy security to Army installations leveraging private sector financing.
Jeffrey Marqusee – Moderator
Dr. Marqusee is a senior research advisor at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He has over 20 years of government technology and policy leadership. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of the DoD Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program
Industry panelists will be announced shortly.

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Sixty Minutes with Reinhardt Bütikofer of the German Alliance 90/The Greens

August 30, 2020

Friday, September 11 – 1:15 to 2:15 PM EDT Join George Washington University and the Security and Sustainability Forum for the third webinar in the Leadership in Our Time webinar series. Reinhard Bütikofer will be interviewed by diplomat András Simonyi. Mr. Bütikofer has been a Member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA) since 2009. He was Co-Chair […]

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WEBINAR – Right of Way: How Racial and Class Disparities Created a Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America

August 17, 2020

Thursday – September 24th, 2020 – 1:15 to 2:45 PM EDT REGISTER AT –https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7180303919421695502 In the last ten years, there has been a 50 percent increase in pedestrian deaths. In 2018 alone more than 6,000 people were killed while walking in America. Yet, despite the increase in deaths, the tragedy of traffic violence has barely […]

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Environmental Justice Communities: Best Practices to Deal With Natural Disasters

August 7, 2020

Tue, Sep 15, 2020 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM EDT Vulnerable, overburdened, and undeserved communities have been disproportionately impacted by natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, major floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and other disasters. And, now from COVID 19. The webinar will convene some of the leaders in developing best practices and time-sensitive solutions for these […]

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A New Deal for Planetary Health

August 3, 2020

Wed, Sep 9, 2020 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM EDT In spite of lingering global public health problems, human well-being has never been better. In the past 65 years through scientific advancement, for example, the proportion of the world’s people living in extreme poverty has dropped from 63% to 10% in spite of a tripling […]

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Reducing the Impacts of Extreme Heat: A Global Perspective

August 3, 2020

Thu, Aug 27, 2020 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT Extreme heat has wide-ranging impacts on health, occupations, energy use, and the economy. Current and future conditions of extreme heat affect the livelihoods of communities and people globally, yet the impacts are unevenly distributed and novel strategies are needed to push beyond one-size-fits-all approaches to […]

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What are you doing to commemorate Earth Overshoot Day?

July 13, 2020

This August 22nd is Earth Overshoot Day. For those unfamiliar with this day, it was established some years ago by the Global Footprint Network (GFN) as a way to visualize that we’re now living off about 1.75 Earths of resources each year. Of course, for many that’s hard to understand. If we’re living off the planet, […]

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