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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Thu, Aug 22, 2019 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM EDT


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 by Demand: How Energy Gets its Power“. In this webinar Jimmy discusses with me the role of a new corporate position he calls the Corporate Energy Strategist and energy strategy tools to enable attendees to better understand the rapidly converging nexus of energy, carbon and finance. Attendees will be exposed to approaches to diagnose their organization’s opportunities to thrive in a low carbon emission economy.

Jimmy teaches energy strategy courses at the Presidio Graduate School and is developing a Professional Development certificate course for George Washington University. 


You can watch the recording by clicking the picture and download the slides here.

Please join SSF, and our co-hosts the Environmental and Energy Institute at George Washington University and the American Renewable Energy Institutein a 60-minute discussion of the renewable energy landscape and the rate of renewable deployment and advancement . The discussion will be moderated by SSF Executive Director Edward  Saltzberg. He will be talking with:

Chip Comins is the CEO of the American Renewable Energy Institute. (AREI) runs an impactful annual conference (AREDAY) on advancing the low carbon agenda. The topic this year is “Politics of Change: Creating the New Hydrogen-Carbon Economy“. The conference is from August 15 to 17 in Aspen. Check out the conference agenda.

Stratos Tavoulareas is an Energy Advisor with the International Finance Corp, part of the World Bank Group. Stratos has close to 40 yrs experience in the energy sector working around the world. He has experience in most power generation technologies, but spending most of his time in recent years on renewables and the transformation of the power sector to accommodate new technologies. Stratos is also a Visiting Scholar with George Washington University’s Environmental and Energy Management Institute developing a new professional development course on Renewable Energy project Financing.

Why Talk about Hydrogen?
Because it will be difficult to meet climate goals with electrification alone without the advantages brought by hydrogen.


On the Road to Mass Market Electric Vehicles

by Arturo Herrera on June 28, 2019 SSF is partnering with George Washington University to bring energy and environmental professional development courses online. This is the second time we have produced the electric vehicle course.

  • Course Summary Students will learn about the types of electric vehicles, the market and factors driving market growth, barriers to growth and how the market may overcome potential barriers, EV charging structures and charging station deployment. The course is designed for educators, consultants, government and corporate decision makers and analysts.
  • Timeframe: July 1, 2019 to August 5, 2019
  • Self-Paced Videos Plus Live Webinars: Twenty-three 30-minute videos organized into three modules plus three interactive weekly webinars to answer student questions.
  • Schedule: Webinars on July 15, 22, 29 from 1:15 to 2:45 PM ET and recorded for later viewing. George Washington University
  • Course Certificate: Issued to students completing a pass-fail final exam.
  • Registration Deadline: July 15, 2019
What’s the value of the course?Students receive a George Washington University course certificateCreate an EV knowledge foundationDevelop a framework for understanding the EV market and industry playersUnderstand primary factors affecting the growth of the EV market and how the market may overcome potential barriersLearn more by reviewing the course description
Students from Major Organization Praise Julian’s Course
Manager – Electric Services, Lincoln Electric Systems, Marc Skolnick,“As a utility energy services professional who is relatively new to electric vehicle and charging infrastructure, I have learned more in three weeks about current and projected trends and technology that I could possibly find anywhere else. Julian provides a very realistic, fact-based approach and is a true subject matter expert.”
Insurance Industry, Charles Skinner,“Julian Bentley is a very credible expert on electric vehicles, EV infrastructure and the unfolding market dynamics of this exciting growth industry. The course provides a comprehensive overview of the key elements, where things are today and where they are likely going.”
Sate of Colorado, Phil von Hake,“Julian has a very-broad and very-deep knowledge of the Electric Vehicle space. I plan to go back through all the videos and reading materials when I can, as there’s a wealth of info in there. Thanks again to Julian, Edward, and GWU!”
US Department of Energy, Andrew Newens”The course gave me better knowledge to perform a technical, business and policy analysis for Electric Vehicle adoption.”The World Bank, Sandrine Boukerche“The sound technical knowledge and experience of the lecturer guided me through the components, technology, factors, drivers and forecasts of the EV market.”
Environmental Protection Agency, Peter Banwell“During the course I gained a comprehensive overview of the EV market. The presentations were very informative and used unique data sources.”Verizon, Colia Best“The lecturer did an excellent job: I now fully understand costing and the pros & cons of developing EV charging stations.”


Climate Action Planning

by Arturo Herrera on June 26, 2019

August 7, 2019 1:15 to 2:45 PM EDT

Climate Action Planning is designed to help planners, municipal staff and officials, citizens and others working at local levels to develop and implement plans to mitigate a community’s greenhouse gas emissions and increase the resilience of communities against climate change impacts. This fully revised and expanded edition goes well beyond climate action plans to examine the mix of policy and planning instruments available to every community. Boswell, Greve, and Seale also look at process and communication: How does a community bring diverse voices to the table? What do recent examples and research tell us about successful communication strategies?

Climate Action Planning is the most comprehensive book on the state of the art, science, and practice of local climate action planning. It should be a first stop for any local government interested in addressing climate change. Published by Island Press.

Meet the Panelists

Chad Laurent is a Principal at the Cadmus Group and specializes in renewable energy law and policy, sustainable business strategies, and renewable energy project development. Chad works with corporate, university, nonprofit, and municipal clients to develop 100 percent renewable, net-zero, renewable energy supply, and procurement strategies. He has provided legal and policy consultation on national renewable energy programs from Azerbaijan to Vietnam.
Tammy L. Seale is Sustainability and Climate Change Services Manager at PMC, a municipal services consulting firm based in California. She has provided planning services to public agencies in California and Florida for fifteen years and has led preparation of numerous climate action plans, greenhouse gas emissions inventories, and sustainability programs.  
Adrienne I. Greve is Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She led studio courses that assisted California communities in preparing climate action plans and continues to develop curricula for integrating climate action planning throughout the planning program.
Sabine O’Hara

Sabine O’Hara is Dean and Director of Landgrant Programs for the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). She is responsible for academic, research and community outreach programs in the tradition of land-grant universities. Sabine is leading UDC’s efforts for building a cutting edge model for urban agriculture that improves the quality of life and economic opportunity for urban populations.


Meet Rudy the AI-Enabled Companion for the Elder Community

June 3, 2019 Going Green Without Going Into the RedAn SSF Series – RUDY, the solution to ageing in place for seniors As part of the Security and Sustainability Forum’s Going Green Without Going into the Red webinar series we highlight new and emerging technologies. Join us in a one hour feature of INF Robotics and its […]

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WEBINAR : 1st Century Global Politics of Energy Webinar Risks, Vulnerabilities and Opportunities

May 29, 2019

Webinar Previews the George Washington University’s Geopolitics of Energy Course Designed for mid-level professionals, the webinar previews a new one-day onsite class exploring the little understood but compelling world of what may be the most powerful force that operates around the globe, now and for the foreseeable future: Energy and Geopolitics. International energy markets are […]

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The Faith and Climate Webinar Series – Webinar 2: The Ten Green Commandments of Laudato Si’

May 6, 2019

Download the briefing slides here. The Ten Green Commandments of Laudato Si’ from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo. The second webinar in the Faith and Climate Webinar Series will be a discussion with Fr. Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam, SDB, author of The Ten Green Commandments of Laudato Si’, Pope Frances’s second encyclical, “On Care for […]

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Faith and Climate Webinar Series – Juliana vs the United States (The Youth Climate Suit)

May 6, 2019

June 4, 2019 – 1:15 to 2:45 PM EDT The Climate Commitments Project: Committing to a Low Carbon WorldConnect. Commit. Change. Download the slides here Juliana vs US – The Youth Climate Suit from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo. Download the slides here Also, join the conversation with the Parliament of the World’s Religions. The […]

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Smart Sewers for Smart Cities: How Data-Mining Sewage Can Radically Improve Public Health

April 24, 2019

May 22, 2019 – 1:15 to 2:45 PM EDT Smart Sewers for Smart Cities_ How Data-Mining Sewage Can Improve Public Health from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo. Link to the slides here Learn about an innovative technology that can identify trends at any scale: across an entire city down to a specific site, and […]

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The Future of Foods: Great Tasting, Healthy Foods for a Low Carbon World

April 8, 2019

click here for the webinar notes  What is for dinner in the new carbon economy? The food industry is among the three largest emitters of greenhouse gases. Clearly the food system must transform operations to reduce its carbon footprint and help avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Sustainable growth requires a transformation in food […]

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