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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April 2, 2020 1:15 to 2:15 PM EDT


Hazel Henderson and Fritjof Capra just published a new article providing the insights of two futurists and global sustainable leaders on where the world can be heading after the COVID 19 pandemic.
The article is inspiring and hopeful, and presented as a compelling look-back from 2050. Read the article Pandemics: Lessons Looking Back From 2050.
We also recorded the article, which you can listen to here.
Hazel is the founder of Ethical Markets and a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, a worldwide syndicated columnist, consultant on sustainable development, and author. Fritjof is physicist and a founding director of the Berkeley-based Center for Ecoliteracy, which is dedicated to advancing ecology and systems thinking in primary and secondary education.
Join Hazel and SSF Executive Director Edward Saltzberg in a 60 minutes discussion of a pathway to a more sustainable world.


Thu, Feb 27, 2020 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM EST

Join me, Jimmy Jia and Joseph Fiksel from the George Washington University’s Environmental and Energy Management Institute in a sixty-minute discussion about turning random acts of responsible corporate action into a coherent program to reduce energy usage, improve corporate operations, meet social responsibility goals and apply systems thinking to embrace change and thrive in a turbulent world.

Jimmy Jia’s new book, “The Corporate Energy Strategist’s Handbook“, is hot off the Macmillan press. Jimmy works with boards, executives, and policy makers to quantify energy risks, innovations and opportunities for improved capital deployment of energy and infrastructure assets.

Joseph Fiksel is the author of the seminal resilience text, “Resilient by Design“, published by Island Press, and the one of the original enterprise sustainability and resilience thought leaders. He co-founded the Center for Resilience at The Ohio State University, and later took the role of Executive Director of the Sustainable and Resilient Economy program, forerunner of the university-wide Sustainability Institute at OSU.

Jimmy and Joseph use a systems approach to corporate resilience that you will find enlightening and instructive to move your organization along the road to a decarbonized and sustainable future.

Both are instructors in new George Washington University resilience short courses that I will briefly discuss in the webinar. However, I am bringing them together for the first time to provide their insights for surviving and thriving in today’s turbulent business environment. I will lead a substantive discussion with them and leave a lot of time for audience questions.

Turning Random Acts of Greenness into Corporate Systems Thinking from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.


March 23 to April 6th, self-paced 
Complete by June 6th to qualify for the GWU certificate

Online self-study and live webinars with the instructor.


Students that take this professional course will be introduced to the concept and practice of enterprise resilience—defined as the capacity for organizations to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of turbulent change. Natural and biological systems have evolved a variety of resilience mechanisms that can serve as models for society. The course is designed for educators, government and corporate decision makers, advisors and consultants. The course material is organized into three self-study modules of recorded lectures. Each module is followed by a 90-minute webinar with instructor, Dr. Joseph Fiksel, for student questions. Plan to watch all the recordings in each module to prepare for the weekly webinars. Students who want a certificate of completion in the material must successfully complete an online pass/fail test.

Course Dates: March 15 to April 6, 2020 (Students have until June 15 to complete the self-paced course)

March 23, 30 and April 6, 2020 1:15 to 2:45 PM EDT

The registration deadline is March 20, 2020.

Price: $350.00


60 minutes with Joseph Fiksel – Enterprise Resilience_ Embracing Change in a Turbulent World from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.


Webinar – Energy Justice and Solving Climate by 2030

by Arturo Herrera on December 23, 2019

We live today in an uneven world, defined significantly by energy injustice. Moving from here to the Paris climate goals will require a ten-year, global transition towards clean energy. How can we create a just energy system in the transition?

Join the  Security and Sustainability Forum and Bard College in a sixty-minute session about how innovative city and state policy will be critical to ensure justice in the economic transformation needed to solve the energy side of climate change by 2030. Panelists are entrepreneur and energy democracy leader Michael Dorsey and Eban Goodstein, Director of the Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College.

Michael will explore how both energy and income inequality could be impacted, positively and negatively, as renewable energy infrastructure scales. He will focus on how we can rewire the world with clean energy to help alleviate injustice.

Eban will discuss a new Bard-led program, Solve Climate by 2030. The program is supporting a nationwide series of campus and community Power Dialogs to engage 100,000 students in critical conversations about power as in “clean energy”, but also about power as in “engaged civic action”.


Energy Justice and Solving Climate by 2030 from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.

The webinar is for educators, students, local leaders, state policy officials and citizens

Meet the Panelists

Michael Dorsey is a leading solar energy developer whose work focuses on energy justice. In 1997, in Glasgow, Scotland, Dorsey was bestowed Rotary International’s highest honor, ​The Paul Harris Medal for Distinguished Service to Humanity. Dr. Dorsey is a “Full member” of the Club of Rome and in 2013 the National Journal​ named him one of 200 US “energy and environment expert insiders”.

Eban Goodstein, Director of the Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College, is the author of Economics and the Environment now in its eighth edition; Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming; and The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment.
His research has been featured in The New York Times, Scientific American, Time, Chemical and Engineering News, The Economist, USA Today, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.


Webinar – 60 minutes with Joseph Fiksel – Enterprise Resilience: Embracing Change in a Turbulent World

December 21, 2019

60 minutes with Joseph Fiksel – Enterprise Resilience_ Embracing Change in a Turbulent World from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo. DOWNLOAD SLIDES HERE The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) “Global Risks Report” identifies and analyzes a broad range of risk factors that may impact global economic development, ranging from climate change to technological failures to […]

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Webinar – How do Policy Makers Access and Use Evidence to Address Complex Problems?

October 18, 2019

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 – 12:30 to 2:00 PM EST How Do Policymakers Access and Use Data to Address Complex Problems from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo. Click here for the slides Science is foundational to life and the planet as we know it. Policymakers understand this, as do scientists. However, the boundary-spanning between […]

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Webinar – Sacred Rivers Carbon Project: Rivers as the nexus to reverse climate change at scale and advance social justice

October 17, 2019

Thursday, November 7, 2019 – 1:15 to 2:15 PM EDT Click here to download the slides  The Sacred Rivers Carbon Project utilizes Hivemind’s cutting edge mycelium technology, to create carbon banks within critical watersheds throughout Southeast Asia. These sites can help reverse catastrophic climate change and also prevent habitat and biodiversity loss, clean up air […]

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Rise 2019 Conference – The Role of Universities in Local Community Resilience

September 30, 2019

Rise 2019 Conference – The Role of Universities in Local Community Resilience November 18-20, 2019  New York State University at Albany  Albany, New York Rise 2019 will deliver three-days of technical workshops to explore how institutions of higher learning can collaborate to strengthen local preparedness, response and recovery efforts in the face of threats posed by […]

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Farming Methods That Thrive in a Decarbonized World

September 30, 2019

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 – 1:15 to 2:45 PM EDT DOWNLOAD THE SLIDES HERE Farming Methods That Thrive in a Decarbonized World from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo. Technology is transforming nearly every aspect of our modern lives, and farming is no exception. The produce on your table tonight will have gotten there faster, fresher […]

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21st Century Geopolitics of Energy” One Day GWU On-Campus and Live Streamed Course

September 26, 2019

November 18, 2019  – 8:30 am to 4:00 PM EST — Receive a GWU Professional Education Certificate REGISTER AT  Evaluating, forecasting, and positioning for financial and diplomatic opportunities, conflicts, and environmental implications in the 21st Century requires an understanding of the current geopolitics of energy and the risks, vulnerabilities and possibilities posed by shifts […]

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