Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sign in Create Account

Emerald Cities: How Are Cities Advancing the Shift to a Green Economy?

This talk was given on December 1, 2009 as part of the MITEI Seminar Series. - Abstract - How can cities best position themselves in the green economy? What is the role of manufacturing in urban areas? How can a city best choose an economic development strategy given its size and unique economic history? How should federal policy support policy innovation among cities? Joan Fitzgerald shows how in the absence of a comprehensive national policy, cities like Chicago, New York, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle have taken the lead in addressing the interrelated environmental problems of global warming, pollution, energy dependence, and social justice. Cities are major sources of pollution but because of their population density, reliance on public transportation, and other factors, Fitzgerald argues that they are uniquely suited to promote and benefit from green economic development. - About the Speaker - Joan Fitzgerald is the Director of the Law, Policy and Society Program at Northeastern University. Previously, Fitzgerald taught urban policy and public affairs at the New School University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Ohio State University. She specializes in urban economic development, urban sustainability planning, workforce development, and green economic development . The Emerald Cities project builds on her co-authored 2002 economic development book, Economic Revitalization: Strategies and Cases for City and Suburb, which examines how traditional economic development strategies can be used to promote more sustainable and equitable development. It also integrates questions raised in her second book, Moving Up in the New Economy (2006), which focuses on strategies for helping low-wage workers advance into better paying positions through skills upgrading. MITEI thanks CERA for its generous support of the Seminar Series.

Comments (0)

It looks like no one has posted a comment yet. You can be the first!

You need to log in, in order to post comments. If you don’t have an account yet, sign up now!

MIT Energy Initiative

MIT Energy Initiative

Category: Environment/Energy | Updated 6 months ago

Created
December 08, 2009 19:29
Category
Tags
License
All Rights Reserved (What is this?)
Additional Files


Viewed
19717 times

More from MIT Energy Initiative

Arun Majumdar: Using Science to Innovate in Efficient Energy Utilization

Arun Majumdar: Using Science to Inn...

Added 6 years ago | 01:08:53 | 10510 views

The Future of Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel - Michael Gallagher

The Future of Natural Gas as a Tran...

Added almost 3 years ago | 01:12:41 | 3618 views

Severin Borenstein: Meeting US Energy and Climate Challenges with Rational Policy

Severin Borenstein: Meeting US Ener...

Added 6 years ago | 01:25:09 | 23669 views

MITEI ExxonMobil Interview

MITEI ExxonMobil Interview

Added 8 months ago | 00:05:39 | 748 views

Sustainable Tim

Sustainable Tim

Added over 6 years ago | 00:02:21 | 21497 views

C3E 2012: Taking Risks and Driving Ideas

C3E 2012: Taking Risks and Driving ...

Added over 2 years ago | 00:41:23 | 2676 views