Woodrow W. Clark II, co-author of the new book Smart Green Cities, will discuss what global cities are doing, and must do, to be more sustainable at a Roosevelt University lecture on Monday, Sept. 26.
“Cities are the most important accomplishment of the human race,” he says in the book. “Today, over two-thirds of the world’s population lives in cities. If humanity is going to stop global warming and environmental disaster, it has to be done in cities.”
A 1970 Roosevelt University alumnus and qualitative economist, Clark is the University’s 2016 Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt lecturer. His talk, free and open to the public, will be at 12:30 p.m. in Roosevelt’s Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago.
Using examples from around the world, including Europe, the United States, China and the Middle East, Clark will describe the best green energy systems for cities today. He has examined infrastructure requirements, including energy, water, waste and transportation systems that play key roles in making cities more sustainable. Clark believes that smart green cities are both practical and visionary, taking a global perspective on the emerging importance that cities play when integrating “green” (environmental) and “smart” (technology) in mitigating climate change.
Clark is a consultant on global and local solutions to climate change. His core advocacy is in the economics for smart green communities. During the 1990s, he was manager of Strategic Planning for Technology Transfer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory with the University of California and the U.S. Department of Energy. While at Livermore, he served as one of the contributing scientists and experts for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. His current work generates responses to climate change from governments and businesses, using public policy, science and technology, economics and finance methods.
In 2004 he founded, and now manages, Clark Strategic Partners, a global environmental and renewable energy consulting firm. Clark has published 11 books and over 70 peer-reviewed articles, which reflect his concern for global sustainable communities. He earned three separate master degrees from different universities in Illinois, including a M.A. from Roosevelt in 1970. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
For additional information about Clark’s address, “The Green Industrial Revolution Is Here Today as Smart Green Cities," at Roosevelt University’s 23rd Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Lecture, contact Professor Margaret Rung at firstname.lastname@example.org.