At 10:30 a.m., you can watch a policy briefing at the White House here, featuring Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett; Oakland Mayor Jean Quan; Providence Mayor Angel Tavera; Angela Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, and our own Seattle Mayor Michael “Mike” McGinn.
They’ll be holed up in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building talking about the greening of American cities. After the briefing there’s a panel on “Scaling Up the Energy Efficiency Industry: Stimulus and Beyond,” which lasts until 2 p.m. PST.
Ten U. S. cities are part of this launch of the Emerald Cities Collaborative–Seattle, along with Portland, Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Atlanta, New York, Cleveland, and Providence, RI. Soon we’ll be knee-deep in collaboration on city-based strategies for gains in carbon reduction and energy efficiency, in addition to the cultivation of “high-quality and equitable job opportunities and involvement of low-income communities of color.”