As the world tackles the challenge of adapting to climate change, communities are taking the lead in finding solutions.
Net Zero Cities is focused on systems thinking about a community-based approach to attaining net zero energy, carbon, water and waste. True progress takes cooperation among private businesses, government, utilities, policy makers, research institutions and individuals. Net Zero Cities brings these industries together to learn from one another and to develop actionable steps to advance net zero practices in communities throughout the world.
The event will bring together thought leaders from around the globe to share their systems thinking and processes in carbon reductions strategies. The event includes both presentations and working sessions. The working session will be a hands on across the table opportunity for professionals to share community and business strategies associated with the gradual transition from largely coal and oil based fuels to those of conservation, and alternative modalities.
The Energy Information Administration of the United States projects a 53% increase in energy demand between 2008 and 2035. Total world energy use rises from 505 Quadrillion BTU in 2008 to 770 Quadrillion BTU in 2035. Tackling the energy spectrum and developing alternatives to carbon based fuels requires a systems based approach. A transition will not occur overnight and likely will take many years, but we can start now.
Mark your calendar for the 2013 Net Zero Cities, October 23 & 24 in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.