The spring Sustainability Seminar Series continues on April 4 with the talk "Embedding Resilience and Sustainability Considerations at the City Level: Examples from Latin America" by Isabel Beltrán of 100 Resilient Cities.
According to the United Nations, 54 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas and Latin America is the most urbanized region in the world. As this trend continues the sustainable development and resilience challenges–and opportunities–will be concentrated in cities particularly in the lower and middle income countries where the pace of urbanization is fastest. There are several institutions focused on these issues Isabel will focus on the ongoing efforts in Latin America from 100 Resilient Cities–Rockefeller Foundation and the Inter-American Development Bank’s work on sustainable cities. She will explain the methodologies used, common challenges, success stories and will talk about specific examples from her work in Ecuador, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Puerto Rico.
Isabel Beltrán serves as an Associate Director for the Latin American team of 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) an Initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. 100RC is dedicated to helping cities around the world to become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are growing part of the 21st century. 100RC supports cities in the adoption and incorporation of a view of resilience that includes not just shocks -earthquakes, floods, fires, etc.- but also stresses that weaken the fabric of a city on a day to day or cyclical basis -unemployment, inefficient public transportation systems, water shortages, etc.
Beltrán joined 100RC after over 10 years of experience in international development. Prior to 100RC, she worked at the World Bank in Washington D.C. – in both the Research Group and the Bank's Development Impact Evaluation Initiative. She contributed to the design and implementation of impact evaluations in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. She also worked at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) where she developed extensive expertise in Latin America. As part of the IDB’s Young Professionals program Isabel spent one year in Peru working with the IDB's Country Director in the development of the Country Strategy. She also spent four years in the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative of the IDB in Washington D.C. working with local governments to develop multisector sustainable Action Plans, defining interventions, prioritization processes, and defining possible funding sources for projects that contributes to the city’s sustainability. Isabel has a Master’s in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and both a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Economics from the Catholic University in Ecuador.
For more information, please contact Dr. Dibs Sarkar at [email protected]
Attendance is free but seating is limited to 30 people. Please RSVP to Dr. Sarkar at [email protected]
For those who are unable to attend in person, the seminar will be live webcast via Stevens WebCampus and Blackboard Collaborate.