Talks & Lectures
28 Sep 2021
Virtual Event - Link Below

Hugo Neu Corporation Sustainability Seminar Series: Global Goals | Local Action: Cities and Regions Advancing the SDGs and Climate Action

Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering

photo of Kale Roberts


The world is undergoing a never-before-seen trend toward urbanization. For the first time, the majority of humanity lives in cities and within 30 years, more than two-thirds of the global population will be urban. Meanwhile, the climate emergency is a current, felt reality and the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled progress on sustainable development. Yet, hope remains: Cities, towns and regions are at the forefront of a move toward climate-neutrality and are innovating approaches to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Our September Seminar brings the role of cities and regions into focus for driving progress on development that is low-emissions, nature-based, people-centered, resilient and circular. Join us to learn how innovative models, such as the ICLEI Five Pathways for Sustainability, Voluntary Local Reviews of the SDGs, and the Cities Race to Zero are driving progress toward a livable future in the urban era.


Kale Roberts provides technical assistance to local governments throughout the United States on city-scale climate-neutrality planning, sustainability planning and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, biodiversity, and community-based climate adaptation. He is a former program support consultant with the United Nations Development Programme’s Climate Change Adaptation Team in the Bangkok Regional Hub and was renewable energy beat editor for Mother Earth News, North America's leading sustainable-living magazine. From 2010-2012, Kale served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. He received an M.S. in Climate Science and Policy as a Rachel Carson Scholar at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Humboldt State University.

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