Climate, Cities and Behavior Symposium

Cities are increasingly on the front lines in the fight against climate change. More than 600 American cities, towns and counties have signed the ICLEI pledge to reduce their climate impacts. However, in the current economic climate, urban sustainability directors, city planners and directors of operations are being asked to meet aggressive climate targets without the financial or the institutional resources needed to develop and implement climate change policies.
The Garrison Institute’s Climate Cities and Behavior Symposium focuses on affordable, quickly implementable climate solutions based on behavioral shifts.  For example, when low-cost GPS transponders are placed on buses so that residents can easily track the arrival time of a bus with an iPhone app, bus ridership increases. Since such measures cost little, spread rapidly and result in persistent benefits when properly designed, we are seeing a rising interest in behavior change strategies. 
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The Climate, Cities and Behavior Symposium  brings together mayors, city planning directors, urban sustainability directors, city commissioners, directors of economic development programs and others, to explore and share best practices that generate city-level behavior-based climate solutions.The second Climate, Cities and Behavior symposium was held at the Institute in March 2013.

icon The Human Dimensions of Resilient and Sustainable Cities: 2013 Climate, Cities and Behavior Synthesis Report


Climate, Mind and Behavior Events

Climate, Mind and Behavior Leadership


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Climate, Mind and Behavior Leadership Council:

Dina Biscotti, UC Davis
Uwe Brandes, Urban Land Institute
Marilyn Cornelius, Stanford University
Jeff Domanski, Princeton University
Becky Ford, University of Otago, New Zealand
Ruth Greenspan-Bell, Woodrow Wilson Intl Center for Scholars
Lauren Kubiak, Natural Resources Defense Council
Skip Laitner, ACEEE
Nils Moe, Urban Sustainability Directors Network
Phil Payne, Gingko Residential
Roger Platt, USGBC
Jonathan Rose, Garrison Institute Board Member
Kurt Roth, Fraunhofer Institute
Jonathan Rowson, RSA
Rachael Shwom, Rutgers University
Jennifer Tabanico, Action Research
Jason Twill, Lend Lease (Australia)

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