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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