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June Updates from the Ecological Institute US

Tuesday, May 30, 2017  
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This update comes to you from St. Barthelemy where the island population is exploring a more sustainable way of living. We will have a series of workshops in the capital Gustavia tomorrow, May 31, and on June 1. I am very grateful to have been invited here along Liette Vasser from Brock University by Catherine Jadot from Elemental Solutions Caribbean in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society. My discussion here will focus on the water-food-energy nexus, discussing the idea of a hybrid wind-hydro project based on the El Hierro model, tradeable fishing quotas based on the Icelandic model and also a greenhouse solar project based on the Sundrop concept.

Reminder: You can still apply to be part of the interdisciplinary 2017 Arctic Summer College. Please submit your online application by June 9 at We are very glad to have secured support by the WWF Arctic Program and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung to send the best participants to the 2017 Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik this coming October 13-15.

From June 6-8, Brendan O'Donnell will represent the POCACITO project in Marseille during the EUCANET meeting there. EUCANET is the European Agencies Network for citizenship, inclusion, involvement and empowerment of communities through the urban transformation process. Brendan will present three examples of citizen participation: the good, the bad and the ugly.

On June 7, I will be at a meeting in New York with Jane Patton and Dianna Cohen from the Plastics Pollution Coalition to build up momentum to eliminate plastic waste in our oceans, in the fringes of the UN Oceans Conference.

On June 9, I will speak on Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow: Lessons in Urban Sustainability at the invitation of the American Friends of Bucerius and the American Council on Germany as part of the 2017 Transatlantic Global Agenda Series.

If you plan to join us, don't forget to register for the "Post-Carbon Finance: Fostering Low-Carbon Investment" on June 15, 2017 in New York City, starting at 6:30pm. The event is co-hosted by Ecologic Institute and the Consulate General of Germany in New York. This conference is made possible by the generous support of the Climate Fund of the Federal Republic of Germany. Our speakers of the evening are:

  • Natasha Lamb, Managing Partner, Director of Equity Research & Shareholder Engagement, Arjuna Capital
  • Daniel Dahm, Executive Director, United Sustainability Group
  • Armin Sandhoevel, CIO Infrastructure Equity, Allianz Global Investors
  • Kevin Schaefers, Co-Founder and Member of the Steering Board, FERI Cognitive Finance Institute
  • Michael Schneider, Co-CEO, Co-Founder, econnoa
  • Jerome Tagger, Chief Revenue Officer, ImpactAlpha
  • Adam Wolfensohn, Co-Managing Partner, Encourage Capital

The event is moderated by Tom Weirich, Director of Marketing & Business Development, CohnReznick Capital Markets Securities.
Secure your seat now:

The next morning, June 16, we are pleased to continue the discussion with Daniel Dahm at the German House for a breakfast meeting hosted by the American Friends of Bucerius: Energy Finance: Fostering Low-Carbon Investments.

The following week, on June 21 and 22, our ELEEP network will host its conference in DC: Tipping Points - Climate Change and the Global Energy Transition. I can already confirm former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz as keynote speaker as well as Erika Karp from Cornerstone Capital. Please email Max Gruenig if you want to reserve tickets for this major transatlantic climate and energy conference.


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