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What’s Possible E.4: MIT CoLab Director Dayna Cunningham

What’s Possible E.4: MIT CoLab Director Dayna Cunningham

August 6, 2019

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What's Possible: With Jonathan Lash
Episode 4: Dayna Cunningham

In this episode of What’s Possible, Jonathan speaks with MIT CoLab Executive Director Dayna Cunningham. They discuss how the CoLab works with communities to co-create solutions driven by community insight and innovation, and supported by MIT’s technical expertise.

This type of partnership reflects recognition of “hopeful contradictions” in the underserved communities they work with – tackling issues and challenges from a place of community strength and wealth and challenging the notion of starting from a place of assumed deficit.

This results in leadership from a framework of care and stewardship rather than exploitation and extraction.

An example of this Dayna and Jonathan discuss is the Green New Deal, which aims to tie climate, justice, and prosperity together. This approach envisions climate stewardship as a driver of prosperity, and recognizes the need to center frontline and vulnerable communities in the new paradigm.

What's Possible With Jonathan Lash is an exploration of the work that people are doing all over the world to tackle climate change that Lash and ISC will release every other month, it is produced in partnership with ISC.

What’s Possible E3: Author Jonathan F. P. Rose

What’s Possible E3: Author Jonathan F. P. Rose

July 1, 2019

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What's Possible: With Jonathan Lash
Episode 3: Jonathan F. P. Rose

As the world rapidly urbanizes, answering the question, "what makes a successful city" is essential to making livable, equitable, and healthy places which do not harm the environment.

Jonathan F. P. Rose has spent much of his life seeking to answer that very question. He shared insights gleaned from research, travel, and his own experience building green affordable and mixed income housing in the 2017 work The Well-Tempered City.

In this episode of What's Possible, Rose shares:

  • The elements of a well-tempered city.
  • The story of a city's evolution from the most dangerous in the world, to one of the most sustainable.
  • What it'll take for cities to become sustainable, empathic places. 

What's Possible With Jonathan Lash is an exploration of the work that people are doing all over the world to tackle climate change that Lash and ISC will release every other month, it is produced in partnership with ISC.

What’s Possible E.2: Fmr. EPA Head and Harvard C-CHANGE Director Gina McCarthy

What’s Possible E.2: Fmr. EPA Head and Harvard C-CHANGE Director Gina McCarthy

April 9, 2019

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What's Possible: With Jonathan Lash
Episode 2: Gina McCarthy

In this lively episode of What's Possible, ISC's Board Chair Jonathan Lash sits down with former EPA Administrator and Director of Harvard's Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE)

In 20 minutes, they cover:

  • The direct link between climate, health, and equity, and why all must be addressed simultaneously. 
  • The critical shift in the climate movement to a community-need based approach, which ISC pioneered.
  • The rise of renewable energy – why it is here to stay. 
  • And more!  

What's Possible: With Jonathan Lash is an exploration of the work that people are doing all over the world to tackle climate change that Lash and ISC will release every other month, it is produced in partnership with ISC.

What’s Possible E.1: World Bank CEO & Interim President Kristalina Georgieva

What’s Possible E.1: World Bank CEO & Interim President Kristalina Georgieva

February 5, 2019

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Episode 1: Kristalina Georgieva

Just weeks before Kristalina Georgieva was named interim President of the World Bank. ISC's Board Chair and former World Resources Institute President Jonathan Lash sat down to interview her for the first episode of his new podcast What's Possible (produced in partnership with ISC).

What's Possible is an exploration of the work that people are doing all over the world to tackle climate change that Lash and ISC will release every other month.

Throughout her career, Georgieva has focused on designing and financing sustainability, resilience, and humanitarian efforts throughout the world. She also served on the ISC board of directors from 2001 to 2005. In this episode of What's Possible, She shared some locally-led promising projects and initiatives being funded by the World Bank with the goal of mitigating emissions and adapting to a changing climate.

Deep Dive: Advancing Community Resilience Partnership

Deep Dive: Advancing Community Resilience Partnership

December 11, 2018

report coverIn early 2016, ISC began a multi-stakeholder process to develop a report on community resilience in the Maricopa County region of Arizona. 

The report, supported by and developed in conjunction with The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, was the foundational document that prompted the two organizations to create the Advancing Community Resilience Partnership, which aims to inspire, align and accelerate a shared vision for the people of Maricopa County to further build a strong community shaped and shared by all.

In this episode we speak to two key staff to the partnership, Emily Mead and Karina French about what they've learned during implementation. 

Two Perspectives: Global Climate Action Summit

Two Perspectives: Global Climate Action Summit

October 24, 2018
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ISC's George Hamilton, Brent Habig and Steve Nicholas attended the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco September 12-14, 2018.

The Summit was an invite-only event where governments, businesses, activists, and nonprofits could gather, recommit to the COP21 agreement, and find new approaches to reach its commitments – particularly after the U.S. national government has announced it would back out of the agreement.

We sat down with Steve and Brent to learn more about the Summit. What happened, and what was meaningful there. You can also read George Hamilton's blog about the summit here: https://sustain.org/climate-tour/

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COP21 Panel at the Capitol

COP21 Panel at the Capitol

March 18, 2016
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The international climate agreement in Paris celebrated the progress states, cities, and the private sector have made in advancing climate solutions. This panel will explore the opportunities and challenges facing cities and the private sector in addressing climate change. How does the international agreement help or hurt progress toward a climate solution? What can cities and the private sector do without federal action? What federal policies will be most helpful? What policy principles are transferable to China, India and other countries? 

Panelists:
  • Ann Condon, Director, Resource & Environmental Strategies at GE and ISC Board Member
  • Jonathan Pershing, Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis at the U.S. Department of Energy
  • Anthony Williams, Executive Director of the Federal City Council; former Mayor of Washington, DC
Moderator: Greg Nickels, former Mayor of Seattle, Washington, and ISC Board Member

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