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KC GOLDEN
Cities on the move: the Road Through Paris
December 3, 2015

Cities (or "sub-nationals," in international climate negotiations-speak) are at the vanguard of where real climate solutions are being implemented around the world. That will remain true in the years ahead, no matter how ambitious an agreement emerges from the COP21 climate talks in Paris this month--local and state governments will be shouldering much of the load of creative carbon emissions reduction, of energy efficiency improvements, and of access to renewable energy.

On the eve of the Paris climate talks, Climate Solutions hosted a telebriefing featuring four experts on cities' responses to the climate crisis. KC Golden is Climate Solutions' Senior Policy Advisor, and is representing us in Paris; Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Brett Phillips (of Unico and the 2030 District Network) described why city leaders' perspectives are so important to national and international policy debates (see Hales' remarks below), Finally, New Energy Cities Project Manager Elizabeth Willmott shared a summary and useful data from her new report, The Urban Clean Energy Revolution Watch and listen below!

 

 

 

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As Digital Communications Manager, Jonathan uses online tools to extend the reach of Climate Solutions programs, and to expand the community of people and organizations working together for clean energy and sustainable climate policies. He serves as managing editor of climatesolutions.org, and oversees our email list communications and social media.

Before joining Climate Solutions in 2014, Jonathan served as Executive Director of the communications rights organization Reclaim the Media, where he played a catalytic role in fueling the growth of a national movement focused on media justice and democratizing media and communications policy. He also spent more than eight years providing communications strategy, digital communications and design to statewide labor organizations including SEIU and WFSE/AFSCME, writing op-eds by day and designing giant puppets by night.

A past board member of the Washington News Council and of Seattle Improvised Music, he is also a veteran of the Independent Media Center movement, and has worked in community radio since 1986; for 19 years he produced the weekly creative music program Flotation Device on KBCS. His articles on media and communications issues have appeared in numerous northwest and national publications. Jonathan holds a masters degree in Theological Studies from Harvard University.