The Urban Clean Energy Revolution

The international climate talks starting in Paris are a clear opportunity to avoid the most catastrophic consequences of climate change. For urban leaders, the talks represent an important moment to publicize the climate solutions they are already implementing--in building energy efficiency, renewable energy, and transportation--and to advocate for the funding and partnerships local governments need to achieve deep cuts in carbon emissions.

Over the past year, New Energy Cities researched the most cutting-edge international examples of urban leaders reducing carbon emissions and advancing clean energy. Our new report, The Urban Clean Energy Revolution, describes the state of play of low-carbon cities and offers a rich array of best practices worldwide. It is a detailed compendium of leading examples of urban climate solutions from around the globe.

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This report is part of The Road through Paris, a series leading up to the COP21 international climate talks in December. It is also the final installment of an eight-week blog series from New Energy Cities detailing the state of the low-carbon city movement.

Author Bio

Elizabeth Willmott

former New Energy Cities Program Manager, Climate Solutions

Elizabeth served Climate Solutions as program manager for the New Energy Cities program, working with cities to help them meet their carbon reduction goals through innovative programs and policies. She most recently authored The Urban Clean Energy Revolution, a detailed compendium of urban climate solutions worldwide (also published in segments as the Low-Carbon Cities blog series), and Breaking Down Barriers to Deep Energy Efficiency in King County, a briefing paper on how to overcome obstacles to deep home energy efficiency. She also co-authored Powering the New Energy Future from the Ground Up, a July 2012 report on small and medium-sized cities around the U.S. that are demonstrating leadership in local clean energy innovation.

Elizabeth knows and loves local government. As lead author of the World Bank’s 2011 climate change adaptation guide for cities in developing countries, co-author of King County’s 2007 adaptation guidebook with ICLEI and the University of Washington, climate change aide to former King County Executive Ron Sims, and project manager of the first King County Climate Plan in 2007, Elizabeth brings a deep and wide background in community climate planning to the New Energy Cities team.

The program’s focus on "carbon math" also bears Elizabeth’s signature. She first found religion in Excel spreadsheets as the Recovery Act performance and accountability lead for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, overseeing the results of $13.6 billion in grants to cities and communities around the U.S.  Today her data-driven approach is most obvious in New Energy Cities’ energy maps and carbon wedge graphics.

Outside of work Elizabeth leaves ample time for gardening, biking, and movie-watching with her husband Andy. She holds a double degree in biology and Chinese language from Williams College and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School.

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