San Francisco - Dec 5th Urban Sustainability Happy Hour

On the first Thursday of each month, come have a casual drink with others working on innovations in urban sustainability and connected technology. We always have a fun group of 25-40 people connecting and discussing new initiatives, businesses and ideas.

This is the first month we'll have urban sustainability meetups in multiple cities! If you have colleague or friends in New York City, encourage them to attend our simultaneous NYC meetup - details here: http://www.meetup.com/Urban-Sustainability-Happy-Hour-Meetup/events/145125252/

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  • Christina O.

    Resilience has indeed become a rallying concept for many cities. On that note, congrats to San Francisco (and Berkeley, Oakland & Alameda) for recently making the Rockefeller Foundation's "Resilient Cities" challenge: http://100resilientcities.rockefellerfoundation.org/blog/entry/33-resilient-cities-announced

    Interestingly, I know quite a few people who really dislike the current focus on resilience as they see it being too reactionary. At the Compostmodern-Resilience conference in SF last spring, resilience was described as the "ability to take a punch in the face". One of the speakers (John Thackara) responded "why does this guy want to punch us in the first place?" and added that focusing overly much on responsiveness could mean overlooking some of the reasons behind the punch, especially reasons within our control. Whatever term is used (antifragility?), adaptation is critical in the urban context.

    Good thing I don't have enough space to start in on the word "sustainability"!...

    December 4, 2013

    • Cal B.

      I agree Christina that people immediately think we will be spending billions on building concrete sea walls, which has been proven to create other problems. We believe that Resilience preparation can be done in a way to improve our lives today while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and, in many cases, utilize nature-based solutions that can increase biodiversity making the world better, not at all like taking a punch. This is the challenge.

      1 · December 5, 2013

    • Dave H.

      I'm still stuck on the word "city"!

      December 6, 2013

  • Jawad T.

    It was good, fun conversations and a bunch of interesting people to meet.

    December 6, 2013

  • Dave H.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight at Churchill. We'll be to the left as you enter - look for Jessie Feller or myself.

    December 5, 2013

  • Cal B.

    Fouad, yes, in particular local governments increasingly understand resiliency as a focal point for bringing together climate action and disaster preparedness and response. Examples of overlap are many, e.g. microgrids supported by solar with energy storage are great for reducing Carbon emissions AND if placed strategically around emergency support services such as health centers, fire stations, emergency shelters, senior housing, then you are better prepared to respond to any emergency that involves a power outage. Everything from community gardens to public transit, stormwater management, wetlands restoration, can all support both Climate Action and Preparedness missions. San Francisco has taken this on and expect to see more coming from the Mayor and the departments including the SFPUC, Enviroment, Emergency Management, Planning, etc. Sustainable neighborhoods are resilient neighborhoods and provide local jobs, environmental justice, and a healthier safer life for everyone.

    1 · December 3, 2013

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