Archived News Release: February 16, 2023 - This month, the Ann Arbor Citizen's Climate Lobby (CCL) will take over the February Sustainability Forum. This event is one of a series extending from January through May that will engage the attendees in meaningful conversation about the environmental concerns and solutions of today.
February 22nd CCL will host “Housing and Transportation: What's the Climate Connection?," to discuss how the organization envisions sustainable community development across Ann Arbor. Guest Speakers Jan Culbertson, Reid Ewing, Chris Laurent, and Jonathan Levine, will present their own work in understanding this connection. Panelists will then open the floor for a comprehensive Q&A. Anyone with questions about how transportation and housing choices impact carbon emissions, affordability, and livability in Ann Arbor are greatly encouraged to attend.
"This is a really important local topic," emphasized Ginny Rogers, a volunteer with CCL. “We have both an affordable housing crisis and a climate crisis, so as our city considers new development and transportation changes, we need a really good understanding of how our decisions impact our community's greenhouse gas emissions. We are excited to hear from these experts to help guide our decision making."
The CCL is a “nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization empowering people to experience breakthroughs exercising their personal and political power." Promoting the broad scale adoption of a national carbon fee, CCL works to engage and educate the public on the elements of our society that could improve with the implementation of this policy. Regardless of membership, CCL values the input of the Ann Arbor community to progress the work of their chapter, and hopes that discussing the connection across housing, transportation, and climate change will involve a broad spectrum of the local population.
Audiences of all ages and professional or educational backgrounds are welcomed to join the panelists in the Ann Arbor District Library's 4th floor meeting room. To accommodate those unable to attend in-person, a Zoom link will also be sent to those that register beforehand.
Furthermore, masks are strongly recommended for those attending in person, so we can protect one another while protecting our environment. This is due to Washtenaw County's current 'moderate' COVID-19 status.
The following Sustainability forums will focus on home electrification, and the expansion of renewable energy, as well as various funding and informational resources available for those taking action to reduce their carbon footprint. The final event of the year will be an open forum to discuss community priorities and needs to continue tackling climate change at a local level.
Register to attend this event, and the other forums to follow virtually or in-person at: a2gov.org/sustainability/events
A live stream of the event will also be available through our partner the Ann Arbor District Library's event page.
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