Climate Resolve has hosted numerous conferences on climate change in California, bringing together thousands of policy-makers, climate scientists, and engaged Californians interested in helping us meet the climate challenge. Additionally, our Executive Director Jonathan Parfrey is a frequent panelist and speaker at conferences, workshops, and events.
At Climate Day LA, part of the The Path to Positive: Los Angeles campaign jointly organized by Climate Resolve with ecoAmerica, we gathered with more than 600 Angelenos from local government, faith, higher education, business, and health sectors to build awareness and support for climate solutions and draft a Los Angeles Declaration for Climate Action.
Climate Resolve served as the convener for this symposium hosted by the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The 2-day event featured climate scientists sharing cutting-edge research to address the impacts of climate change on the state and discussions of the state’s strategies and policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to develop programs to safeguard California from a changing climate.
The local environmental community established dozens of new pathways towards achieving our ambitious 2050 goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 400 people were in attendance to hear more than 30 speakers present their unique perspectives on California’s climate challenge.
Climate Resolve and the participants of the conference, including then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, identified a key takeaway from the conference: passing a law that required all new and refurbished homes to have a “cool roof.” On December 17th, 2013, Los Angeles became the first large city to pass such a law, which was unanimously approved by LA City Council thanks to the work of Climate Resolve. You can read more about the law on our blog.