Contributing to Net Zero: A Conversation with Burlington and Heidelberg
15:00-16:00 CEST/09:00-10:00 EDT
Two leading climate policy cities, Burlington and Heidelberg, discuss successes and challenges of innovating for net zero on the local level with a focus on their strategies for community engagement and what role the public/demand side policies need to play in the net zero transition. This event will have closed captioning.
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Director of Sustainability and Workforce Vitality
City of Burlington
Jennifer is the Director of Sustainability and Workforce Vitality, with an office in the Burlington Electric Department, the city’s municipal electric entity and the first in the United States to source 100% of its electricity from renewables. Jennifer’s work involves efforts to transition Burlington to net zero energy in the thermal and transportation sectors and in this capacity, supports, designs and implements projects, including work across city offices, and with stakeholders throughout Burlington, and beyond. Jennifer joined the BED team after several years in the City’s Community and Economic Development Office, were she oversaw the City’s sustainability plan and the Climate Action Plan.
Prior to life in Vermont, Jennifer worked with CARE International and the World Resources Institute including stints living and working in West and Central Africa. Jennifer was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon, has a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University and a PhD in Environmental Sociology from American University.
Energy and Climate Change Official
City of Heidelberg
Since 2012, Christine has been the Climate Protection Manager in the Office for Environmental Protection, Trade Inspection, and Energy of the City of Heidelberg. Christine's main areas of work include environmental protection, climate protection and energy, networking, public and international relations,
supervision of the International Climate Protection Network C40 - Climate Leadership Group, sustainable
development, education for sustainable development, urban development, transport planning, and citizen participation and involvement.
Before joining the Heidelberg Office for Environmental Protection, Trade Inspection, and Energy, Christine held the position of Research Assistant in the Department of the Mayor of the City of Heidelberg, where responsibilities included speech management, promotion of civic engagement and corporate social responsibility, and local, regional, and international networking.
Co-Lead of the TCB Program Office
U.S. Embassy Berlin