Making contacts at COP-15

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It’s all about who you meet and what you might accomplish afterward.  In the space of one day, including a few hours standing in sub-freezing temperatures outside of the Bella Center, our NLC group made the best use of our time and circumstance.

Guillermo Tapia of the Latin American municipal association (FLACMA), and our friend from membership in United Cities and Local Government, was just 50 yards in front of us.  Despite the cold, he was optimistic about the local agenda at COP.

Over breakfast we talked with staff from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  They’re promoting a new book on cities that we will collect from their booth.

The environmental program director from Malmo, Sweden told us about the new green harbor development project in her city.  Malmo’s examples are featured at the EU exhibition booth.

Similar discussions have been conducted with Ed Miller, director of the environmental program at the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation, Jeff Nash from CH2M/Hill, Mayor Pat Hays from North Little Rock, Ark., Mayor Martin Chavez from Albequerque, N.M., and Sanoma County Supervisor Valerie Brown, the president of sister association the National Association of Counties.

Some are old friends, others are new ones.  All are promoting a sustainability agenda that has value at home and abroad.