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Session synopsis: How can business leaders contribute to the fight against climate change? Author and former Toronto Mayor, David Miller, will join us for a one-hour livestream to discuss his new book Solved: How the World’s Great Cities Are Fixing the Climate Crisis (University of Toronto Press, September 2020). David will showcase and explore some examples of sustainable initiatives from the world’s leading cities that are proven to reduce greenhouse emissions and are easily transferable to local business. The Rotman School’s Interim Dean, Kenneth Corts, will join David to discuss what this means for business leaders, and how businesses can be part of the solution. By recognizing that we all need to do our part and by working together we can reduce our carbon footprint and put ourselves on a path to a more sustainable planet.
Book Synopsis: If our planet is going to survive the climate crisis, we need to act rapidly.
Taking cues from progressive cities around the world, including Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Oslo, Shenzhen, and Sydney, this book is a summons to every city to make small but significant changes that can drastically reduce our carbon footprint. We cannot wait for national governments to agree on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and manage the average temperature rise to within 1.5 degrees. In Solved, David Miller argues that cities are taking action on climate change because they can – and because they must. Miller makes a clear-eyed and compelling case that, if replicated at pace and scale, the actions of leading global cities point the way to creating a more sustainable planet.
Solved: How the World’s Great Cities Are Fixing the Climate Crisis demonstrates that the initiatives cities have taken to control the climate crisis can make a real difference in reducing global emissions if implemented worldwide. By chronicling the stories of how cities have taken action to meet and exceed emissions targets laid out in the Paris Agreement, Miller empowers readers to fix the climate crisis. As much a "how to" guide for policymakers as a work for concerned citizens, Solved aims to inspire hope through its clear and factual analysis of what can be done – now, today – to mitigate our harmful emissions and pave the way to a 1.5-degree world.
About Our Speakers:
David Miller is the Director of International Diplomacy and Global Ambassador of Inclusive Climate Action at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. He is responsible for supporting nearly 100 mayors of the world’s largest cities in their climate leadership and building a global movement for socially equitable action to mitigate and adapt to climate change. He served as Chair of C40 Cities from 2008 until 2010.
David was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010. Under his leadership, Toronto became widely admired internationally for its environmental leadership, economic strength, and social integration. He is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies and a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability. He has held a variety of public and private positions and served as Future of Cities Global Fellow at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University from 2011 to 2014.
David is a Harvard-trained economist and professionally a lawyer.
Professor Kenneth S. Corts is Interim Dean, Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy, and the Desautels Chair in Entrepreneurship at the Rotman School of Management. He also serves as Academic Director of the Lee-Chin Institute for Corporate Citizenship.
Professor Corts has previously served in a number of other academic leadership positions at the University of Toronto, including Vice-Dean, Faculty and Research at Rotman, Acting Vice-President, University Operations and Acting Vice-Provost, Academic Operations at U of T; and Director of the Rotman Commerce, a role that reports to the Deans of both Rotman and the Faculty of Arts and Science. He has been a visiting professor at UCLA and INSEAD and a visiting scholar at UC-Berkeley and IESE. Before joining the Rotman School in 2003, he was an Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor in the Competition and Strategy area at Harvard Business School. He received his PhD in Economics from Princeton University in 1994.
Professor Corts is a microeconomist with research and teaching interests in industrial organization, competition policy, organizational economics, and energy policy; he has published his research in leading academic journals such as the Rand Journal of Economics, the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, the Journal of Industrial Economics, and the Journal of Law and Economics. Professor Corts has also published a number of Harvard Business School case studies that are used at top business schools throughout the world, served as Editor at the Journal of Industrial Economics from 2005-2010, and has won grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
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