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Today and tomorrow the City of Spokane's Sustainability Office will be putting on the first Spokane Sustainability Symposium. Broken out into two sections, This afternoon's events will discuss the potential impacts of current energy and climate issues as they relate to Spokane. Friday will be reserved for a sustainability roundtable where you can join a discussion on what the City of Spokane government is and should be doing with regards to the topic of energy security and climate change.
Thursday, July 31
- Noon – 2:30 p.m.: Panel discussion concerning the local impacts of energy security and climate change. Panelists are John Kaufmann (Senior Policy Analyst with the Oregon Dept. of Energy, and lead staff to Portland’s Peak Oil Task Force) and Dr. Robert Quinn (climate science professor at EWU). In the Council Chambers, lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd..
- 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Conversation between Dr. Phil Mote, members of the Mayor’s Sustainability Task Force, and co-leads for the four work groups supporting the Task Force. On the 5th floor of City Hall, in conference room 5A. Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe.
- 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Keynote speaker Dr. Phil Mote, Washington State Climatologist, will speak on global climate change. He’s a member of the University of WA’s Climate Impacts Group as well as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In the Council Chambers, lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Friday, August 1st
– 9:00 a.m.: Mayor’s Sustainability Roundtable,
featuring Mayor Mary Verner and key staff related to sustainability.
This is an opportunity for everyone to learn more about what the City
of Spokane government is currently doing to address energy security
and climate change.
In the Council Chambers, lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
- 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Work groups report to each other and to members of the Mayor’s Sustainability Task Force on their recommendations so far regarding steps that City government can take to address energy security and climate mitigation. Task Force and work group members will then discuss what they’ve heard during the afternoon and Mayor’s Sustainability Coordinator Susanne Croft will wrap up with a review of next steps. At the Liberty Building, n.w. corner of Main and Washington, on the second floor above Auntie’s Bookstore. Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe.