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Symposium on Global Green Cities of the 21st Century to Be Held in San Francisco
Organizers and sponsors of the Global Green Cities of the 21st Century: Evolving Models for Sustainable Urban Design today announced that the symposium will take place Feb. 23-25 at the San Francisco JW Marriott. With the goal of fostering sustainable urban development and design, the landmark symposium will shed light on the development of green cities. Gavin Newsom, lieutenant governor of California, will deliver the opening remarks on Feb. 23.
The symposium will feature a high-level exchange of ideas and information among elected officials, planners, researchers, technologists, business executives and other leaders recognized worldwide.
"We're extremely excited to have such an esteemed gathering of global experts on sustainable urban growth convene in San Francisco," said Sean Randolph, president of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. "Their experience of planning and living in some of the world's most innovative cities is invaluable, and we hope that the exchange with U.S. and Bay Area leaders will help advance the state of the art."
Focal points of the symposium include urban design, the relationship between policy and citizen behavior, and the applications of technology. The symposium will showcase technology and policy advances specific to California.
Global collaboration will be achieved through both on-site participation and the use of Cisco TelePresence, a state-of-the-art meeting solution enabling an "in-person" virtual presence. The Virtual Meetings by Marriott studios will also connect participants worldwide, using the AT&T Business Exchange, AT&T's unique network-based, inter- and intracompany collaboration program.
"Cisco is proud to support Global Green Cities of the 21st Century," said Wim Elfrink, Cisco's Chief Globalization Officer. "Cisco TelePresence is the great solution to connect worldwide contributors to this symposium and facilitate conversations that will bring positive change to the sustainable urban design sector. This will also allow our meeting participants to experience how innovation and technology can help drive economic, social and environmental sustainability."
Jim Herlihy, managing director of Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management, echoed Elfrink's sentiments: "We're honored to contribute to such a truly important event. The discussions promoted by this symposium will no doubt benefit the growth and evolution of green cities worldwide."
Global Green Cities of the 21st Century is organized by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute in partnership with the Alfred Herrhausen Society, Cisco and Deutsche Bank, with program advice provided by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics.