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Baruch College Explores How Cities Can Accelerate Local and Global Sustainable Development

January 19th panel will analyze the factors that make cities and urban livelihoods sustainable

New York, NY, Jan. 18, 2011 -- Baruch College's Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity and the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute will host the Sustainability Practice Network's first panel discussion of 2011 titled Cities as Accelerators of Sustainable Development to discuss how cities can accelerate local and global sustainable development.

Cities currently account for half the global population, two-thirds of global energy usage, and over 70% of global carbon emissions. The world's rapidly growing cities increasingly face natural resource shortages, inefficient infrastructure, economic disparities, and social dislocation. Yet despite their significant environmental impacts, cities can also serve as important sources of solutions to global sustainability challenges.

The event will be moderated by Jack Nyman, Director of the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute at Baruch College. Panelists will include Jennifer Ewing Thiel, Director of Tools & Technical Innovation, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA; Micah Kotch, Director of Operations, NYC ACRE at Polytechnic Institute of NYU; Ariella Maron, Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Energy Management, NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services; Ernest Tollerson, Director of Environmental Sustainability & Compliance, New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority; and Bob Yaro, President of Regional Plan Association.


WHAT: Cities as Accelerators of Sustainable Development

WHEN: Wednesday, January 19th

            6:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Baruch College, Newman Conference Center

              151 E. 25th Street, Room 750

For more information or to obtain press passes, please contact:

Ed Pachetti, 646-660-6135,, or

Mercedes Sanchez, 646-660-6112,

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