CIFAL Atlanta: Sister Cities Economic Development Partnership Forum - Energy Efficiency and Renewables




18 Oct - 19 Oct 2010

Duration of event:

2 days


Atlanta , United States

Programme area:

Environment, Governance, Local Development


No fee

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Participation subject to application approval by UNITAR. Notification will be sent once application selection process has been finalized.
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The seventh objective of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals, as agreed to by 192 member countries,  focuses on ensuring environmental sustainability by 2015. To meet this goal, governments must act now to reduce emissions and pollution, to protect natural resources, to adopt conservation principles, and to look for alternative clean energy sources.

Local governments are becoming more active in developing policy to combat climate change, achieve carbon neutrality, and implement sustainable business and growth practices. In the USA, over 700 mayors have signed the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement pledging to significantly reduce emission of greenhouse gases by 2012. Cities will realize this goal through a multi-pronged effort which includes energy and land conservation, alternative energy use, and the creation of healthy cities.

Many proactive governments and corporations are finding that adopting long-term sustainable practices carries true benefits in terms of economic growth and job creation, lower energy bills, and quality of life improvements such as reduced congestion and green space preservation.

Event Objectives

This event will gather industry experts and local authorities with the following objectives:

  1. To introduce participants to Landfill gas-to-energy technologies and project models;
  2. To exchange information on local renewable Energy Market and carbon trading Markets.
  3. To promote mutually beneficial public-private partnerships


Learning Objectives

Learning objectives for participants are as follows:

  1. To understand the concept of Landfill gas-to-energy technologies and project models
  2. To understand the local renewable Energy Market and carbon trading Markets and how it can contribute to cities goals to contribute to environment sustainability
  3. To initiate partnerships, cross-sharing, and networking practices across public and private sectors and especially among local authority representatives.


Content and Structure

Structure: UNITAR Knowledge Management Methodology and best-practice sessions, experts plenary-talks, panel discussions, and site visits.

Topics include:  Local renewable energy markets, public-private partnerships, successful LFGTP in the region.



UNITAR Knowledge Management Methodology for face-to-face learning, including:

  • Field visits
  • Peer review
  • Self assessment modules


Targeted Audience

  1. Mayors,
  2. Landfill and public works directors, and
  3. Industry experts

Additional Information

The goal of CIFAL Atlanta’s Environmental Sustainability program is to provide a forum for governments and civil society leaders to share best practices for implementing ecologically sound policies that support and stimulate long-term economic growth. Workshops will examine sustainability in water management, land use and regional planning, integrated waste management and methane capture and reuse, and transit / green space initiatives to improve quality of life and reduce congestion.