2017 Citizens’ Climate Lobby Wild West Regional Conference

Conference Details
Citizens’ Climate Lobby
North Mountain Visitor Center, Phoenix, Arizona
November 3rd – 5th, 2017

Among the Speakers
John A “Skip” Laitner
Presentation Title: The Economic Imperative of Greater Energy Efficiency

CCL builds the political will for our elected representatives to take action on climate change. Our Regional Conference is an opportunity for newcomers and experienced CCL members to gather to learn, practice skills, inspire each other, and strategize in moving our country toward climate solutions. The Wild West Region – Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Montana and Wyoming – is large and diverse, but we share common concerns due to the climate impacts already manifesting in our wildlands, cities and farms.


Information Technology as an Energy Productivity Tool

Meeting Details
A series of forums and meetings hosted by the Canon Institute of Global Studies
September 18 – 22, 2017
Tokyo, Japan

Among the Speakers
John A. “Skip” Laitner
Presentation Title: Vision for Significant ICT Reduction of CO2: The Economic Imperative of Information Technologies
Click here to view presentation slides

In an invited set of talks, and meetings with key Japanese officials, we will explore how the digital economy might: (1) provide large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, (2) accelerate energy and resource productivity, and (3) elevate the performance of the global economy within a more sustainable framework.


The Energy Transition Forum

Event Details
October 4-6, 2017
Union City, CA

“How today’s digital economy will affect the energy industry; Revealing demand as a new source of supply; New regulatory measures required”

Among the Speakers

John A. “Skip” Laitner
Discussion on how today’s digital economy can positively impact the energy industry as productivity becomes a new source of energy supply. More details forthcoming.


Meeting with Joi Scientific

Meeting Details
August 9, 2017
Cape Canaveral, Florida

Joi Scientific is part of a select group of innovative companies working at Kennedy Space Center to launch transformative technologies that hold the potential to make the world a better place. Joi’s scientists and engineers are developing the cutting-edge technology that powers Hydrogen 2.0 at the Kennedy Space Centers Space Life Sciences Lab.

Here at The Resource Imperative we are excited to explore policy initiatives with Joi Scientific that might positively shape the emergence of hydrogen as both a clean fuel to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and an energy productivity resource to bolster a more robust and sustainable economy.


Smart Energy Planning to Enhance and Recession-Proof the Orlando Economy

Event Details
August 7, 2017
Mayor Dyer’s Office of Sustainability | City of Orlando, Florida

In an invited talk to city officials, John A. “Skip” Laitner highlighted the critical link between energy productivity as a key sustainability tool – one that will also help “recession-proof” the regional economy in the Orlando metropolitan area.

Click to see Mr. Laitner’s presentation slides – Orlando MSA and the Next Economy: How Smart Energy Can “Recession-Proof” the Region


Reset: A Forum and Celebration of Energy Transitions

Event Details
July 25 | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Georgia Institute of Technology, TSRB, 85 5th St NW, Atlanta, GA

Among the Plenary Speakers
John A. “Skip” Laitner
“The Third Industrial Revolution”
How it Might “Future-Proof” the Economy and Make it Much More Sustainable than Imagined


The 2017 Conference of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS)

Economic and Human Dimensions Research Associates – Gold Sponsor

June 21-24, 2017
University of Arizona Institute of the Environment
Tucson, Arizona

Event Details
This year’s conference theme is is Environment, Wellness, and Community.

Amoung the Presenters: 

John A. “Skip” Laitner
Reframing Energy Education for the 21st Century: Understanding the Economic Imperative of Energy Efficiency
Presentation Slides

Ryan Keller
GIS & Energy Harvesting: How These Emerging Technologies Can Shape an Efficient Tomorrow
Presentation Slides

Going Forward
Check out conference details and resources at https://aessonline.org/2017-conference/, and if you can attend or will be in the area, register for the conference.


International Colloquium: Ending Poverty and Climate Change in the Transboundary Region of Mexico and the United States

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Postgraduate Auditorium of El Colegio de Sonora

First International Colloquium
Poverty of energy in the transboundary region of Mexico and the United States. Current situation and prospects
Primer Coloquio Internacional
Pobreza de energía en la región transfronteriza de México y Estados Unidos. Situación actual y perspectivas

John “Skip” Laitner Presentation Title
The Mexico-Russia-U.S. Next Economies: How Productive Energy Can Increase Well-Being

International Colloquium Presentation Slides

Key Thoughts
The robust development of the World’s long-term prosperity will not be possible without large increases in purposeful investment and greater levels of resource and energy efficiency– enabling the significant reduction in the full costs of energy services, and motivated by informed attitudes and more productive behaviors.

Some economies such as Mexico, however, will require an even greater use of productive energy to elevate its social well-being; while the global economy as a whole, must productively use much less total energy. This requires imagination, innovation, and new business models to manage our resources in wholly new ways.

Going Forward
As we move forward, a discussion should focus on how placing greater emphasis on energy efficiency can reduce Energy Poverty and encourage the development of a more robust and sustainable economy for developing nations.


International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Experts Meeting on the Emerging 6th Climate Change Assessment Report (AR6)

April 26-28, 2017
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Event Details from IPCC:
The IPCC is currently in its Sixth Assessment cycle. During this cycle, the Panel will produce three Special Reports, a Methodology Report on national greenhouse gas inventories and the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).

The 43rd Session of the IPCC held in April 2016 agreed that the AR6 Synthesis Report would be finalized in 2022 in time for the first UNFCCC global stocktake when countries will review progress towards their goal of keeping global warming to well below 2 °C while pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5 °C. The three Working Group contributions to AR6 will be finalized in 2021.

The meeting to draft the outlines of each of the three Working Group contributions to the AR6 was held on 1 – 5 May 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The draft outlines will be considered by the Panel when it meets in September 2017

John A. “Skip” Laitner
Invited Subject Matter Expert

Highlights and Supported Topics by Laitner

  1. A greater recognition of energy and resource productivity, rather than merely supply-side technologies, as smart climate solutions;
  2. Elevating sustainable economic development goals as important contributions to robust climate change solutions; and
  3. Integrating more of the social science perspectives so that we can identify transition paths that include the many human dimension strategies together with improved energy efficiency and clean energy technologies.

Going Forward
There is a need for a greater number of projects, peer-reviewed journal articles, reports, and books that document and promote these, and other critical issues, on which the IPCC can build its AR6 assessment and report in the coming years.