City Climate Corner

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About City Climate Corner

City Climate Corner explores how small and mid-sized cities are tackling climate change and moving toward an equitable and sustainable future. Cities produce more than 60% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Big cities get most of attention, but most household emissions in the US actually come from communities outside urban cores – making them critical players in climate mitigation and climate justice.

background on co-hosts:

Abby Finis – Provides technical assistance to local governments in the Midwest to help them set and achieve climate goals. She’s focused on successful implementation of initiatives that lead to more vibrant and equitable communities while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Served as co-chair of the Minneapolis Energy Vision Advisory Committee from 2016-2018. Lead author on numerous city climate action and energy action plans in Minnesota. LinkedIn profile.

Larry Kraft – MN State Representative (elected 2022) and former City Council Member in St. Louis Park, MN, first ring suburb of Minneapolis, that has the most aggressive city climate goals in MN. Ran for both offices as a climate candidate. Former Executive Director of iMatter (now part of Climate Generation), which helped pre-college students run their own local climate campaigns in hundreds of cities around the country. LinkedIn profile.

City Climate Corner is affiliated with Elected Officials to Protect America, a fiscally sponsored project of the Solon Center for Research and Publishing, a 501(c)3 organization, Federal Tax ID# 45-4774931. Donations to City Climate Corner are tax deductible.

Educational Programs

EOPA has a Certificate in Public Leadership in partnership with the University of San Francisco. Students learn about the importance of emotional intelligence in public leadership to cyber security, body language, disinformation, how to film videos, debate climate issues and much more. 

The program’s aim is to advance participants’ ability to further the public good while implementing policy solutions.

The Carmen Ramirez EOPA ScholarshipA trailblazing fighter with a huge heart, Carmen Ramirez was an elected official, a selfless public servant, a lifelong advocate for disadvantaged people and our planet, and an incredibly effective organizer and leader who touched the lives of so many people she met. A Ventura County Supervisor and a true hero for her community, Carmen set the standard for courage in public leadership.

Learn about our Carmen Ramirez Scholarship program here.

Offshore wind has the potential to provide more than 2,000 gigawatts (GW) of electric energy in the United States — at least two times the present generation of the entire U.S. electric grid, according to a National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimate. The sheer size of the resource illustrates the critical contribution that offshore wind can make toward an energy system powered by 100% clean renewable energy. 

Offshore wind has the potential to be the biggest lever that we can pull to reduce our emissions, address the climate crisis, meet our energy needs, and grow our economy simultaneously. It’s poised to become a $1 trillion industry by 2040, creating thousands of good-paying jobs, providing clean renewable energy, and spurring economic growth. EOPA fully supports the responsible buildout of offshore wind for America and sees it as a key component to solving the climate crisis.

EOPA has letters for New YorkNew Jersey and California signed by elected officials in their respective states backing responsible offshore wind development

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