National Coalition for Equity Impact (NCEI) Summit #3:
Centering Innovations in Equity — Developing Green and Smart Infrastructure Solutions in Communities, Municipalities, and Global Contexts 

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Developing green and smart infrastructure solutions in communities, municipalities, and global contexts requires a multi-disciplinary approach and collaboration among various stakeholders, including policymakers, urban planners, engineers, architects, community groups, and citizens. The goal of this summit is to articulate ways that we might co-create responses to inequities in these spaces in order to support the inclusion of marginalized populations equitably in public policy decisions and generate lasting impact.

Monday, May 22, 2023

9:00am – 2:00pm PDT at Cal Endowment, 1000 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012


9:00am – 11:00am PDT Climate Panel

  • Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles Nancy Sutley (responsible for LA’s energy and sustainability)
  • Deputy Mayor of Helsinki Anni Sinnemäki (responsible for Helsinki’s urban environment)
  • Benjamin Lee Preston (senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and director of Community Health and Environmental Policy. Preston just returned from his appointment as assistant director for Climate Services and Adaptation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under the terms of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Mobility Program.)
  • Andreas Nitsche (Board member of Interaktive Demokratie, Co-Founder LiquidFeedback, Computer Scientist, and Thomas Mann Fellow. His multidisciplinary work focuses on the chances and risks of technology for democracy, social cohesion, inclusion, and conflict management.)
  • Moderated by Rhianna C. Rogers (Director of RAND Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy)

Los Angeles Green New Deal is one of the most ambitious and comprehensive programs for greening a metropolitan area. Aiming at carbon neutrality and sustainability generally requires utilizing extensive digital networks, efficient and inclusive data economy applications, and smart city solutions. Green and digital transition can be mutually supportive and complementary in building a more sustainable and efficient urban infrastructure. However, achieving synergies between green and digital transitions is not automatic but requires strict policy coherence starting in the planning phase and continuing to the end of implementation. Ensuring that the citizens can enjoy the benefits of green and intelligent solutions on an equal and equitable footing sets high criteria for including citizens, understanding diversity, and supporting interfaces between different communities. The panel will focus on a limited number of concrete themes demonstrating how green transition is part and parcel of digital transition and how including all citizens is the prerequisite for successful projects.

11:00am – 12:00pm PDT Break/Lunch/Networking

12:00pm – 2:00pm PDT Equity Standards Working Group and Next Steps

Statement by Andreas Nitsche during the Climate Panel

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