April 20th, 2020


Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

Founder and CEO, Metabolic

Chief Sustainability Officer, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles



With COVID-19 shutting down urban areas, city dwellers from LA to New Delhi are getting a rare taste of clean air and blue skies. Practically overnight, entire populations could see the stark contrast between a world of unmitigated pollution and significantly less human activity. Transforming our energy, infrastructure and transportation systems could get us to zero-emission cities, and quite literally, a brighter future. 

However, with a global recession on the horizon, critical programs to improve urban mobility and reduce emissions are on the sidelines. How are major cities like LA, New York, and Amsterdam implementing innovative sustainability projects to become net-zero? Will the recession impact funding for clean energy, infrastructure and bold action to address climate change? A conversation on cities getting to zero carbon with Ani Dasgupta, global director at the World Resources Institute’s Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, Eva Gladek, founder and CEO of Metabolic, and Lauren Faber O’Connor, chief sustainability officer for the city of Los Angeles

This program is generously underwritten by ClimateWorks Foundation