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U.S. - E.U. Conference on Climate Change
The First U.S. – European Conference of Metropolitan Regional Councils
  • Held April 9-12, 2008, in Alexandria, Virginia, to address climate change and energy conservation
  • Participants included representatives of more than 20 U.S. and European regional councils
  • The Northern Virginia Regional Commission and the metropolitan regions and areas of the United States and Europe signed a Declaration of Cooperation to support long-term cooperation between U.S. and European regional councils on the topics of climate change and sustainable energy policies

Conference Topics
  • Conference presentations addressed the vital role played by U.S. and European metropolitan regions in the efforts to address climate change
  • Provided a forum for exchanges of lessons and policies
  • Focused on topics such as "green" buildings, renewable energy, sustainable transportation, climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, and energy conservation best practices

Featured Speakers
  • U.S. Congressman James Oberstar
  • EU Ambassador John Bruton
  • Washington Post columnist Neal Peirce 

    • Northern Virginia Regional Commission
    • Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
    • METREX (the Network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas)
    • BB&T Bank
    • National Association of Regional Councils
    • Verband Region Stuttgart
    • Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Washington
    • British Embassy Washington, D.C.
    • Heinrich Boll Foundation
    • Marriott Corporation
    • Dominion Power

    Additional Information
    History of the International Partnership with Verband Region Stuttgart

    For additional information about the conference, contact G. Mark Gibb, NVRC's Executive Director, at 703-642-4646 or Dale Medearis, Senior Environmental Planner at NVRC, at 703-642-4630.


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