Solve Climate by 2030 engages with the next generation on what they can do to help solve climate change in the coming decade. In early April, university and high school students across the planet will tune into over 100 university-hosted webinars in more than 50 countries, on a topic critical to their future: how local and individual action can put us on the way to solving climate change by 2030. Climate-concerned university and high school faculty worldwide and across disciplines, will assign these webinars, live or recorded, as homework, using them as a springboard for discussing regional climate solutions, energy justice, and a green recovery.
The Oregon webinar hosted by Willamette University will take place at 6PM PST on April 7th, 2021. The event will feature three climate solutions experts who will participate in a 90-minute panel discussion with time included for audience Q&A. The panel will focus on ambitious but feasible actions that can spur a just, green recovery and get the world on track to solving climate by 2030.
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All times are in PST.
6:00 - 6:10 pm Introductions
6:10 - 7:00 pm Speakers will provide an overview of statewide emissions and goals, past and recent legislation, and related programs, policies and programs affecting buildings and the built environment, and transportation-related emissions. Speakers will also address the importance of equity in policy and program design and implementation.
7:00 - 7:30 pm Audience Q&A and discussion
Aaron Brown Co-founder, No More Freeways
Aaron Brown (he/his) is a co-founder of No More Freeways, the grassroots campaign to stop ODOT's $800 million freeway expansion in the backyard of I-5. He's held leadership roles in municipal and regional electoral campaigns that have raised $2.7 billion in funding for schools, teachers, sidewalks and parks. Aaron is the former Board President of Oregon Walks, the state's pedestrian advocacy organization, and is the head coordinator to host YIMBYtown, a national conference of abundant housing advocates, which has been rescheduled to take place this upcoming fall. He volunteers with Sunrise Movement PDX, Portland: Neighbors Welcome, and other organizations working at the intersection of housing, climate and transportation justice. Aaron graduated from Macalester College and lives in the St Johns neighborhood of North Portland.
Victoria Paykar Oregon Transportation Policy Manager, Climate Solutions
Vee brings a racial justice lens working on elevating holistic transportation solutions, developing a strategic and equitable transportation agenda for electrification, transitioning off fossil fuels, and reducing the need to drive by advocating for people-centered transportation policies. Prior to joining Climate Solutions, she was an Environmental Equity Fellow at the Greenlining Institute and the Transportation Equity Associate at Center for Sustainable Energy. In those capacities she worked on programs and policies to deliver equitable and intersectional climate benefits to low-income and communities of color. Vee graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Masters in International Relations and Environmental Policy and from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelors in Anthropology and International Relations. Out of the office Vee enjoys learning to play guitar, trying new foods, hiking, running, and educating herself on anti-capitalist theory and on ways to create and demand for a more just and sustainable society.
Jaimes Valdez City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Jaimes Valdez works for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, focused on the launch of the groundbreaking Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund. Before taking this position, Jaimes worked for Spark Northwest, where he covered regulatory, market and legislative policy issues and worked to create communities powered by affordable, locally-controlled clean energy. He has more than 15 years of experience in energy issues, including in project development, energy planning, utility marketing and public advocacy towards an equitable, clean energy economy. In 2012, he spent a year as a Robert Bosch Fellow in Germany researching cooperatively-funded renewable development and distributed energy integration. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and environmental studies from Whitman College.