Join us on Wednesday, September 9th for our second Virtual Discussion Group! This event will work like a short-form book club, with breakout room discussions on timely energy topics. Our next discussion will focus on the role of electrification in the clean energy transition.
Rewiring America is a new nonprofit that develops and advocates for policies to rapidly decarbonize the U.S. through electrification. Their recent report argues that rapid deployment of existing electrification technologies could:
- create 15-20 million jobs in the next decade;
- slash total U.S. primary energy demand in half; and
- eliminate 70-80% of U.S. carbon emissions by 2035 with little-to-no carbon capture and sequestration.
To participate in this event, please read this Vox article recapping the report, or read the full report. Then join our small-group breakout rooms to deliberate the role of electrification in a just energy transition and consider impacts, costs, and strategies that could encourage the rapid deployment of electrification technologies.
We will kick off the evening of discussions with a presentation from Cristina Garcia from Building Electrification Initiative, an organization that equips cities across North America with the knowledge, tools, and resources they need to accelerate the transition of building systems away from fossil fuels.
Spots are limited, so register soon!
Cristina Garcia is a New York City native, working at the Building Electrification Initiative, an organization that equips cities across North America with the knowledge, tools, and resources they need to accelerate the transition of building systems away from fossil fuels. Cristina’s role within the organization is focused on inclusive labor and workforce policies for building electrification that will enable an equitable transition. Prior to this role, Cristina worked at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability for nearly three years, leading their electrification and workforce development initiatives.
Cristina’s passion for workforce development and increasing diversity in the sustainability industry led to her involvement in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) NYC chapter. In 2017, Cristina founded Latinos in Sustainability, a subgroup of SHPE- NYC, which informs Latinx students about sustainability careers while connecting and growing the Latinx professional community working in the sustainability and energy sector. Cristina holds a Certified Energy Manager(CEM), EcoDistricts AP, and LEED GA certification. She is a Climate Reality Project Leader, and an Environmental Leadership Program Fellow. Cristina holds a Masters and Bachelors from the City College of New York in Environmental Engineering, where she is now the Chairperson of the Environmental Engineering external advisory board.