Great Ideas Series

The Princeton Climate Action Plan is more than a roadmap to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, there are several additional positive benefits identified in the Plan. The 2020-21 Great Idea series is dedicated to highlighting and explaining each of these co-benefits.

All events are free and open to the public. Please find Zoom registration and log-in information in the calendar listing for each upcoming event.

Thank you to our generous sponsor NRG Energy, Inc. and our partner Princeton Public Library.

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Since 2018, the Great Ideas series has focused on some aspect of the Climate Action Plan and has included the following seminars.

What Is a Changing Climate Doing to Princeton’s Natural Resources?

Our trees, vegetation and natural habitats provide invaluable environmental benefits and also reduce our contribution to climate change by storing and sequestering carbon emissions. Find out what Princeton must do to reduce stress on our natural resources and make them more resilient to climate change. Seminar held June 17, 2019.

What is Princeton Doing to be Climate Resilient?

Continued flooding, extreme heat and health problems – this is what climate science says is in store for the Princeton region. Planning and preparation can help mitigate the worst of these effects, and reduce the economic burden, for dealing with them after the fact. Seminar held April 17, 2019.

Why Is It Too Far To Walk? Building a Climate-Friendly Princeton.

Can we connect our neighborhoods with access to jobs, grocery stores, schools, libraries, parks and gathering places? Can we preserve neighborhood character and ensure all Princeton community members have access to safe, affordable, low carbon transportation and housing? Seminar held December 19, 2018.

Princeton’s Energy Future: Can We Be Carbon Free?

Many U.S. cities are setting ambitious renewable energy goals to reduce their carbon footprint and improve the quality of life of their citizens. If Princeton set a goal to be carbon free, how could we get there? Come hear from industry experts on the ways that communities like Princeton are transitioning to a cleaner energy future. Seminar held October 17, 2018.

What is a Climate Action Plan and Why Does Princeton Need One?

Countries, states and cities across the world are adopting plans to mitigate and prepare for the effects of climate change. Princeton is ready to step up and create its own plan. What does this mean and how can it be accomplished? Seminar held May 16, 2018.

Princeton’s Community Carbon Footprint: What is our impact on climate change?

Many of our daily activities such as using electricity, driving a car, and disposing of waste create greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to climate change. The first step towards determining how to reduce our emissions is to create an inventory. Join us as we share the results of Princeton’s inventory and discuss actions that can reduce our impact. Seminar held March 27, 2018.

Thank you to our generous sponsor, NRG Energy, Inc.