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March 5 & 6 - Focus 2015: Forum for Urban Sustainability

March 5 & 6 - Focus 2015: Forum for Urban Sustainability

Published on February 24, 2015


Cities are major players on sustainability issues and resiliency. The path to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and the success of the Paris Climate Change in December 2015, at wich an international agreement should be reached, depends greatly on local government involvment. As a consequence, the Embassy of France, in conjunction with the US government and American NGOs, organizes FOCUS 2015 in March 2015.


A forum of US and French community decision makers cooperating towards concrete and sustainable outcomes through mutually beneficial exchanges of green methods.

This conference will kick-start long-term and formal cooperation among officials and practitioners concerned with sustainable urban (community) development in France and the United States. The tools, products and partnerships developed and shared at this forum will serve the Paris Climate Conference in December 2015.


The conference will be open to those with knowledge, desire and experience at the metropolitan level on the issue of climate change and sustainability toward economic growth. This includes: elected officials, academics, private companies, financing sector, NGOs and others willing to engage in a problem-focused, goal-oriented discussion.


To ease information-sharing and provide the best opportunities for exchange, six workshops will be organized:

  • New mobility
  • Energy & Ressources
  • Community involvement and economic & social revival
  • Resiliency
  • Tools and policy
  • Financing and economy


Date March 5 & 6, 2015

Duration one day and a half

Location French Embassy, Washington DC

For more information, please contact:

This conference is co-organised with:


the US National Academy for Housing and Sustainable Communities,
the National League of Cities,
the UN foundation,
the Nature Conservancy,
the German Marshall Fund,
the Smart Growth America,
the World Resource Institute,
the American Council on Renewable Energy,
the Business Council on Sustainable Energy,
the Virginia Tech Metropolitain Institute,
the U.C. Davis One Health Institute,
the Stanford Woods Institute and the University of Chicago