Welcome to the beautiful state of California and thank you for joining us as we unite together to find productive ways to tackle the effects of climate change on our environment and our economies.
As we await negotiations on an international agreement, we as subnational leaders can and must take action now. We must work to drive green projects that both stimulate our economies and protect and preserve our most precious resources.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has predicted that most of the implementation for climate-related policies will happen at the subnational level and that our role is crucial in moving climate policy forward. We are where the action is at now.
We must continue this approach and work together as we build this emerging green economy so all can benefit from the global green marketplace. Please join us as we chart the course towards a greener global economy through environmental stewardship.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor and Environmentalist
The GGCS 3 promises compelling climate conversations from the top leaders of local, regional, national and international entities, as well as those from academia, business and nonprofit. This summit will continue to broaden our partnerships through an increased understanding of our unique environmental and economic challenges as we continue to grow a clean, green economy. GGCS serves as a forum to learn best practices, share ideas and collaborate on projects to see first-hand how our actions at the subnational level can drive national and international climate negotiations.
Join us as we tour various sites throughout the Northern California region and experience all that California has to offer, from wine country to education.
Please mouse-over the photos to view speaker names; click on each photo to read about that person. For a complete listing and description of speakers, click here.
Subnational partnerships are crucial in addressing climate change. R-20 is an independent coalition of states, provinces and other partners that will serve as a catalyst for building a green economy throughout the world. Through the development of green projects, R-20 will drive a clean, green economy and serve as an example to the world how green policies can spur economic development.