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Mayor Rogero to Speak at Brown Bag Green Book Series
Mayor Rogero to Speak at Brown Bag Green Book Series

Join City of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero as she reviews Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development by Joan Fitzgerald in Knox County Public Library's Brown Bag, Green Book program at noon on Wednesday, October 17 in the East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street. 

The program series is co-sponsored by the City of Knoxville.

In Emerald Cities, Fitzgerald shows how, in the absence of a comprehensive national policy, cities like Chicago, New York, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle have taken the lead in addressing the interrelated environmental problems of global warming, pollution, energy dependence, and social justice. "Given my commitment to sustainability, I find Joan Fitzgerald's perspective on what it means to be a green city very valuable," Mayor Rogero says. Cities are major sources of pollution, but because of their population density, reliance on public transportation, and other factors, Fitzgerald argues that they are uniquely suited to promote and benefit from green economic development. 

"I have long believed that environmental stewardship and economic development must go hand in hand," Mayor Rogero says. "Emerald Cities outlines the opportunities and the obstacles we face in building a sustainable community and economy." 

The public is invited to join the conversation and bring a lunch or pick up something from a downtown restaurant. Copies of the books are available at the Library if you'd like to read one before the program. 

For more information, please call Emily Ellis at 215-8723.

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