Conference: State-City Collaboration on Clean Energy Transformations

Renewable Cities’ conference will advance knowledge on how national and subnational governments can collaborate with cities to accelerate clean energy market transformations.

Date: Wednesday, May 29 – Thursday, May 30, 2018
Location: SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Map)
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Globally, cities are responsible for 75 per cent of energy consumption and an equivalent share of greenhouse gas emissions. A growing number of international bodies—including the IPCC, IEA, OECD and the Global Commission on Climate and Economy—have recognized not only the pivotal role of cities, but underscored the need for stronger collaborative governance. To successfully enable the clean energy transition, shared policy frameworks between local and senior levels of government are necessary.

The Clean Energy Ministerial, taking place May 27–29, 2019, will attract energy ministers, policy-makers and sectoral leaders from the world’s largest economies to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. With this global expertise gathered in Vancouver, there is a unique opportunity to deepen knowledge on the critical role of local governments and their relationships with senior governments in accelerating the clean energy transition.

Building on international precedents, Renewable Cities will facilitate a deep dive into practical senior-local government collaboration and provide a venue to transcend traditional silos through facilitated dialogue. Over the 1.5-days, this conference will convene plenaries and breakout sessions with an emphasis on expert and peer learning.

This page will be updated as additional information is available.


Transportation electrification

Stream information coming soon.

Renewable natural gas

Stream information coming soon.

Integrated land-use, transportation & housing

Stream information coming soon.


Renewable Cities’ conference will feature a wide range of international speakers and other participants. Current speakers include:

  • Ken Alex, Director, Project Climate at UC Berkeley, and former Director of the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
  • Taylor Bachrach, Mayor of Smithers, B.C. and Chair of the BC Municipal Climate Leadership Council
  • Kim Ellis, Principal Transportation Planner, Portland Metro
  • Jack Kitowski, Division Chief, Mobile Source Control Division, California Air Resources Board
  • Mike McKeever, Senior Advisor to Sacramento, CA Mayor Darrell Steinberg

Read speaker biographies or subscribe to Renewable Cities’ mailing list to receive conference news, including new speaker announcements. This page will be updated as new speakers are added.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

1:00 p.m. – Registration opens
3:30 p.m. – Opening plenary
5:00 p.m. – Reception

Thursday, May 30, 2019

9:00 a.m. – Opening plenary
11:00 a.m. – Parallel breakout sessions
12:30 p.m. – Lunch
2:00 p.m. – Parallel breakout sessions
4:00 p.m. – Closing plenary
5:00 p.m. – Conference close




Individual admission

  • Early bird rate (until May 1, 2019): $119 (CAD) plus tax
  • Regular rate (May 1, 2019 and on): $169 (CAD) plus tax

Group admission (three or more participants)

  • Early bird rate (until May 1, 2019): $99 (CAD) plus tax
  • Regular rate (May 1, 2019 and on): $119 (CAD) plus tax

Admission includes access to conference plenary and breakout sessions as well as refreshments, a reception and lunch. For registration inquiries, email or call 778-782-8851. For information on registration policies, including refunds, substitutions and privacy policies, click here.


If you are interested in partnership, sponsorship or would like to suggest content, please contact Kathryn Sheps, Operations Manager and Dialogue Convenor, at

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