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, 2019
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.


For more information, see the detailed agenda page.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

1:00 p.m. – Registration opens
3:00 p.m. – Opening plenary – Net Zero Buildings in B.C.: Collaboration, Innovation and Market Transformation
5:00 p.m. – Reception

Thursday, May 30, 2019

9:00 a.m. – Opening plenary: Details to be announced
11:00 a.m. – Parallel breakout sessions:

Zero emission transport

11:00 a.m. – Renewable Transit: Enabling the Transition to 100% Zero Emission Buses

2:00 p.m. – Rolling out EV Charging Infrastructure: Top-down and Bottom-up Innovation

Renewable natural gas

11:00 a.m. – Stimulate, Regulate and Accelerate: Leadership and Lessons to Generate RNG from Municipal Waste and Landfill Gas

2:00 p.m. – Separate and Aggregate: Leadership and Lessons on Organic Solid Waste Diversion

Integrated land-use, transportation and housing planning

11:00 a.m. – Integrating Land-use and transportation planning as a key to reducing transport GHGs

2:00 p.m. – Setting the Agenda: prioritizing affordable housing and equity in land use planning processes

4:00 p.m. – Closing plenary: Details to be announced
5:00 p.m. – Conference close


For more information, see the speaker page. 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
  • Matt Horne, Climate Policy Manager, City of Vancouver
  • Jack Kitowski, Division Chief, Mobile Source Control Division, California Air Resources Board
  • Frankie Lewington, Communications Specialist, Build Small Coalition, Oregon Metro
  • Mike McKeever, Senior Advisor to Sacramento, CA Mayor Darrell Steinberg
  • David Miller, North America Regional Director, C40 and former Mayor of Toronto
  • Sonja Munnix, Senior Advisor, Netherlands Enterprise Agency
  • Robyn Wark, Team Lead, Sustainable Community Program, BC Hydro

This information will be updated as new speakers are added. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive conference news.




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. For media access, please e-mail

Government of Canada employees: Thanks to our partnership with Canada’s Department of Natural Resources, federal employees will receive a 100% fee waiver. Contact Kathryn Sheps ( / (778) 782-9622) to register.


Renewable Cities is a program of Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. State-City Collaboration on Clean Energy Transformations is a Clean Energy Ministerial 10 / Mission Innovation 4 Complementary Event. If you are interested in partnership, sponsorship or would like to suggest content, please contact Kathryn Sheps, Program Manager, at

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Electric bus image courtesy of Metro Transit

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