The Natural City

Energy | Climate | Water

February 24, 2022
11:30am - 1:30pm CT
digital event




Cities have long been at odds with nature — using up its resources and depleting its health. They take up two per cent of the Earth’s land base, yet account for 70 per cent of the world’s carbon emissions. 

But the Natural City is changing that.

Advances in design, technology, and human attitudes are making a new kind of city possible, one that works “with” nature to benefit the planet and enhance our own wellness, even as we sustain rapid growth. 

The Natural City puts a premium on fresh air, and clean, renewable energy and water systems. It’s supported by the electrification of vehicles and smarter infrastructure. It has a vastly reduced carbon footprint and embraces local food systems. It’s a place of innovative urban design, and much more.

Houston, one of America’s fastest growing cities and a leader in the transition to clean energy, offers a useful case study on how we can build it.

CityAge, in collaboration with Jacobs, will bring together the people who are making the Natural City a reality.


speakers include:

Sylvester Turner

Houston, TX

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Jainey Bavishi

NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate Resiliency

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James Moore

Global Solutions Director,
Cities & Places, Jacobs

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Katie Hagemann

Resilience Program Manager
for Adaptation,
Miami-Dade County

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Sean Quinn

Director of Regenerative Design,

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Priya Zachariah

Chief Resilience and Sustainability Officer, City of Houston

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Jane Stricker

Executive Director,
Houston Energy Transition Initiative, Greater Houston Partnership

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with more to come soon...

Agenda for Feb 24th

(ALl times CT)

11:30 AM Welcome by Event MC
11:35 AM Opening Remarks: Sylvester Turner, Mayor, Houston, TX
11:40 AM Opening Presentation: What is biomimicry? Hear how it’s making the Natural City possible.
11:55 AM Presentation by:  Sean Quinn, Director of Regenerative Design, HOK
12:10 PM Panel 1: How to Build A Natural City
12:40 PM Presentation: James Moore, Global Solutions Director, Cities & Places, Jacobs
12:55 PM Panel 2: Building a New Economy With Green Energy
1:30 PM Session Close

Specific areas of focus will be:


Sam Liccardo

Mayor of San Jose, CA 

Libby Schaaf

Mayor of Oakland, CA

Emma Stewart

Head of High Tech, Engie Impact

Mary Papazian

President, San Jose
State University

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