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4 Critical Success Factors for Climate Change

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Eileen Quigley, Director of the New Energy Cities (NEC) Program in Seattle, explains why cities are ground zero in the battle for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions because they emit 70 percent of all global emissions and also are incubators of innovation. .  Eileen shares the four critical success factors for cities wanting to make a difference in their communities on climate change. Listen to Full 45 min Episode

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About our Guest

EileenEileen V. Quigley directs the New Energy Cities (NEC) program at Climate Solutions, which works with small- to medium-sized Northwest communities to reduce carbon emissions through climate-smart, clean energy solutions in deep energy efficiency, renewable energy, eco-mobility, and smart grid technology.

Eileen is an expert in city-led clean energy innovation and co-author of Powering the New Energy Future from the Ground Up: Priorities in City-Led Energy Innovation, a studyof 34 American cities that are demonstrating how communities with fewer than 250,000 residents are reducing their dependence upon fossil fuels for energy.  She regularly speaks and blogsabout how communities are pursuing a cleaner, carbon-neutral future, and co-writes theNew Energy Cities Weekly Wrap.

Prior to joining Climate Solutions in 2009, Eileen ran RealNetworks’ Nonprofit Affairs Division, which helped nonprofit organizations use the Internet for social change.  She has been a civic leader in the Puget Sound since 1988, having run the Municipal League of King County for four years and served on numerous Puget Sound nonprofit boards and civic taskforces. She edited a quarterly journal of public policy, economics, and culture for the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada for three years and spent five years as a magazine and newspaper journalist in Washington, DC and New York, NY, prior to moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1988.

Eileen received her Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University in 1983 and her Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Yale University in 1980.

Twitter: @evquigley.