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Climate Change and Clean Energy

June 17, 2015 - June 20, 2015

Global climate change impacts Europe in many ways, including changes in the average and extreme temperature and precipitation, warmer oceans, rising sea level, and shrinking snow and ice cover on land and at sea. In response, the Europe Union, the European Environmental Agency, European national governments, and private companies are making concerted efforts to utilize clean energy technologies and innovative policy initiatives to help counter the effects of climate change. In October of last year, European leaders agreed upon a broad climate change pact mandating that the EU as a whole slash greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030. Already, EU member states are solidifying their standing as global leaders in the development and application of renewable energy.

CCWA welcomes a group of international visitors from various countries throughout Europe who are coming to Cleveland for a regional project devoted to learning about climate change and clean energy initiatives in the United States. Participants will explore major players involved in the energy sector, including private industry, non-profit organizations, and state and local governments. They will examine a broad range of policies; cutting-edge industry research and development; and the complex network of institutions working to increase alternative energy generation and use. The project will also focus on effective incentive policies, local legislative action, industrial innovation, private research, and marketing of alternative or “green” energy sources and technologies. The project is designed for environmental leaders, government officials, policymakers, academics, journalists, and energy experts from across Europe.

International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program

Each year, over 250 professionals from around the world visit Northeast Ohio through IVLP. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, these visitors have been identified by U.S. embassies as emerging leaders in their fields.  Over 50 Nobel Laureates and 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are alumni of this program. 

By connecting with foreign leaders we strengthen Northeast Ohio’s commercial, cultural, and educational ties with the rest of the world. For more information, contact Ryan Ouellette, Senior Program Officer, at or click here. To get involved as a Citizen Diplomat, click here.


June 17, 2015
June 20, 2015
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