More than half the world's population now lives in and around cities, arguably providing an excellent opportunity for efficient living in dense urban environments. But many urban areas are sprawling and inefficient, and short of tearing them down and starting anew, present barriers to reducing humanity's environmental impact. Or do they? Recently, engineers and urban planners have suggested a number of ways to retrofit existing cities to greatly improve efficiency, reduce environment impact, and even improve quality of life for urban residents. Sustainable Cities Collective presents this discussion to explore the ideas that could make retrofitting the low-hanging fruit of urban re-engineering.

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Martin Chávez is Executive Director of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability USA, and a former three-term mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico, during which time he was recognized as one of the nation's "greenest" mayors. Currently, Chávez directs ICLEI’s ongoing efforts to empower local governments with the resources necessary to combat climate change, save energy, create green jobs, and improve life in their communities. Chávez has previously served as a member of the ICLEI USA Board of Directors and of the worldwide ICLEI Executive Committee. He also served as a Trustee of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), chaired the Urban Water Council, and was co-chair of USCM’s Climate Change Task Force.

Chris Cheatham is the managing partner of Cheatham Consulting, LLC, providing consulting and dispute resolution services related to construction, surety, and green building projects. Chris is a LEED Accredited Professional and green building authority who frequently speaks to groups and associations and is quoted in the press regarding these issues. He has worked with attorneys, contractors, sureties, architects, engineers, and owners regarding green building growth, and risk mitigation strategies. Chris is also the publisher of the widely-read Green Building Law Update.

Thomas Brodocz is Vice President International Projects Development, Siemens One, Siemens AG, Germany. Thomas currently drives various projects in the urban sustainable environment, multi purpose and resort and developments, university campus and icon projects. He joined Siemens in 1976 after studying physics, and since has worked across a broad spectrum of businesses from medical equipment, mobility solutions, information technology, management-consulting, service business and infrastructure solutions including sports venues and alpine technologies. Currently, Thomas supports investors, architects, planners and General Contractors as well as the worldwide Siemens organization to master challenging large infrastructure projects.

Marc Gunther is a writer, speaker and consultant, who focuses on business and the environment. He worked for 12 years as a senior writer at FORTUNE magazine, where he is now a contributing editor. His most recent book, “Faith and Fortune: How Compassionate Capitalism is Transforming American Business,” was published by Crown in 2004.