Northwestern University

Tue 11:45 AM

From waste to resources: New energy for Rotterdam

When: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM  

Where: 130 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: $35-65

Contact: Chicago Council on Global Affairs   312.726.3860

Group: ISEN

Category: Lectures & Meetings

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The largest port city in Europe, the City of Rotterdam, has a culture of embracing novel ideas from around the world. As the city continues to reinvent itself with a focus on relevance and resilience, it has become a hub for innovation in the drive towards environmental sustainability and economic growth. Through the promotion of a circular economy and energy transition, Mayor Aboutaleb has set an ambitious goal to significantly reduce waste and energy consumption in Rotterdam by 2022. How can innovations like blockchain technology and urban design be used to accelerate a sustainable city? What can global cities learn from Rotterdam’s plan as the world pursues shared goals of economic prosperity and clean energy?

Ahmed Aboutaleb
Mayor, City of Rotterdam

Ahmed Aboutaleb has served as the Mayor of Rotterdam since 2008 and is actively engaged with issues such as immigration and economic development. Aboutaleb previously served as the Labor Party’s State Secretary for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment in the fourth Dutch cabinet from 2007-2008. Before entering Rotterdam politics, he was an alderman in Amsterdam from 2004-2007. Mayor Aboutaleb emigrated from Morocco at the age of fifteen in order to reunite with his family. He began his career in journalism and worked for various Dutch news stations. Aboutaleb received a degree in telecommunications from The Hague’s Technical College in 1987.

Fay Hartog Levin
Distinguished Fellow

Ambassador Fay Hartog Levin is a distinguished fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs where she works on a variety of political, international, and environmental issues. Levin is a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, teaching a course on federalism and state social policy. She also serves as a trustee of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in Baltimore, MD. From 2009-2011, Ambassador Levin was the 65th ambassador of the United States of America to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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