Smart Cities – Taking Active Local Response to Climate Change
Tuesday, May 3rd at 5 PM | Temple University City Center Suite 222 – Philadelphia
Opening Speech & Moderator
Jan Peelen is an advisor and deputy counselor for Infrastructure & Environment at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C. He engages governments, companies and NGOs to develop partnerships on climate adaptation, water management, smart cities and sustainable economic growth.
Prior to his posting in the United States, he fulfilled several positions at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment. He was also a program officer for the Dutch International Water Policy Program, where he was responsible for coordinating government water partnerships with several countries in Asia and Africa and promoting the Dutch water sector.
Jan has an extensive background in urban planning and infrastructure. He was involved in most of the recent national energy and transportation infrastructure projects in The Netherlands as a specialist on spatial and environmental impact assessments, strategic advisor, or project manager.
Jan holds a Master of Science degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Amsterdam, and is an alumnus of The Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network.
Dr. Giulio Busulini
Giulio Busulini is a Scientific Attache’ at the Embassy of Italy since 2010. He mainly covers the innovation and applied research portfolio as ICT, Cybersecurity and other scientific sectors as Earth sciences and advanced materials. He is also working in fundamental research (6.1 to 6.3) with US Defense agencies.
After founding the Dutch Organization for Electric Transport and spending three years within the EV industry in The Netherlands, Tim saw the opportunity for Dutch clean-tech solutions on the US East Coast. In 2013, Tim moved to New York and started East Coast Electric to promote and create business for Dutch clean-tech companies and organizations, in cooperation with the ECE program EV-Box started in the US market. Since 2015, Tim leads EV-Box North America to deliver high quality and state-of-the-art EV charging products to the US market. “We did not stop using CDs because they didn’t work anymore, we just found a better way to listen to music. The same is happening to cars today.”
Christine Knapp was appointed as the Director of the Office of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia under Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration in January of 2016. Previously, Knapp was the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Government Affairs for the Philadelphia Water Department, where she served as the main liaison to City Council and engaged numerous external stakeholders, particularly in green stormwater infrastructure implementation.
Over the past dozen years, Christine has been at the heart of Philadelphia’s sustainability efforts, including as Director of Outreach for PennFuture where she founded the Next Great City initiative to enact a common sense, cost effective sustainability policy agenda for Philadelphia. She also worked on local air pollution issues stemming from the South Philadelphia Sunoco refinery and advocated for improvements to Philadelphia’s lagging recycling program while at Clean Water Action.
Knapp has won the Florence Neilson award for her work on the board of the Recycling Alliance of Philadelphia and the Special Recognition Award from PhilaPOSH for her work building alliances between the environmental and labor movements. Knapp serves as the Past President of the Passyunk Square Civic Association, was a 2010 Center for Progressive Leadership Political Fellow and has been recognized by Leadership Philadelphia as one of 101 “emerging connectors”. She serves on the boards of PennFuture and the Citizen’s Planning Institute, and on the editorial board of Flying Kite.
Knapp graduated cum laude from Villanova University in 2001 with bachelor degrees in Political Science and Communications.
Christopher S. Crockett Ph.D., P.E.
Christopher S. Crockett, Ph.D., P.E., is the Deputy Commissioner of the Planning & Environmental Services Division at the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) which is responsible for the Green Cities/Clean Waters, wet weather, long term capital planning, asset management, energy, research and development, and laboratory programs at PWD.
Dr. Crockett has 20 years of experience in the water, stormwater, and wastewater industry participating and leading innovative projects to improve customer service, performance, revenue, environmental management, sustainability, resilience, and regulatory compliance. His accomplishments are many and include leading the award winning source water protection programs, development and implementation of new stormwater management requirements for development of impervious cover based stormwater billing and incentives for non-residential customers. Under Dr. Crockett’s leadership, his teams continue to implement the most aggressive green infrastructure program in the nation.
Dr. Crockett received his Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Drexel University where he is also an adjunct professor teaching courses in fluid mechanics, hydraulics, urban hydrology, water quality, and facility design. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania.
Raluca Ellis Ph.D.
Raluca Ellis, Ph.D., is the staff Environmental Scientist at The Franklin Institute and Director of the Climate and Urban Systems Partnership, a five-year, multi-city project focused on engaging city residents in community-based learning about local climate change impacts and city-level responses. Dr. Ellis previously held a post-doctoral research fellowship at Harvard University, where she studied the formation, transport and impact of pollution on U.S. National Parks. She serves on the School District of Philadelphia’s Green Futures Education for Sustainability Curriculum Committee, as well as the City of Philadelphia’s 80×50 Climate Action Plan Steering Committee and Department of Public Health’s Climate Change and Health Effects Advisory COmmittee. She holds a Ph.D. in environmental chemistry from the University of Toronto, where she spent time measuring air quality in urban and rural environments all over the world.