Spring 2017

World Trade Leaders Opine On Uncertain Future of Trade At VX2017

Issue: 
Vilma Martinez

How will business activities, especially in the clean tech and innovation sector, be affected by federal policies? At VX2017, VerdeXchange and the World Trade Center-Los Angeles convened political leaders to discuss the importance of trade and investment to the region and the United States in general.

De-Risking Cities: Connectivity and Cybersecurity

Issue: 
Cheryl Santor

With more and more infrastructure coming to rely on a network of computers communicating around the clock, the most critical functions of our cities could soon be more vulnerable than ever before. In the Internet age, urban “resilience” means not only responding to climate change, but also protecting our ubiquitous networks from both hack and glitch. At VX2017, cybersecurity experts discussed how agencies are staying ahead of the curve of the new, advanced technology taking over our cities.

Resiliency & Climate Adaptation Case Study: How Communities Are Mobilizing

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Resiliency and climate adaptation efforts seek to buffer humans from the impacts of climate change. In South Louisiana, entire communities are now at-risk to the impacts of sea-level rise. VX News speaks with Steven Bingler, the leader of one of the most innovative, community-led resiliency projects that is seeking to design a bipartisan blueprint for climate adaptation work in the region.

Leadership & Wise Investments Have Served Fresno Well: Mayor Ashley Swearengin

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Over the past eight years, Fresno has been in the skilled hands of Ashley Swearengin. A veteran of water, transportation, and economic development battles, the former Mayor opines on lessons learned during her productive eight years. VX News is pleased to present an exit interview with former Mayor Swearengin.

In 'Post-Renewable' California, Energy Delivery & Pricing Changing Rapidly

Issue: 
CPUC Chair Michael Picker

The growing set of renewable energy technologies, programs and financing schemes that customers are seeing today include claims that you can go “off the grid” for $30 per month. At VX2017, energy leaders from the regulatory, utility, and business community came together to confirm the realities, the true costs, and the societal impacts of distributed generation, home storage, and an “interactive grid”.

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