Former Grand Rapids Mayor Heartwell, Traverse City leaders to discuss local solutions to global climate challenge Oct. 6
Former Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell—who led his city to become the first in the state with a 100% renewable energy goal—will share his experiences from the recent Paris climate talks and discuss how cities can take local action in the fight against global climate change during a public event in Traverse City on Oct. 6.
“The actual work that affects climate happens at the local level,” Heartwell told the Groundwork Center in an interview. “When you are mayor of a city and realize your city is being impacted by climate change, if you are not aggressive, matters will be even worse in decades to come.”
Traverse City Mayor Jim Carruthers will introduce Heartwell, whose remarks will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the two mayors, a local utility official and a leading Michigan expert in clean energy.
What: An evening with George Heartwell, former mayor of Grand Rapids, and local experts and officials to discuss steps communities can take to combat climate change and become more resilient and sustainable. Read more about Heartwell’s accomplishments here.
When: Thursday, Oct. 6 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Central United Methodist Church, 222 S. Cass Street, Traverse City. This event is free and open to the public.