The Apollo Alliance, the City of Newark, and listed partners commit:
- to bring together a diverse group of resource people and community leaders to give time, dollars, expertise, and enthusiasm to planning and hosting Newark's Green Future Summit in late spring 2008
- to develop a roadmap for sustainable development in the City of Newark with ideas emerging from the Summit; and
- to expand and support an ongoing national advisory network on sustainable community and economic development to report to the Mayor and support the city in developing green urban initiatives that create jobs, increase community welfare and expand economic opportunity.
The Clinton Global Initiative has provided an incredible opportunity for The Apollo Alliance and its partners to come together to focus their collective resources on helping build a green, prosperous Newark that will be a leader in the clean energy economy. Newark is a city of great assets: her people, her geography, her history, her beauty. At the same time, the city is at a critical moment where it needs to use those assets strategically to build a more equitable, sustainable, and economically stable future. The Mayor of Newark, Cory Booker, has inspired many to help him work towards his vision for Newark - and healthy, efficient, equitable communities are a central piece of this vision. The Summit will be designed to help the Mayor and his community partners realize this vision.
This commitment brings together those working on the ground in Newark with policymakers, leaders, and experts from other communities who can provide lessons and expertise on best practices around the world, as well as concrete financial resources, to support Newark in its move toward a clean energy future. The Apollo Alliance and partners commit to working with Mayor Booker and the city's non-profit and for-profit leaders, at the Summit and beyond, to identify new projects and policies, attract new investment and industries, and work toward a greener future for Newark. The Apollo Alliance will focus on concrete projects to build Newark's green economy, create new jobs and 'pathways out of poverty' into these jobs, and capture energy savings that the city can re-invest in new green projects in the future.
The Apollo Alliance, working with all partners, will develop the agenda and identify the participants for the Green Future Summit, to take place in the late spring of 2008. The Summit will involve experts and leaders from around the country who have designed and implemented projects and programs that have resulted in positive environmental and economic benefits in other cities or regions. The Summit will produce a 'roadmap to Newark's green future,' with a specific implementation plan and timetable for realizing Newark's goals. The Apollo Alliance hopes to secure $200,000 to begin implementing projects identified at the Summit as priorities for immediate action.
The Apollo Alliance and partners will consider the Summit a success if it results in a clear roadmap to Newark's green future that is grounded in the Mayor's vision of that future, and that includes a concrete set of implementation steps. This roadmap will be one measure of success, as will the creation and expansion of the Newark Green Future Network, an expert advisory group on green jobs and sustainable community strategies to provide ongoing support to the Mayor and city government. In addition, this project's ability to generate interest in and future financing for Newark's green future action plan will be an important measure of success.
Anticipated Launch: Summit planning in Fall-Winter 2007; Summit in late Spring 2008.
October 2007 - January 2008: Complete internal Summit planning including initial conversations with Mayor Booker's office, staffing plan, engagements with partners, and identification of Summit speakers and participants. All partners will participate in these activities, though the Apollo Alliance will play the convening role.
January - March 2008: Outreach to Newark residents and leaders on Summit; refining agenda based on community feedback (all partners). Outreach to press and funders to attend and cover the Summit/help fund post-Summit activities.
Late Spring 2008: Summit to take place in Newark.
Summer 2008: Begin implementation measures.
The Apollo Alliance and partners are making this commitment with a diverse group of partners. The Office of the Mayor of Newark, Lucy Blake and the Apollo Alliance, Baye Wilson and the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, Wendy Neu, Bracken Hendricks and the Center for American Progress, Van Jones and Green For All, Majora Carter and Sustainable South Bronx, and Aimee Christensen and Christensen Global Strategies have agreed to work together to design this Summit to meet Newark's needs and to support post-Summit initiatives in whatever way each individual or group can. Partners have committed, for instance, to producing a policy roadmap for green-collar job creation, clean energy opportunities, and sustainable urban development, and to promote publicity and broader communications around this work product, as well as continuing to serve on an ongoing Mayor's advisory, Newark Green Futures Network. After the Summit, the Network will be actively seeking individuals, corporations, and other funders who want to partner with Mayor Booker to fully realize his vision for Newark's green future.