GREEN ENERGY Loans In YOUR TOWN a Rockefeller “Predatory” Property DEBT and Foreclosure Scheme


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GREEN ENERGY Loans In YOUR TOWN a Rockefeller “Predatory” Property DEBT and Foreclosure Scheme


a Rockefeller “Predatory” Property DEBT
and Foreclosure Scheme
We have provided an “example” of how YOUR county or city approves these loans on your behalf by attaching the County of Sonoma – Authorization for Third-Party PACE Financing Project in Unincorporated Sonoma County – Please understand this is an “example” of what you WILL find in YOUR city or County.
To participate in the city or county Residential PACE Program, YOUR city or county 
must pass a resolution to opt in.
We refer to PACE LOANS here, however, please know there are many Green Energy Loans offered by other Rockefeller/Rothschild Financing lenders, as you will see below.
FOR YOU . . . 
Your cities have “already” adopted Climate Action PLANS requiring YOU to reduce GHG green house gas emissions.  
Each and everyone of us will be “Forced” into upgrading (retrofitting) our homes and businesses with energy efficient wireless appliances IN ORDER TO COMPLY with sustainable energy reduction goals.  
Some examples of retrofit schemes are:
Replace heating and cooling systems – to electric ONLY,
Replace thermostats, 
High energy efficiency window replacements (caution with the windows – some high efficiency windows magnify the sun light, focusing a beam which can cause ignition and fire),
No more incandescent light bulbs (caution LED’s cause many illnesses – see our video “LED Lights – a Silent Weapons Assault”.  
More RETROFIT REQUIREMENTS replace roofs to cool roofs, solar requirements and battery back-up storage (caution with batteries – Lithium Ion Batteries can explode causing fires that are difficult to extinguish).  
These energy loans will assist in paying for electrical work necessary to eliminate natural gas everything, and replace with ALL ELECTRIC.  Natural gas is being eliminated in new and existing buildings.
Retrofits will be required and enforced by code enforcement officers.  Buildings that are NOT retrofitted with energy efficient improvements will be cited and code violations will be issued and violations must be remedied in order to, to purchase, or to finance the greenretrofitting that is required.

PACE Programs finance energy efficiency, water conservation, and seismic strengthening improvements.

According to PACE LITERATURE – WE are eligible to over “90” energy improvements

Energy Efficient ALL Smart Wireless Appliances, kitchen and bathroom faucets that are wireless and connect to your wireless water meters to allocate and reduce your water and electric consumption, remotely.
Other examples of qualifying projects include high efficiency air conditioners and heating systems, windows, cool roofs, insulation, rooftop solar panels and smart irrigation systems, water conservation, artificial turf (look up how artificial turfdegrades and the into a toxic plastic and leaches into the soil and water supplies), drought-tolerant landscaping, drip irrigation, bathroom and kitchen upgrades, to name a few.
PACE means Property Assessed Clean Energy
These Rockefeller Loans are FUNDING the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Action Plans that require retrofitting of ALL structures, worldwide. (Read the 17 Sustainable Development Goals – read #11 )


From the PACE website:

The Los Angeles County Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program enables “homeowners” to install energy efficiency, renewable energy and water-saving improvements to their properties without putting any money down! Under PACE, homeowners may work with one of two County-approved program administrators, PACEFUNDING and HERO, to finance these home improvements.

A unique financing tool, PACE allows LA County to issue a bond to a lender, which secures funding for the installation of energy and water efficiency, and renewable energy projects that are permanently fixed to the property. Homeowners then repay financing annually through an assessment on their property tax bill.

PACE financing enhances home values, lowers homeowners’ energy bills, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and creates green jobs.

PACE Program finance energy efficiency, water conservation, and seismic strengthening improvements.


We are told through a competitive solicitation our County or city chose two administrators for energy financing programs to operate its Residential Clean Energy Financing. 

We are told that choosing two administrators for the Clean Energy Financing creates competition and gives homeowners more choices.  Of course, this is NOT true!  All Green Energy Financing schemes, to lower our green house gas emissions, are CONTROLLED by the International Banksters.

So, the bankers enslave us, asset stripe us, and more, by targeting us with directed energy weapons and creating weather warfare.  
The bankers sell weather warfare as climate change. REALLY!  
We are forced to take on MORE debt to finance green energy retrofitting whether YOU want to or not – due to climate change.  
Here is a partial list of PACE Energy Loan Conditions:

NOTE: Clean Energy Financing enhances home values AND triggers a property value INCREASE that you will pay on your annual property tax bill.  Your property will be reassessed after implementing Green Energy REQUIREMENTS.

Understand the conditions under which prepayment penalties are triggered

The Pace Energy Loan is billed to you on your property tax bill, on a separate line item. and the holders of PACE bonds have the right to foreclose against the property if your payment fails behind by 60 days.  However, it is unlikely that “one” missed PACE assessment will trigger a judicial foreclosure and threaten the participant with the loss of their home.  

Energy Loans allow for people to finance up to 10% of the property value
(Meaning these loans are secured by 90% equity position – a Foreclosures DREAM)
Entering into an assessment contract without the consent of an existing lender(s) or mortgage servicer(s) may constitute an event of default under such agreements or security instruments. Defaulting under an existing mortgage agreement or security instrument could have serious consequences to property owners, which could include demand for payment in full or foreclosure.
No Income Qualification – possibly creating debt a property owner can NOT afford – and  then the subsequent loss of property through foreclosure.
PACE Financing Programs available for commercial offices, apartment buildings, schools, industrial facilities, hotels.
Contractors must be registered with either the LA County HERO or PACEFUNDING programs in order to install products eligible for PACE financing. Both LA County HERO and PACEFUNDING have many participating contractors.
The Energy Financing is in first position ABOVE your existing mortgage – A clever Banksters setup.

In July 2010, launch of LA County’s Residential PACE program was put on hold due to concerns raised by the Federal Housing Finance Authority. Now that LA County is launching Residential PACE, do these FHFA concerns still pose an issue? YES . . .

In July 2010, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued a statement that PACE programs present safety and soundness concerns to the mortgage portfolios held by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The concerns were related directly to the priority lien status of the PACE assessments and the associated right of a PACE bondholder to initiate a foreclosure proceeding for non-payment of the PACE assessment and be first in line to receive any payment resulting from the foreclosure process. Despite these objections, several PACE programs continued to operate throughout the country and have not encountered problems with the FHFA. In response to the FHFA objections, the County has developed the County-wide, County-managed, consumer and lender-friendly residential PACE Program that includes a number of measures to mitigate the potential risks associated with FHFA objections, including a substantial amount of disclosures to property owners on the risks associated with entering into a PACE assessment contract. More information can be found at the following LA County website in the August 12, 2014 and March 3, 2015 Board of Supervisors meetings.

The Public is Taught Climate Change is Caused by
too Many People Using too Much Stuff!
Thought Control IS Replacing FACTS  
Understand we are under a worldwide corporate government of occupation.  
Definition of Occupation –
Seizure and control of a country by military forces
using technologies as weapon systems.  
Silent weapon systems are engaged to massively control
and reduce the populations.


The following is from the Sonoma County meeting documents:
Our County’s Energy and Sustainability Division (the “Division”) of General Services has been contacted by California Statewide Communities Development

PACE Program to finance energy efficiency, water conservation, and seismic strengthening improvements.

California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) and CleanFund will coordinate with the Tax Collector’s Office for the inclusion of the tax levy and repayment for the subject property’s tax bill. 

Our Board established the Sonoma County PACE Financing Marketplace (Marketplace), authorizing two joint powers authorities and their third-party property assessed clean energy (PACE) providers to operate in the unincorporated areas of the County. In 2015 and 2016, your Board authorized two additional joint powers authorities and their third party PACE providers to enter the Marketplace. Board action is required to authorize each new marketplace entrant.

There are many PACE administrators operating throughout the state. Below is a table showing the PACE programs operating in Sonoma County and additional programs operating outside of the County. 

Your County authorizing Multiple actions related to Sonoma County Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing Marketplace, Golden State Finance Authority, and Ygrene Energy Fund.

3/17/2015 – Resolution to add the FigTree Financing PACE program to the Marketplace and authorize the California Enterprise Development Authority to conduct contractual assessment proceedings and levy contractual assessments within the unincorporated territory of the County.

10/21/2014 – Multiple actions to create Sonoma County Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing Marketplace, including the addition of CaliforniaFIRST and HERO PACE financing to the Marketplace; joining the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) JPA; and authorizing WRCOG and the California Statewide Communities Development Authority to accept applications from property owners, conduct contractual assessment proceedings, and levy contractual assessments within the unincorporated territory of the County. 

Listed below are many Green Energy Lenders with financing offered by Rockefeller/Rothschild:  

3rd Party PACE Administrator

Renew Financial    Ygrene    Renovate America     Dividend (formerly Figtree Financing)

PACE Funding    Counterpointe SRE    Clean Fund     Petros PACE Finance     Energy Efficient Equity

Blue Flame Energy Finance LLC     Structured Finance Associates     OnPACE Energy

Twain Financial     Samas Commercial    PACE Equity

PACE Programs – (search for more energy related loans offered in the U.S. by the International Bankers)

Sonoma County Energy Independence Program       CaliforniaFIRST       Ygrene

HERO       Dividend (formerly Figtree Financing)       E3 PACE

BluePACE       Structured Finance 


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File #: 2019-1438    Version: 1
Type: Consent Calendar Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 10/8/2019 In control: General Services
On agenda: 10/8/2019 Final action:
Title: Authorization for Third-Party PACE Financing Project in Unincorporated Sonoma County
Department or Agency Name(s): General Services
Attachments: 1. Summary.pdf, 2. Att1-Authorization for Third-Party PACE Project-CSCDA Resolution.pdf, 3. Att2-CSCDA JPA Agreement – Sonoma County 1988.pdf, 4. Att3-CSCDA Consumer Protection Policies 2017.pdf
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Definition: Resilience

Definition: Resilience

In the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Programme, resilience is defined as “the ability of a system or organisation to withstand and recover from adversity”.

A resilient organisation is one that is still able to achieve its core objectives in the face of adversity through a combination of measures.

Physical protection may make up an important part of resilience, but it is not the only factor. Resilience is also underpinned by good design of infrastructure networks, effective emergency response, business continuity planning, and recovery arrangements.

In the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Programme, resilience is defined as “the ability of a system or organisation to withstand and recover from adversity”.

A resilient organisation is one that is still able to achieve its core objectives in the face of adversity through a combination of measures.

Physical protection may make up an important part of resilience, but it is not the only factor. Resilience is also underpinned by good design of infrastructure networks, effective emergency response, business continuity planning, and recovery arrangements. 

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Carbon Sink – Definition

Carbon Sink – Definition
Healthy forests are carbon sinkspulling in more greenhouse gases than they release during naturaldecay.
areas of vegetation, esp forests, and the phytoplankton-rich seas that absorb the carbon dioxide produced by the burning of fossil fuels

The ocean, a carbon sink

A carbon sink is a natural or artificial reservoir that absorbs and stores the atmosphere’s carbon with physical and biological mechanisms. Coal, oil, natural gases, methane hydrate and limestone are all examples of carbon sinks. After long processes and under certain conditions, these sinks have stored carbon for millennia. On the contrary, the use of these resources, considered as fossil, re-injects the carbon they hold into the atmosphere. Nowadays, other carbon sinks come into play: humus storing soils (such as peatlands), some vegetalizing environments (such as forming forests) and of course some biological and physical processes which take place in a marine environment. 

These processes form the well-known « ocean carbon pump ». It is composed of two compartments: a biological pump* which transfers surface carbon towards the seabed via the food web (it is stored there in the long term), and the physical pump* which results from ocean circulation. In the Polar Regions, more dense water flows towards the Deep Sea dragging down dissolved carbon. Actually, in high latitudes water stores CO2 more easily because low temperatures facilitate atmospheric CO2 dissolution (hence the importance of Polar Regions in the carbon cycle). It is difficult to determine the quantity of carbon stored by these mechanisms, but it is estimated that the ocean concentrates 50 times more carbon than the atmosphere. For some scientists, the Deep Sea and its water column may be the largest carbon sink on Earth but its large-scale future is still unknown. Also, with ocean acidification, this process could become less efficient because of a lack of available carbonates*.

When talking about carbon storage, the notion of time is crucial. The biological pump is sensitive to disturbances. Consequently, it can be destabilized and re-emit carbon into the atmosphere.

The physical pump acts on another time-scale. It is less sensitive to disturbances but it is affected on a long-term basis. Once the machine is activated, it will be difficult to stop it. The carbon, transferred to the Deep Sea due to ocean circulation, is temporarily removed from the surface cycle but this process is rather poorly quantified. Also, after a journey of several hundred years, what will this carbon become when these waters resurface?


The biological pump is actually easier to assess. It relies on ecosystems’ good health. In the high seas for instance, the planktonic ecosystem is a major player. All organic materials that reach the bottom participate in the biological pump and when conditions permit it, they also participate in oil formation. Calcium-containing materials such as coccolithophore, a microscopic one-celled alga, participate in subtracting carbon from the natural cycle. When they die, they generate a vertical net flux of carbon. This carbon can then be stored in the Deep Sea for long geological periods. These processes can leave traces. For instance, chalk cliffs are an accumulation of coccolithophores (micro algae covered with plating made of limestone) on the ocean seabed, which have later resurfaced to the continent due to geological movement.


Healthy coastal ecosystems play a mitigation* role against climate change, especially by capturing carbon for their development. For instance, mangroves, seagrass beds and salt marshes are significant carbon sinks. These last three examples, store at least ten times more carbon than continental forests when they develop by capturing carbon in their calcium skeleton. However, these coastal ecosystems cover little surface on a global planet scale. Also, these ecosystems are weakened by coastal urbanization and coastal economic activities. Ecosystem restoration remains a priority to improve storage of carbon excessively released into the atmosphere and requires ambitious policies.

In order to combat climate change, geoengineering* techniques to store CO2 artificially in the ocean carbon sink are under consideration. The scientific community is rather concerned because negative consequences of potential disequilibrium have not been explored yet. However, the concept of carbon sink is very controversial. The carbon cycle is rather complex as it is associated with other cycles which favour global warming. Consequently, storing CO2 also releases steam water, which plays an important part in the greenhouse effect. In addition, because of the increase in greenhouse gas concentration, the water temperature and its acidity are changing. This modifies physical, chemical and biological equilibriums and may affect the ocean pump. All of this data should encourage us to think about the future of marine ecosystems. This uncertainty should encourage us to be more careful and to preserve marine ecosystems.

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Coastal Resilience and Regional Adaptation | Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS)

Coastal Resilience and Regional Adaptation

Coastal Resilience and Regional Adaptation

In partnership with MCAS Beaufort and the state of South Carolina, Marines volunteered to assist installation staff construct a living shoreline with oyster shell and bamboo stakes donated by the state government at the station’s Laurel Bay Boat Ramp.


Why? The Southeast is facing various changes, ranging from increased flooding, storm surge, coastal erosion, and extreme temperature and precipitation variations, to the effects of increased coastal population, urban sprawl and developmental pressures on coastal industries and activities. These challenges pose and opportunity for military installations, communities and organizations/agencies in the Southeast to consider the need for actions to improve resiliency.

How? Identifying the most significant risks and vulnerabilities due to these challenges, especially those that impact coastal military installations and communities in the region, will help determine how SERPPAS can effectively engage to minimize these risks.  This could include evaluating historically effective SERPPAS programs (species at risk, compatible land use, etc) and develop additional tools to assist with coastal resilience.

Benefit? Regional coordination on these issues can further enhance military installation mission sustainment; minimize the potential for new coastal species placement on the endangered species list and/or critical habitat designated in the vicinity of military installations; prioritize watershed protection for increased water supply resilience to installations and surrounding communities; increase the geographical effectiveness of protecting military installations and communities to coastal and severe weather events; and increase collaboration and shared knowledge among natural resource agencies and the military, resulting in increased resilience for installations on the coast and elsewhere in the region.

Documents Library

Date Title Author
01/31/18 Department of Defense Climate-Related Risk to DoD Infrastructure Initial Vulnerability Assessment Survey (SLVAS) Report DOD
12/05/16 SECAS Fact Sheet SECAS
11/07/16 Opportunities to Enhance the Nation’s Resilience to Climate Change The White House Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
09/21/16 Presidential Memorandum: Climate Change and National Security The White House
09/21/16 Implications for US National Security of Anticipated Climate Change National Intelligence Council
09/01/16 The US Military on the Front Lines of Rising Seas Union of Concerned Scientists
09/01/16 Living Shorelines in the Southeast: Research and Data Gaps GSAA
07/14/16 Guide for Considering Climate Change in Coastal Conservation NOAA
04/01/16 Regional Sea Level Scenarios for Coastal Risk Management: Managing the Uncertainty of Future Sea Level Change and Extreme Water Levels for Department of Defense Coastal Sites Worldwide DoD
01/14/16 DoD Directive 4715.21: Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
10/19/15 Southeast Regional Climate Assessment Steven McNulty, et. al.
07/09/15 Keeping North Carolina’s Farms and Forests Vibrant and Resilient – An Adaptive Management Strategy North Carolina Agriculture and Forestry Adaptation Work Group
04/01/15 Climate Change Adaptation in United States Federal Natural Resource Science and Management Agencies: A Synthesis Jessica E. Halofsky, David L. Peterson, and Kailey W. Marcinkowski
02/23/15 Climate Change Adaptation by Federal Agencies: An Analysis of Plans and Issues for Congress Jane E. Leggett
12/31/14 Connecting on Climate: A Guide to Effective Climate Change Communication Center for Research on Environmental Decisions – Earth Institute, Columbia University
10/22/14 Priority Agenda: Enhancing the Climate Resilience of America’s Natural Resources Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
10/19/14 Department of Defense 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap Department of Defense
07/31/14 The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change Council of Economic Advisors – Executive Office of the President of the United States
05/31/14 Climate Change Adaptation: DoD Can Improve Infrastructure Planning and Processes to Better Account for Potential Impacts United States Government Accountability Office
05/06/14 Climate Change Impacts in the United States – U.S. National Climate Assessment Melillo, Jerry M., Terese (T.C.) Richmond, and Gary W. Yohe, Eds.
03/31/14 GAO-14-74, Climate Change: Energy Infrastructure Risks & Adaptation Efforts United States Government Accountability Office
03/19/14 IPCC Summary for Policy Makers Stocker, T.F., D. Qin, G.-K. Plattner, M. Tignor, S.K. Allen, J. Boschung, A. Nauels, Y. Xia, V. Bex and P.M. Midgley (eds.)
03/19/14 What We Know: The Reality, Risks and Response to Climate Change The AAAS Climate Science Panel
03/04/14 Quadrennial Defense Review 2014 Department of Defense
12/31/13 Department of Army High-Level Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Engineer Research Development Center
06/25/13 The President’s Climate Action Plan Executive Office of the President
01/01/13 Assessing Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Military Installations: Policy Implications Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, US Department of Defense
10/01/11 Trends and Implications of Climate Change for National Security (Defense Science Board) Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
06/01/11 Implications of Climate Change for U.S. Naval Forces Committee on National Security Implications of Climate Change for U.S. Naval Forces; National Research Council
11/01/10 USAF Climate Change Projections Mr. Raymond Kiess / Lt Col Jason Patla, Director of Operations, 14th Weather Squadron

Websites and Resources Library

Tagged Resources

Listed below are websites containing information related to living shorelines. SERPPAS is interested in exploring wider use of living shorelines at those military installations where estuarine shorelines and the adjacent estuarine habitat could be benefited and the military’s long-term ability to use the property appropriately would be protected and enhanced. The purpose of the tagged resources below is to provide a guide for SERPPAS members and the public who wish to gather more information about living shorelines. Each website header is hyperlinked to a web address; additionally, you may find a summary of the types of content contained within each website below the header. This list is not exhaustive, and may be updated over time as new information is collected. A filtering function is also present and available for use so that the list of websites can be narrowed down according to content type.

APNEP – Policy Board Meeting Materials

Resources/News Articles
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Ecological Impacts
Resources/News Articles
Financial Assistance
Engineering with Nature

Resources/News Articles
Projects & Case Studies
Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Ecological Impacts
Resources/News Articles
Comparative Docs
Projects & Case Studies
Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Economic Impacts
Ecological Impacts
Resources/News Articles
NOAA Ocean and Coastal Resource Management

Economic Impacts
Ecological Impacts
Resources/News Articles
Comparative Docs
North Carolina Coastal Federation

Ecological Impacts
Resources/News Articles
Comparative Docs
Projects & Case Studies
Oyster Restoration Workgroup

Ecological Impacts
Resources/News Articles
Comparative Docs
Projects & Case Studies
Southern Environmental Law Center

Economic Impacts
Resources/News Articles
Comparative Docs
The Nature Conservancy – Coastal Resilience

Resources/News Articles
Comparative Docs
Projects & Case Studies
Virginia Institute of Marine Science – Center for Coastal Resources Management

Ecological Impacts
Resources/News Articles
Comparative Docs
Projects & Case Studies


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GREECE and the Rothschild Rockefeller “Resilient” PLAN . . .

FIRES in GREECE and the Rothschild Rockefeller “Resilient” PLAN . . .
  1. How the fires in Mati, Greece, spread – a visual guide | World news …  Highlight

    8 hours ago … The fire, which killed scores of people and injured almost 200, rapidly took hold on Monday. 
  2. Athens – 100 Resilient Cities  Highlight

    Linking the resilience strategy with other plans in Athens. Athens’ … by both intense heat (climate change) and earthquakes. … Change Adaptation and Mitigation Action plan was ….. Since 2009, Greece has been in recession, with depressed. 
  3. Greece wildfires: Is it safe to travel to Greece? – The Telegraph  Highlight

    1 day ago … A blaze swept through the resort town of Mati, in the Attica region, an hour from … Rachel Howard, one of Telegraph Travel’s Greece experts, said that only the … “ Never throw away lit cigarettes [and] avoid outdoor activities that may cause fire. … The European Environment Agency says that climate change … 
  4. In Greece, Wildfires Kill Dozens, Driving Some Into the Sea – The …  Highlight

    1 day ago … Heat waves can be linked to climate change in several ways: Increased … On Tuesday, after touring Mati, a coastal village wiped out by fire, … 
  5. Survivors of the Greek wildfires in Mati, near Athens, speak out  Highlight

    11 hours ago … A survivor of the horrific inferno that engulfed Mati, Greece, spoke about her ordeal after flames engulfed her house and killed dozens nearby.
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FOSSIL FUEL ENDING: Rockefellers to switch investments to ‘clean energy’ – BBC News

Total Disruption is about to occur with the discontinued use of gas driven cars, trucks, buses, farm equipment, gas powered tools, and everything else gas.  Kiss your gas Good Bye!
Our petroleum was NEVER a fossil fuel which NEVER came from dead dinosaurs or plant material, but does that really matter?  Those with the money are changing civilization as we have know it and leading all of us into
chaos, financial ruin, and stealing resources that will disrupt our ability to live . . .


Rockefellers to switch investments to ‘clean energy’ 9/23/2014

Media captionValerie Rockefeller Wayne, chair of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, spoke to the BBC about the decisionHeirs to the Rockefeller family, which made its vast fortune from oil, are to sell investments in fossil fuels and reinvest in clean energy, reports say.

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is joining a coalition of philanthropists pledging to rid themselves of more than $50bn (£31bn) in fossil fuel assets.

The announcement was made on Monday, a day before the UN climate change summit opens on Tuesday.

Some 650 individuals and 180 institutions have joined the coalition.

It is part of a growing global initiative called Global Divest-Invest, which began on university campuses several years ago, the New York Times reports.

Pledges from pension funds, religious groups and big universities have reportedly doubled since the start of 2014.

UN summit

Rockefeller Brothers Fund director Stephen Heintz said the move to divest from fossil fuels would be in line with oil tycoon John D Rockefeller’s wishes,

“We are quite convinced that if he were alive today, as an astute businessman looking out to the future, he would be moving out of fossil fuels and investing in clean, renewable energy,” Mr Heintz said in a statement.

A general view shows the plenary session at the Bella Center of Copenhagen on 19 December 2009 at the end of the COP15 UN Climate Change Conference. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The last major conference on climate change, in Copenhagen in 2009, ended without resultsThe philanthropic organisation was founded in 1940 by the sons of John D Rockefeller. As of 31 July 2014, the fund’s investment assets were worth $860m.

“There is a moral imperative to preserve a healthy planet,” Valerie Rockefeller Wayne, a great-great-granddaughter of Mr Rockefeller and a trustee of the fund, is quoted by the Washington Post as saying.

A climate change summit is due to start on Tuesday at the UN headquarters in New York, with 125 heads of state and government members expected to attend.

It is the first such gathering since the unsuccessful climate conference in Copenhagen in 2009.

At the scene: Matt McGrath, Environment Correspondent, BBC News

The event held to launch the Rockefellers’ news was more revivalist meeting than press conference. There was whooping, cheering, hollering and stamping of feet.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu appeared by video and told the assembly that the move was “a tipping point of transition to a new energy economy that was just and equitable”.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund director Stephen Heintz said dryly that “everyone noted the irony” that a foundation built on oil wealth would now be leading the charge out of fossil fuel.

Actor Mark Ruffalo, who also signed the pledge, told the conference: “These are not silly people, these are people who know how to deal with money.”

They recognised that clean energy was “the future”, he said – prompting more whooping, cheering and stamping of feet.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hopes leaders can make progress on a universal climate agreement to be signed by all nations at the end of 2015.

On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of marchers took to the streets in more than 2,000 locations worldwide, demanding urgent action on climate change and calling for curbs on carbon emissions.

Business leaders, environmentalists and celebrities also joined the demonstrations, which were organised by The People’s Climate March.

Media captionHuge crowds attended climate marches in New York and other cities around the world on Sunday


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Building Resilience: A Climate Adaptation Plan NASHVILLE

Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Respectfully prepared in partnership with Climate Solutions University for the citizens of
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Nashville, Tennessee 37201
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A Climate Adaptation Plan



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Google Is Building a City of the Future in Toronto. Would Anyone Want to Live There? – POLITICO Magazine

An illustration of a futuristic Toronto, with Google's logo looming over the skyline. | Illustration by Ben Fearnley
Illustration by Ben Fearnley


Google Is Building a City of the Future in Toronto. Would Anyone Want to Live There?

It could be the coolest new neighborhood on the planet—or a peek into the Orwellian metropolis that knows everything you did last night.

TORONTO—Even with a chilly mid-May breeze blowing off Lake Ontario, this city’s western waterfront approaches idyllic. The lake laps up against the boardwalk, people sit in colorful Adirondack chairs and footfalls of pedestrians compete with the cry of gulls. But walk east, and the scene quickly changes. Cut off from gleaming downtown Toronto by the Gardiner Expressway, the city trails off into a dusty landscape of rock-strewn parking lots and heaps of construction materials. Toronto’s eastern waterfront is bleak enough that Guillermo del Toro’s gothic film The Shape of Water used it as a plausible stand-in for Baltimore circa 1962. Says Adam Vaughan, a former journalist who represents this district in Canada’s Parliament, “It’s this weird industrial land that’s just been sitting there—acres and acres of it. And no one’s really known what to do with it.”

That was before Google.

This past October, a coalition of the Toronto, Ontario and Canadian governments contracted with Sidewalk Labs, a sister company of Google, to come up with a $50 million design for a dozen acres on the waterfront’s far eastern end. The idea is to reimagine Toronto’s derelict waterfront as “the world’s first neighborhood built from the internet up,” as Sidewalk describes it. The neighborhood, called Quayside, would leapfrog the usual slow walk of gentrification to build an entire zone, all at once, as a “smart city,” a sensor-enabled, highly wired metropolis that can run itself.

Toronto’s choice of the Google-affiliated firm immediately captured the attention of urban planners and city officials all over the world; magazine stories trumpeted “Google’s Guinea-Pig City” and “A Smarter Smart City.” Still in its early days, the partnership has left people curious but wary. Google? What does a tech company know about running a real live city?

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