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Confirmed Cities Attending
Babylon, NY

Baltimore, MD

Boston, MA

Chicago, IL

Cleveland, OH

Detroit, MI

Flagstaff, AZ

Louisville, KY

Milwaukee, WI

Minneapolis, MN

Newark, NJ

New York, NY

Philadelphia, PA

Saint Paul, MN

San Francisco, CA

Seattle, WA

Washington, DC

About Living Cities

Founded in 1991, Living Cities is an innovative philanthropic collaborative of 21 of the world's largest foundations and financial institutions. Living Cities focuses on improving the lives of low-income people and the urban areas in which they live. Over the past 18 years, Living Cities' members have collectively invested over $600 million which has, in turn, leveraged more than $16 billion in tangible community assets—a remarkable leverage ratio of 29:1. This funding has helped build homes, stores, schools, child care, health care and job-training centers and other community assets.

About the Camp

More than 120 leaders from cities across the country will convene for two days of intensive training and peer networking to discuss their leading-edge efforts to create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through large-scale building energy efficiency retrofit initiatives.

The Living Cities “Green Boot Camp: Recovery through Retrofitting” will be May 31-June 2 at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and the nearby Charles Hotel in Cambridge. The program will begin at 6 p.m. on May 31 and conclude at 5 p.m. on June 2.

Press Inquiries

Please contact Andrea Martone at (917) 929-0527 or via email at

Meeting Materials
Living_Cities_Multi-family_Utility_Usage_Report (PDF)
Green Boot Camp Resource Guide (PDF)
Green Boot Camp Participant List (PDF)
Green Boot Camp Participant Bios (PDF)
Green Boot Camp Final Agenda (PDF)

Highlights will include:
  • A panel discussion with senior officials from the U.S. departments of energy, housing and urban development, and labor on the strategic investment of federal stimulus funding
  • Auden Schendler, the sustainability director for the Aspen Ski Company, will talk about: "Losing Money through the Walls: Why we can't save the planet without a massive building retrofit program." Schendler is also the author of the book Getting Green Done.
  • Cross-team problem-solving sessions in which participants from different parts of the country share ideas and experiences in meeting the challenges of developing integrated, large-scale building energy retrofit systems
  • "Discover and create" sessions in which the city-led teams strategize and plan their next steps with the support of national experts