Administrator Jackson Leads Public-Private Delegation to Brazil
This week Administrator Jackson is leading an American delegation traveling to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to establish the US-Brazil Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability (JIUS). The delegation – which includes Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia and representatives from Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, Alcoa, the Rockefeller Foundation, Harvard University, C40 Cities and others – is focused on creating American jobs through expanded markets for US products, building sustainable cities and opening opportunities for all communities to join a growing green economy.
Brazil is anticipating public and private investments of $200 billion in the coming years, as Rio develops facilities and urban infrastructure in preparation for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. Recognizing this opportunity to advance urban sustainability innovations and develop a model for 21st century cities, President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced in March a set of high-level activities focused on expanding markets for US business and securing financing to demonstrate the economic, environmental, and health benefits of green cities. The JIUS is the next step in that effort.
“This is a perfect example of our environmental and our economic priorities coming together. It is a chance for American businesses, urban development experts and EPA officials to meet with our counterparts in Brazil and talk about our shared opportunities to create jobs while advancing urban sustainability and building healthier places to live and work,” said Administrator Jackson. “With the significant investments in sustainable urban growth that Rio is making in the next four years, it is essential that we go there to both learn and share our expertise. We want to be a part of activities that can create new jobs for American companies and foster cleaner, greener communities for the American people.”
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