By Sarah Katz and Andrew Somerville
An exclusive gathering of city officials from New York, Seattle, Washington and other US cities were treated to a river boat cruise during Climate Week NYC 2017 to see fist-hand how Nordic solutions can contribute to fighting climate change.
With the New York skyline as a backdrop, guests heard from Ramboll and BIG Architects among others about their work in making cities more sustainable. Phetmano Phannavong, a Flood Risk Manager from Washington DC was impressed. “We work very closely with the City of Copenhagen and Ramboll,” he said. “It is a sincere collaboration. I feel like my counterparts in Denmark are my colleagues, and it is this kind of collaboration that is needed in order to make our cities more resilient. We need to join hands”.
During the cruise, Morten Kabell, Copenhagen’s Mayor of Environmental and Technical Issues, also talked about how Danish companies contribute to the City of Copenhagen, and about the unique opportunity to export this know-how to American cities.
And Claus Meyer, co-founder of the world renowned NOMA restaurant in Copenhagen and owner of the Great Northern Food Hall in New York, shared his insights on using food not just as a lever to acquire Michelin stars, but more importantly to empower people to change their lives, and how he brought this vision to life.
As a global contributor of sustainable solutions within energy, water, buildings, infrastructure, environment and health and management consultancy, Ramboll is participating in the UN’s Global Compact Private Sector Forum, offering a Master Class for cities in collaboration with the Cities of Copenhagen and New York, and contributing to a high level event on healthy cities of the future.
Ramboll is also a sponsor of the Leader’s Summit, organized by UN Global Compact, and taking place Thursday 21 September.