Former Honolulu mayor to speak on cities of the future

March 6, 2008 at 4:12 pm 1 comment

Andy Mitchell of Martin Riley Architects and AB417 brings news of what sounds like a fascinating lecture coming to town in a couple of weeks:

“(It) will occur in Fort Wayne on March 17th from 4:30-6:00 pm. Jeremy Harris, recent Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii will be at the auditorium at the main branch of the Allen County Public Library discussing sustainable development and the cities of the future. He is visiting with Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning and then, through some generous donations from local organizations, will be available to come up to Fort Wayne to give a presentation. He is an excellent speaker and has a vast knowledge to share with us all. I hope you can attend.”

According to his bio:

“During his three terms as Mayor, Honolulu was recognized as one of the best managed cities in the United States.”

After he left office, among other things:

“(H)e served as a national director on the board of the American Institute of Architects, and helped create a new AIA program focused on helping American cities become more sustainable. He was also appointed as a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council. Mayor Harris is currently a member of the Sustainability Roundtable of the National Academy of Science and also serves on the National Academy’s Committee to advise Congress on the future policy and research direction of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.”

It is unknown whether the lecture will be recorded. You can read more biographic tidbits about Harris after the jump below.

photo of Honolulu by shchukin on Flickr

Bio Brief: Mayor Jeremy Harris

Mayor Jeremy Harris served for more than ten years as the Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii, the 12th largest city in the United States. He retired from politics in January of 2005. Prior to becoming Mayor, Harris was Honolulu’s longest serving Managing Director, a position he held for nine years.

Under Mayor Harris’ leadership Honolulu achieved worldwide recognition.

  • 1st Place Gold Award/Large Cities, International Award for Livable Cities 2004
  • Best City Government Website in the United States, 2003
  • Special Achievement Award in Geographic Information System Technology, 2003
  • #1 City in U.S. – Use of Technology in Delivering Government Services, 2002
  • America’s Best Transit System, American Public Transportation Assoc., 2000 & 1994

During his three terms as Mayor, Honolulu was recognized as one of the best managed cities in the United States. In addition to the hundreds of awards the City received during his tenure, Mayor Harris also earned national and international acclaim. Awards include:

  • Keystone Award, American Architectural Foundation, 2005
  • Outstanding Achievement Award for Sustainability, U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2004
  • Lifetime Achievement Award in GIS Systems, ESRI, 2004
  • Lifetime Achievement Award for Support of Information Technology, CDG, 2004
  • City Livability Award for Exemplary Leadership, U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2003
  • Distinguished Leadership Award in Planning, American Planning Association, 2002

Mayor Harris is the only individual to receive the award of Public Administrator of the Year for two consecutive years from the Hawaii branch of the American Association of Public Administrators. He has served as the Public Director on the National Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects. Mayor Harris is currently a senior visiting faculty member in energy and environment at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and an advisor on sustainability to the National Academy of Science in Washington D.C.. Mayor Harris holds a Masters of Science degree in Population and Environmental Biology, specializing in urban ecosystems, from the University of California, Irvine, and is the author of a new book, The Renaissance of Honolulu, The Sustainable Rebirth of an American City.

Mayor Jeremy Harris Focus Since Elected Office – 2005-2007

Since retiring from elected office in January of 2005, after serving for three terms as Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, Mayor Harris has been a strong international voice for the development of sustainable cities. Over the last three years, the Mayor has served in a number of roles in this regard.

In 2005, he was a national director on the board of the American Institute of Architects, and helped create a new AIA program focused on helping American cities become more sustainable. He was also appointed as a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council. Mayor Harris is currently a member of the Sustainability Roundtable of the National Academy of Science and also serves on the National Academy’s Committee to advise Congress on the future policy and research direction of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In addition to these and other national endeavors, Mayor Harris is also working extensively in the international arena. The Mayor has served as a senior visiting faculty in energy and the environment at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. In this position he has developed a Certificate in Sustainable Urban Development program to train mayors and local government leaders in sustainability issues. Mayor Harris has also served as a consultant to the World Bank and the World Bank Foundation, training mayors in Malaysia and advising on a variety of environmental urban issues.

In 2007, the Mayor served as an expert for the UN Habitat and the Korean government in the development of an International Urban Training Center in Korea. At the request of the Asian Development Bank and the State Department, Mayor Harris delivered a keynote speech on urban energy policy in Manila.

Mayor Harris is the co-founder of the Mayor’s Asia-Pacific Environmental Summit (MAPES), a biennial summit conference sponsored by The Sustainable Cities Institute, the Asian Development Bank, the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives as well as other international organizations. This program for urban sustainability has established a network of Asian and Pacific Island mayors and local government leaders. In 2007 he co-chaired a MAPES summit in Melbourne, Australia, in partnership with the Mayor of Melbourne. Through The Sustainable Cities Institute, a non-governmental organization, the Mayor has also provided advice and guidance on issues related to urban sustainable development to organizations around the world.

Since retiring from elected office, Mayor Harris has served as an international keynote speaker and advisor on such topics as urban design, geographic information systems (GIS), urban architecture, energy policy and technology, urban infrastructure, sustainable tourism, capacity building, global warming, and urban sustainability. Over the last three years he has provided these services in a number of countries including China, India, Japan, Philippines, Korea, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Belize, Panama, Greece, Sweden, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, as well as dozens of American cities.

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1 Comment

  • 1. Charles M. Langley  |  March 8, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    A few people have told me about this and I definitely plan on attending; though not exactly well-versed on the topic it certainly piqued my interest.

    I’m grateful for the time slot though, as St. Patrick may need to be honored later that evening.

    CML


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