Baumer Conversations, Joan Fitzgerald with Jennifer Clark

As part of the Autumn 2020 Baumer Lecture Series, Joan Fitzgerald will give a short talk followed by a conversation with Knowlton City and Regional Planning Section Head Jennifer Clark.


Sep 9, 2020



United States


Greenovation: Urban Leadership on Climate Change examines the links between urban leadership on climate change in North American and European cities, while connecting it to equity and economic development. Since publication in March 2020, racial equity has been elevated to the forefront of urban climate action. We are witnessing a transition from urban climate action to urban climate justice. how do city planners have to redefine their agenda to make this a priority?



Joan Fitzgerald is a Professor of Urban and Public Policy at Northeastern University. She focuses on urban climate action and strategies for linking it to equity, economic development, and innovation. In her fourth book, Greenovation: Urban Leadership on Climate Change (Oxford Univ. Press, 2020), she argues that the climate strategies of too many cities represent random acts of greenness rather than integrated and aggressive action. She points to leading cities in North America and Europe and offers strategies for lagging cities to accelerate their action. Her ongoing Climate Just Cities Project examines strategies for post-Covid urban climate action to emphasize equity. She blogs on viral inequality and urban climate action on Planetizen.

Read some of Joan Fitzgerald's recent work.