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Sarah Potts

Los Angeles City Director, Clinton Climate Initiative / C40 Cities Leadership Group, USA

Sarah Potts is the Los Angeles City Director for the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI). C40 is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally.

Operating at the nexus of business, politics, and environmentalism in Los Angeles, Ms. Potts' work focuses on low-carbon transportation, outdoor lighting efficiency, building energy efficiency, and climate adaptation. Most notably, Ms. Potts supported the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting and Mayor Villaraigosa's Office to develop and launch a major streetlight retrofit project. Once complete, the project will reduce CO2 emissions by over 40,500 tons and save the city $10 million annually in street light maintenance and energy costs - a 40% savings.

In addition, Ms. Potts recently worked with the City of Los Angeles to design and launch the Los Angeles Commercial Building Performance Partnership -- an ARRA funded initiative offering commercial building owners energy audits and innovative financing options, including PACE. Ms. Potts has also worked in the New York office of the Clinton Foundation where she coordinated CCI's External Communications, Marketing and Press. Ms. Potts holds both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in International Development from Brown University.

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