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How government can support climate action

The Government We Need talks with Rick Cole about local government's role in sustainability. Note: This is an episode of The Government We Need, what is now The GovFresh Podcast.

Rick Cole

Rick Cole

In this episode

Sustainability is a top priority for environmentally-conscious global leaders, and it’s an issue that we’re all faced with on a daily basis, but what role should local government play in mitigating the climate crisis?

In this episode, we talk with environmentalist and local government leader Rick Cole. Rick served as city manager of Santa Monica from 2015 to 2020, where he spearheaded ambitious initiatives on climate, homelessness, mobility, and the wellbeing of all residents. Prior to Santa Monica, Rick served as deputy mayor for Budget and Innovation for the City of Los Angeles, where he was responsible for a budget of $8.6 billion and oversaw five city departments. Rick also spent 15 years as city manager of two Southern California cities: Ventura and Azusa. He has been recognized as one of “America’s Public Officials of the Year” by Governing Magazine and one of the “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers” by Government Technology Magazine.

Rick talks with the Government We Need about creating a climate-conscious city – from policy to business and organizational collaboration – and how local governments can foster a more sustainable planet.