Past Initiative News

Sustainable Development Expert, Jeff Soule, to Visit Trinidad and Tobago On Behalf of ECPA Senior Fellows

Friday, March 08, 2013

Washington, D.C., 28 February 2013Jeff Soule, a Senior Fellow in the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), will be traveling March 9th through March 17th to participate in meetings and events in Trinidad and Tobago including the Caribbean Urban Forum which will discuss urban and land-management issues. Mr. Soule works at the American Planning Association as the Director of Outreach and International Programs.

The Senior ECPA Fellows program is a network of high-level technical experts in the fields of climate change and energy who travel between countries in the Western Hemisphere to consult with governments or other institutions. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemispheric Affairs and is administered by Partners of the Americas. There are currently 20 Senior ECPA Fellows who participate in these international exchanges. The main areas of focus for the program are: energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy infrastructure, energy poverty and access, sustainable forestry and land use, and climate change adaptation.

Mr. Soule is an expert in sustainable urban planning and development. During his exchange to Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Soule will be meeting with a wide variety of organizations and government officials, including the East Port of Spain Development Corporation, The President of Trinidad and Tobago’s International Committee on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), and the Ministry of Planning and Spatial Development. Mr. Soule will also present an outline on the value of cultural heritage and historic city centers in guiding new development and redevelopment at a session of the Caribbean Urban Forum. He is Treasurer of the United States Committee of ICOMOS and on the Executive Bureau of the Scientific Committee on Cultural Towns and Cities.

# #

Partners of the Americas is an international network that promotes social and economic development in the Americas through leadership, voluntary service, and development programs. Its mission is to connect individuals, volunteers, institutions, businesses, and communities to serve and to change lives through lasting partnerships. Partners envisions an interconnected hemisphere that maximizes the social and economic potential, and leverages the full diversity, of the Americas.