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Julia Parzen

Julia Parzen has led JP Consulting for three decades, building networks, creating new programs and businesses and completing research that has helped to lead the way on urban sustainability. Parzen was co-founder of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN). She co-created Partners for Places, a multi-million grant program that brings together local government sustainability leaders and place-based foundations to advance sustainability. Early in her career, she co-founded one of the first social investment mutual funds, Working Assets Money Fund. She is co-author of "The Guide to Greening Cities" (Island Press, 2013) and three other books. 

Articles by Julia

  • O-Zones for Clean Energy

    O-Zones for Clean Energy

    With over 30 years of experience supporting teams, advising projects, and writing reports on urban sustainability; Julia Parzen is a thought leader in the field. Julia wrote for Groundswell about various Opportunity Zone initiatives that are bringing affordable solar energy to economically diverse communities across the country. We’re excited to share Julia’s comprehensive research on a few of the numerous economic incentives available to help inform the urban sustainability field nationally, and connect solar project developers looking to offer similar programs with the resources to do so.

    August 27, 2019