• Alberto Pallecchi
    Alberto Pallecchi
    World Resources Institute (WRI), Acting Director, Faith and Sustainability

    Alberto Pallecchi is Acting Director of WRI Faith and Sustainability, an initiative which supports faith-based projects in the area of sustainability and enables faith-based communities to build capacity for locally led solutions to sustainability challenges. Prior to joining WRI, Alberto worked with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA, ACP-EU) and the European University Institute (EUI). He holds a cum laude master’s degree in political science from La Sapienza University of Rome, a second master’s degree in international communication from Hanze University of Groningen, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Roma Tre University.

  • Federico Maria Butera
    Federico Maria Butera
    Saint Peter’s Basilica Environmental Sustainability project, Member of the Scientific Committee

    Federico Maria Butera is professor emeritus of the Polytechnic of Milan where he taught Environmental Technical Physics. He has carried out research in the sector of the rational use of energy and renewable sources in the built environment. He participated in the activities of the International Energy Agency in the field of energy efficiency and coordinated European projects on the same topics; he collaborated with UN-Habitat on issues relating to the sustainable development of urban settlements. He is the author of over 200 scientific articles, 13 books and manuals, multimedia products and around a hundred informative articles in newspapers and magazines.

  • Olivia Wilkinson
    Olivia Wilkinson
    Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI), Director of Research

    Olivia Wilkinson is the Director of Research for the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI), an international collaboration on evidence for faith actors’ roles in the humanitarian and development sectors. She directs JLI’s research work, collaborating with partners from UN agencies and governments, such as UNICEF and UNHCR, to faith-based organizations and NGOs, including Islamic Relief and World Vision, and in collaboration with universities such as the University of Leeds and University College London.

  • Uwe S. Brandes
    Uwe S. Brandes
    Georgetown University, Professor

    Uwe S. Brandes is professor of the practice, faculty director of the Urban & Regional Planning Program and faculty director of the Georgetown Global Cities Initiative. Brandes is a scholar-practitioner in the field of urban design and sustainable urban development, with more than 25 years of experience in the planning, design, and development of new buildings, the public realm, and community development partnerships. Projects completed under his direction have received national awards from the American Planning Association, the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Urban Land Institute.


Dec 10 2023


5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Science-Based Targets for Faith: Advancing a Global Standard for FBOs to Measure, Manage and Report – GHG Emissions World Resources Institute

‘Science-based targets’ are emissions reduction targets set by organizations that are in line with the science-derived goals of the Paris Agreement. This session will introduce the key concepts of ‘Science-based Targets’ and their possible applications to faith-based organizations. It will also present a guidance document for faith-based organizations; showcase examples where FBOs have successfully implemented Science-based Targets methodologies for climate mitigation. The session hopes to advance understanding and spur a discussion with audience about the main challenges and opportunities for FBOs to engage on climate mitigation efforts through the assets they own or control.