Past Event

What are Columbia’s Economic, Legal and Moral Responsibilities to Act on Climate Change?

March 1, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 104

Video of the event is available here.

CCSI, The Earth Institute, the Environmental Law Society, the Green Business Club, the Net Impact chapter of SUMA, the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, and the SIPA Environmental Coalition co-sponsored a student-faculty discussion on “What are Columbia’s Economic, Legal and Moral Responsibilities to Act on Climate Change?”

Over the past year and a half multiple proposals have been advanced to alter Columbia’s strategy to investing its endowment in order to make those investments better reflective of the imperative for a shift away from an economy reliant on fossil fuels. At the same time, there is increasing recognition that these investments need to be matched with a strong commitment to ‘walking the talk’ on sustainability across Columbia’s campuses and throughout its programs. As part of an ongoing dialogue, this event was an opportunity to hear and discuss faculty and student perspectives from across the university. It featured a panel of distinguished faculty, and allowed considerable time for questions from members of the Columbia community.

Featured Panelists:

Michael Gerrard, Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Jessica Prata, Assistant Vice President of Environmental Stewardship, Columbia University

Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Bruce Usher, Faculty Director, Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, Columbia Business School

Moderated by:

Lisa Sachs, Director, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment