Events

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Mudd Hall 214
Vishal Vasan, from the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, will present a talk at the Applied Mathematics Colloquium. Host: Adam Sobel, Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics and of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hamilton Hall, 1130 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027 517
Cornelia Dean, former editor of the New York Times/Science Times talks about her recently published Harvard University Press book, Making Sense of Science. The book, Ms. Dean's third, "seeks to equip nonscientists with a set of critical tools to evaluate the scientific claims and controversies that shape our lives." This is a regular session of Professor Claudia Dreifus' Sustainability Management workshop, Writing About Global Science for the International Media, that has been opened to the entire Columbia Community and to the public. Seating is limited. To reserve a spot, please register with Katherine Sullivan at kns2137@columbia.edu. Cornelia Dean is a science writer and former science editor of The New York Times and a Visiting Lecturer at Brown University. From January, 1997 until June, 2003, she was science editor of the New York Times, where she was responsible for coverage of science, engineering, health and medical news in the daily paper and in the weekly Science Times section. From 1993 until 1997, she worked in the Washington bureau of the Times as deputy Washington editor; her portfolio was domestic policy. Previously she worked as assistant and then deputy science editor. In her editing tenure in the newspaper's science department members of its staff have won the Pulitzer Prize (twice, finalists three times), the Polk Award and many other honors. In 2001 the newspaper's weekly science section, Science Times, won the Lasker Award for public service. She began her newspaper career at the Providence Journal. Her first book, Against the Tide: The Battle for America's Beaches was published in 1999 by Columbia University Press and was a N.Y. Times Notable Book of the year. Her guide to researchers on communicating with the public, Am I Making Myself Clear? was published in 2009 by Harvard University Press. Her newest book, Making Sense of Science, which addresses the misuse of scientific information in American public life.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Low Library, 535 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 Rotunda
This event, hosted by the Earth Institute and M.S. in Sustainability Management program, will feature a panel discussion on the way that sustainability is used as an agent of change in 21st century organizations. The panel will discuss the importance of sustainability to investors, to production processes, to supply chains and in marketing. Sustainability is no longer simply an add-on, or a transparent PR strategy to make an organization look good, but an integral element of effective management. The physical dimensions of sustainability are increasingly important inputs in routine decision-making for organizations. The panel will discuss the way that key sustainability concepts have become embedded in the management of today's top companies, nonprofit and government organizations. Why are more investors insisting that firms demonstrate energy, water and material efficiency? How are organizations communicating their sustainability practices to investors, customers, stakeholders and the public? Can the Trump Administration stop the trend toward sustainability management? Panelists will explore these questions and more. Moderated by the Earth Institute's Steven Cohen, panelists include: James Ossman, Senior Manager of Global Operations, Etsy; Curtis Probst, Managing Director of Sustainable Finance, Rocky Mountain Institute;Celine Ruben-Salama, Principal, FOR THE LONG-TERM; and Zachary Suttile, Director, Willdan Energy Solutions. The panel discussion will be followed by a reception from 7pm-8pm, with free wine, beer and light appetizers. Can't make the event? We will also be live streaming here: https://livestream.com/EarthInstitute/TransformingOrganizations.
Friday, March 31, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Comer Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
Weekly Ocean and Climate Physics seminar with Susan Lozier, Duke University Susan Lozier bio: https://sites.duke.edu/mslozier/
Friday, March 31, 2017 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
Jeffrey Severinghaus Professor Geosciences Research Division Scripps Institution of Oceanography http://scrippsscholars.ucsd.edu/jseveringhaus
Monday, April 3, 2017 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Bard Hall, 50 Haven Ave., New York, NY 10032 Lounge
With the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) in place, is the world better able to detect, prevent, care, support, research and strengthen our capabilities to effectively deal with infectious diseases such as the Zika Virus outbreak that Margaret Chan, at the 5th meeting of the WHO Emergency Committee on the Zika Virus, Microcephaly and other Neurological Disorders held on 18 November 2016, ended as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern? At a one-day meeting to be held at Columbia University, we will harvest and build on the lessons learnt from the Zika outbreak in South America, North America and elsewhere, to accelerate, recalibrate and upscale our preparedness to deal with an infectious disease that brings such grave harm to infected mothers and heartbreakingly irreparable neurological damage to their children. The Zika Virus and associated its consequences remain a significant and enduring public health challenge. Clinical research has demonstrated the link between Zika Virus infection and microcephaly but much more vigorous discovery work is required. The coordination and response to the Zika Virus must become a sustained program of effort with dedicated resources focused on the long-term nature of the disease and its consequences. Because Zika, as with other disease outbreaks like Ebola, can be regional, continental and global in scale, diplomacy, the public understanding of health security and community resilience are requirements for developing effective, efficient and coordinated multi-country responses. Pursuing the health security of nations requires diplomacy between nations, and the public understanding that, in the era of global health, no one nation can afford to retreat into a corner.
Monday, April 3, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Comer Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
Biology and Paleo Environment weekly seminar with Andrew Griffith, Stony Brook
Monday, April 3, 2017 6:10 PM - 8:00 PM
Pupin Hall 428
The session will be devoted to understanding how the use of sustainability standards and metrics can advance the integration of sustainability in communities. The talk will center on the STAR Community Rating System, a national certification program that promotes health, inclusion, and prosperity. Speaker: Lacey Shaver, Community Engagement Manager, STAR Communities Lacey develops and manages programs to support communities on the STAR certification track, from recruitment through post-certification. She runs the STAR Leadership Program and works as a one-on-one liaison with cities and counties, providing technical support and assistance during and after the certification process. She also develops communications and outreach strategy for the organization and is the staff lead for the Equity & Empowerment goal area.
Friday, April 7, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Comer Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
Weekly Ocean and Climate Physics seminar with Tom Delworth, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory Tom Delworth bio: https://www.gfdl.noaa.gov/tom-delworth-homepage/
Friday, April 7, 2017 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Low Library, 535 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 Faculty Room
The Sustainability Management Student Association (SUMASA) is currently planning the sixth student-led Sustainability Symposium, held the afternoon of Friday, April 7, 2017 at Columbia University’s Morningside campus. The theme of this year’s event is “Impacting Behavior for a Sustainable Society,” and we are working with industry leaders and policymakers to develop a robust agenda that addresses the role sustainability professionals can play in altering human behavior and the impact we all have on the world. The event is free and open to the public, with past Symposium participants coming from Columbia University’s community, as well as sustainability professionals, policymakers, and journalists from the greater New York area. For the very first time we will be extending our audience globally by utilizing Facebook Live.
Friday, April 7, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 555
Each spring the Earth Institute brings together undergraduate, graduate and PhD students who have conducted research in the areas of biodiversity, climate change, community development, earth science, health, and international development, to present at the Student Research Showcase.
Saturday, April 8, 2017 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Seismology Seminar Room
People know we can find how old a tree is by counting its rings, but scientists from the LDEO Tree Ring Lab will explain what we can learn about droughts, wildfires, and climate change through dendrochronology.
Monday, April 10, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Comer Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
Biology and Paleo Environment weekly seminar with Matt Harke, LDEO
Monday, April 10, 2017 6:10 PM - 8:00 PM
Pupin Hall 428
This guest lecture will delve into strategies for improving the management of natural resources in New York City. Speaker: Emily Maxwell, New York City Program Director, The Nature Conservancy Emily leads the Nature Conservancy's initiatives in New York City and other New York urban areas. She previously served as the Associate Director for the Northeast Region and Diversity and Inclusion for the National Wildlife Federation, and also worked with Gateway National Recreation Area in Queens, New York, to create a series of volunteer days aimed at restoring the Jamaica Bay area following Hurricane Sandy.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Online via Adobe Connect
The Earth Institute and Columbia University's School of Professional Studies co-sponsor four programs in sustainability: -Master of Science in Sustainability Management -Certification in Sustainability Analytics -Certification in Sustainable Water Management -Certification in Sustainable Finance During this online information session, Steven Cohen, Executive Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia and Director of the Sustainability Management master's program, will discuss these options. He will be joined by program administrators and admissions representatives.
Thursday, April 13, 2017 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Low Library, 535 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 Rotunda
The Center on Global Energy Policy is delighted to invite you to the 2017 Columbia Global Energy Summit. Structured as a half-day forum, the Summit will include keynote remarks, interviews and plenary conversations with senior energy sector leaders focused on key issues and questions at the intersection of energy policy, financial markets, the environment and geopolitics. A formal agenda will be forthcoming. Distinguished speakers include: Amin Nasser, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Aramco Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Apple and former U.S. EPA Administrator Charif Souki, Chairman, Tellurian Inc. Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman, IHS-Markit Scott Sheffield, Executive Chairman of the Board, Pioneer Fu Chengyu, former Chair, Sinopec and former Chair, CNOOC Jeroen van der Veer, former Chief Executive Officer, Royal Dutch Shell Jeff Holden, Chief Product Officer, Uber Technologies Diane Regas, Executive Director, Environmental Defense Fund Bob Perciasepe, President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and former Deputy Administrator of the U.S. EPA Scott Sheffield, Executive Chairman of the Board, Pioneer Natural Resources Ahmad Al Khowaiter, Chief Technology Officer, Saudi Aramco James L. Connaughton, President and CEO at Nautilus Data Technologies and Jim Connaughton, former Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality under President George W. Bush Phil Sharp, Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy and former President of Resources For the Future Julio Friedmann, Senior Advisor for Energy Innovation, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Adam Sieminski, James R. Schlesinger Chair for Energy and Geopolitics, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Former Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration Merit E. Janow, Dean, School of International and Public Affairs, CU Alissa Park, Director, Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, CU
Friday, April 14, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Comer Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
Weekly Ocean and Climate Physics seminar with Adam Scaife, Met Office UK Adam Scaife bio: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/people/adam-scaife
Monday, April 17, 2017 6:10 PM - 8:00 PM
Pupin Hall 428
This lecture will explore how different organizations - in different sectors and different geographies - have embraced a sustainable approach to business and the many challenges they've faced in adopting complex sustainability principles. Speaker: Stephanie Johnston, Director, Agenda NYC. Stephanie is both a freelance writer and Director of Agenda NYC, a strategy and communications agency, where she works with large companies on their citizenship, corporate responsibility and sustainability agendas. She has nearly 10 years of experience in both agency and corporate environments, focusing on corporate sustainability strategy and communications processes with global firms such as Heineken, BASF, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Roche and Tesco.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 Satow Room
The Postdoctoral Fellows program is unique in its mission to train a generation of professionals equipped to address some of the world's most urgent problems. The symposium highlights the work of current Research Fellows. Speakers include Earth Institute Fellows: Xiaohui Feng Alexandra Karambelas Ding Ma Justin Mankin The Symposium will be presented and moderated by John C. Mutter, Director of Graduate Studies, SDEV Ph.D. program; Director, Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellows program; Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Off-campus
Despite the current dysfunction in our nation’s capital, America is working to build sustainable cities and people across the country are adopting more sustainable lifestyles. We see this happening here in New York City and in cities all over America. Renewable energy, the sharing economy and technological advances are making it possible for people to live well while reducing their impact on the environment. The environmental movement began as a way to preserve nature, evolving into a movement to promote public health, then, more recently, sustainability, and is now increasingly integrated into how people live their day-to-day lives in the developed world. Earth Day reminds us of the importance of the planet, but the evolution from preservation to sustainability leads us to protect the planet not simply for its own sake, but for the well-being of humanity. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Steve Cohen, Executive Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University Chair: Dr. Jim Lewis, Chair of the University Research Council and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, Fordham University Welcome Remarks: Dr. Stephen Freedman, Provost, Fordham University
Thursday, April 20, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
The Earth Institute's International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The briefing, delivered by the IRI's Chief Climate Forecaster Tony Barnston, explains the upcoming IRI ENSO forecast and seasonal climate (precipitation, temperature) forecast. Tony will also discuss the implications of the forecast on society around the globe, and the probabilities and skills of the current forecast.
Friday, April 21, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Comer Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
Weekly Ocean and Climate Physics seminar with Dujuan King, Rutgers University Dujuan King bio: http://rci.rutgers.edu/~dk556/
Monday, April 24, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Comer Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
Biology and Paleo Environment weekly seminar with Jennifer Hertzberg
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:10 PM - 8:00 PM
Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life, 606 W. 115 St., New York, NY 10025 Rennert Hall
The Capstone Workshop serves as the culminating educational experience for students in the M.S. in Sustainability Management program. Students must draw on both the practical skills and the analytical knowledge they have gained in order to address crucial sustainability management issues as consultants for a real-world client. This semester students have undertaken the following projects: Greening the Built Environment: Sustainable Design at the Teatown Lake Reservation Client: Teatown Lake Reservation Bringing Electric Vehicles to Fruition in Westchester County, New York Client: Sustainable Westchester Sustainable Bus Rapid Transit Client: Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City Transit Assessing Multiple Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Commitment Regimes for Subnational Signatories of the Under2 Coalition Client: The Climate Group as Secretariat of the Under2 Coalition, CA Gov. Jerry Brown's Office of Planning and Research Ascertaining the Sustainability Benefits of Small Hold Farming in Developing World Contexts Client: A Growing Culture
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118th St., New York, NY 10027 1501
The Earth Institute's Office of Academic and Research Programs and the School of International and Public Affairs present the Spring Final Briefings, for the Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy. Open to the public.
Thursday, April 27, 2017 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Schapiro Hall (CEPSR) 530 West 120th Street, Davis Auditorium (Room 412, 4th Floor)
The Columbia University Earth Institute, School of International and Public Affairs, Center for Agriculture and Food Security, and the Columbia Water Center will present the third annual Forum on Sustainable Agriculture. Our series addresses how the agriculture sector is confronting the challenge of feeding a growing and increasingly affluent population while improving environmental and social performance and contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Profiles of the 2015 and 2016 forums can be viewed at http://eices.columbia.edu/events/past-events/2016-forum-on-sustainable-agriculture/ and http://eices.columbia.edu/events/past-events/. For 2017, we will focus on small scale farming operations and other market participants contributing to the sustainability of local food systems, serving local, regional and in some cases national markets. We will explore how these players are improving land stewardship, producing nutritious crops and value-added products, revitalizing rural economies and facilitating distribution to urban and suburban markets. We will address the challenges to scaling up sustainable agriculture beyond what is now a relatively small percentage of the agricultural market. Finally, we will profile the role of Columbia University in advancing the critically important transition toward a more healthful and sustainable food system and seek input on how to best apply our capabilities to this end. The forum will feature speaker presentations, a panel discussion and an audience Q&A session. The event is free, but advance registration is required. The event also will be live-streamed and archived on the Earth Institute website; the live stream information will be updated here, so stay tuned. For additional information, contact Brian Hong at bwh2129@columbia.edu.
Friday, April 28, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Comer Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
Weekly Ocean and Climate Physics seminar with Amala Mahadevan, WHOI Amala Mahadevan bio: http://mahadevan.whoi.edu/
Saturday, April 29, 2017 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Seismology Seminar Room
High School Interns who participated in Summer 2016 research projects at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory will present their work and reflect on the impact these programs had in the following academic year.
Monday, May 1, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Comer Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
Biology and Paleo Environment weekly seminar with Pam McElwee
Friday, May 5, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Comer Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
Weekly Ocean and Climate Physics seminar with Dimitris Giannakis, NYU Dimitris Giannakis bio: http://www.cims.nyu.edu/~dimitris/
Monday, May 8, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Comer Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
Biology and Paleo Environment weekly seminar with Jennifer Cherrier
Friday, May 12, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Comer Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
Weekly Ocean and Climate Physics seminar with Pierre Dutrieux, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Pierre Dutrieux bio: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Pierre_Dutrieux
Thursday, May 18, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
The Earth Institute's International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The briefing, delivered by the IRI's Chief Climate Forecaster Tony Barnston, explains the upcoming IRI ENSO forecast and seasonal climate (precipitation, temperature) forecast. Tony will also discuss the implications of the forecast on society around the globe, and the probabilities and skills of the current forecast.
Friday, May 19, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Comer Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
Weekly Ocean and Climate Physics seminar with Xinfeng Liang, University of South Florida Xinfeng Liang bio: http://www.marine.usf.edu/faculty/dr-xinfeng-liang/386-dr-xinfeng-liang
Thursday, June 15, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
The Earth Institute's International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The briefing, delivered by the IRI's Chief Climate Forecaster Tony Barnston, explains the upcoming IRI ENSO forecast and seasonal climate (precipitation, temperature) forecast. Tony will also discuss the implications of the forecast on society around the globe, and the probabilities and skills of the current forecast.
Thursday, July 20, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
The Earth Institute's International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The briefing, delivered by the IRI's Chief Climate Forecaster Tony Barnston, explains the upcoming IRI ENSO forecast and seasonal climate (precipitation, temperature) forecast. Tony will also discuss the implications of the forecast on society around the globe, and the probabilities and skills of the current forecast.