Events

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Dr., New York, NY 10027
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 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.
Wednesday, March 1, 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 Midterm Briefings, for the Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy. Open to the public.
Thursday, March 2, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Union Theological Seminary Social Hall
Robert Muir-Wood, from Risk Management Solutions (RMS), will present a talk at the SEAS Colloquium in Climate Science (SCiCS). Hosted by Adam Sobel. Robert is the chief research officer of science and technology at RMS. His responsibilities include enhancing approaches to and applications of natural catastrophe modeling. Robert has more than 20 years’ experience in developing probabilistic models to characterize the risk and ramifications of natural and human-led shocks. He has recently pioneered research into the clustering of catastrophic events, extreme liquefaction, loss amplification factors in “super cats,” time-varying activity rates, and the economic and social impacts of water scarcity. Robert was the lead author on insurance, finance, and climate change for the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report. He was also appointed a key contributor to the 2014 Risky Business study by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson. Robert has written six books, along with numerous papers and articles in scientific and industry publications. He is a member of the High Level Advisory Board of the OECD International Network on Financial Management of Large-Scale Catastrophes. Robert holds a first-class degree in natural sciences and a Ph.D. in earth sciences, both from Cambridge University, and he was a research fellow at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
Thursday, March 2, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Off-campus New York Society for Ethical Culture 2 West 64th St. at Central Park West New York, NY 10023
On March 2 at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, Professor Jeffrey Sachs will be discussing the reality and ethical dimension of climate change with one of the world’s leading climate scientists, Dr. James Hansen. Register for FREE tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ethics-in- action-climate-change- and-nyc- tickets-32089558734
Friday, March 3, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 Auditorium
The eight Ivy League schools are teaming up once more to host the fourteenth anniversary of the All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair on March 3, 2017! Representatives from organizations in the private, non-profit and public sectors across a multitude of industries will be on campus to discuss full time, part-time, internship and fellowship opportunities. The Fair is open to undergraduate, graduate and PhD students and alumni from the eight Ivy League partner universities who are studying issues of environmental & sustainable development. This includes the sciences, engineering, public health, law, policy, business, etc.
Monday, March 6, 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 Marlon, Yale
Monday, March 6, 2017 6:10 PM - 8:00 PM
Pupin Hall
This talk will emphasize strategies for understanding organizational culture and using it to advance sustainability. Speaker: Raghusimha Sudhakara, Manager of Strategy, Con Edison. Raghusimha started at Con Edison as a policy advisor in 2012, and transitioned to Manager of Strategy in 2012. Prior to that, he worked as a senior consultant at GP Strategies Corporation and has done consultant work for AES, L'Institut Francilien Recherche Innovation Societe, and Consultant Co-op.
Friday, March 10, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 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.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Seismology Seminar Room
Learn about opportunities for teachers to participate in JOIDES Resolution scientific ocean drilling, and educational resources based on deep-sea exploration discoveries.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY, 10024
In this one-day offering, Dr. Debra Tillinger leads an in-depth course about the forces that determine sea levels. Compare human-induced sea level rise, a consequence of global warming, with other phenomena related to the interaction of the ocean and the atmosphere. Through the use of mapping on multiple scales, participants will come away with a better understanding of climate change, and the ability to discuss the science behind the headlines with friends and family. Participants Include: Arnold Gordon, Associate Director of Ocean and Climate Physics at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University Alicia Grullón, Wallach Network Fellow at Columbia University and Artist Catalyst for The Laundromat Project Stephanie Pfirman, Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Environmental Science at Barnard University Debra Tillinger, Visiting scientist at the American Museum of Natural History and Adjunct Professor at Marymount Manhattan College and CUNY
Thursday, March 16, 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.
Monday, March 20, 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 Katie Snell, UC Boulder: “Hot and high times in the western US: Paleoclimate and Paleoelevation, 80 Ma to Present”
Monday, March 20, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Dr., New York, NY 10027
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 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.
Monday, March 20, 2017 6:10 PM - 8:00 PM
Pupin Hall 428
This class session will focus on the integration of sustainability in financial institutions, including the formulation of a sustainability strategy, managing environmental and social risk, and identifying environmentally sound investment opportunities. Speaker: Camilla Seth, Executive Director of Sustainable Finance, JP Morgan Chase & Co. Camilla joined JP Morgan Chase in 2012 and is focused on conservation and climate finance, stakeholder engagement, and policy development. She has over 15 years of experience working on sustainable finance issues for financial institutions, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. Prior to JP Morgan Chase, Camilla served as the founding Director of Programs and Operations at the Global Impact Investing Network, and was also Vice President of Environmental Affairs at Citigroup.
Friday, March 24, 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 Andrew Poppick, Carleton College Andrew Poppick bio: http://people.carleton.edu/~apoppick/
Monday, March 27, 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 Hilary Palevsky, WHOI
Monday, March 27, 2017 6:10 PM - 8:00 PM
Pupin Hall 428
This lecture will offer an introduction to community-based social marketing as a technique for changing people’s behaviors and cultivating sustainability in communities. Speaker: Michelle Vigen, Senior Energy Planner, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. Michelle Vigen leads the planning, development, and implementation of a wide variety of energy initiatives within the County, including the implementation of the county's energy benchmarking law, and advising the development of the county's Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program and Green Bank legislation. Prior to this, she spent time working in the Administration of Loudoun County Government and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hamilton Hall, 1130 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027 517
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Science Communication, But Were Afraid to Ask: A Conversation with Cornelia Dean, Author of Making Sense of Science Biography 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 third book, Making Sense of Science, which addresses the misuse of scientific information in American public life, is to be published in March, 2017, by Harvard University Press. Before coming to Brown, she taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on the public’s understanding of science, environmental policy and other issues at Harvard, where she was twice honored for distinction in teaching. To register for this event, please email Katherine Sullivan at kns2137@columbia.edu.
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.
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/
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.