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[ClimateWeekNYC] Role of Universities in Solving Our Climate Crisis

September 21, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Global Alliance of Universities on Climate: The Role of Universities in Solving Our Climate Crisis

As leaders in education, research, & knowledge creation, universities are in a unique position to leverage expertise and make significant advancements in the fight against the climate crisis. The event will discuss the critical role of universities in addressing the climate crisis from both the faculty & student perspectives. What are universities currently doing well & what more can they do to prepare the next generation of climate leaders & deliver evidence-based climate solutions? This event brings together students & faculty from Columbia University, Yale University & Tsinghua University to discuss this important question & implications for the future.

  • Keynotes
    • Dr. Alex Halliday, Founding Dean, Columbia Climate School; Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
    • Dr. Daniel Esty, Director, Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy; Hillhouse Professor, Yale University
    • Dr. Zheng Li, Secretary-General of Global Alliance of Universities on Climate; Executive Vice President of Institute of Climate Change & Sustainable Development (ICCSD), Tsinghua University
  • Panel: Climate Action in Universities
    • Moderator: Daniel Zarrilli, Special Advisor, Climate & Sustainability, Columbia
    • Dr. Lisa DaleLecturer in Discipline, Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development, Columbia University
    • Casey Pickett, Director, Yale Carbon Charge, Yale University   
    • Dr. Binbin Wang, Executive Secretary-General of Global Alliance of Universities on Climate, Tsinghua University    
    • Audience Q&A 
  • Panel: Student Perspective on University Climate Action
    • Moderator: Jessica PrataAssistant Vice President, Office of Environmental Stewardship, Columbia University
    • Aarti Arora, MA Climate & Society, Columbia Climate School
    • Alisa White, Law Student, Yale Law School
    • Shangchen Zhang, Global Environment Program, Tsinghua University
    • Audience Q&A

Hosted by Columbia University, Yale University, & Tsinghua University on behalf of the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate (GAUC). The mission of GAUC is to advance climate change solutions through research, education, & public outreach, & to partner with industry, non-profit & government organizations to promote rapid implementation from local to global scales. Visit the GAUC website.

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