This program will address one of the most critical modern sustainability issues: climate change. The program will feature individual talks by three eminent speakers in the field of climate change. Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, will talk about the science and impacts of climate change; Michael Gerrard, Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, will present on current climate change policy; and Leo Wiegman, Croton Energy Group Inc, will talk about how to thrive while we undergo “climate disruption” and examples of proactive ways that people are responding to a changing climate.
Cynthia Rosenzweig is a Senior Research Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, where she heads the Climate Impacts Group. She is Co-Chair of the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC), a body of experts convened by the mayor to advise the city on adaptation for its critical infrastructure. She co-led the Metropolitan East Coast Regional Assessment of the U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, sponsored by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. She was a Coordinating Lead Author of Working Group II for the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She is Co-Director of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), Co-Editor of the First and Second UCCRN Assessment Reports on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3), and Co-Chair of the Urban Thematic Group for the United Nations UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Campaign for an Urban Sustainability Development Goal (SDG). She serves as Chair of the Board of the New York City Climate Museum.
Leo Wiegman is co-founder of Croton Energy Group Inc, a solar energy designer and installer. Leo is co-author of two recent books, The Climate Solutions Consensus with David Blockstein and Heirlooms to Live In with Mark Hutker on residential architecture, as well as author of dozens of articles on energy policy. Leo is also a former Mayor and Trustee of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson NY and former Executive Director of Sustainable Westchester. He spent thirty years in book publishing and holds a BS from Tufts University.
Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School, teaches courses on environmental law, climate change law, and energy regulation, and is director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. He also chairs the faculty of Columbia University’s Earth Institute. A prolific writer in environmental law and climate change, Gerrard twice received the Association of American Publishers’ Best Law Book award for works on environmental law and brownfields. Gerrard has taught courses at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and New York University Law School; as a visiting professor at Universite Paris 1 Panteon-Sorbonne; and as visiting distinguished scholar at Vermont Law School. He has also lectured on environmental law in Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Italy, Vatican City, Malta, Israel, China, Taiwan, India, Japan, Chile, Brazil, The Marshall Islands, Canada, and the U.S.