Ensuring Urban Resilience, Come Hell or High Water
Date: Thursday September 22, 2016 Time: 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm Venue: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room tbc, 435 West 116th Street, New York, New York
* Co-sponsored by Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and Sallan Foundation
Second David Sive Memorial Lecture: James Gustave Speth
Date: Thursday October 20, 2016 Time: 7:00 pm Venue: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room tbc, 435 West 116th Street, New York, New York
Past Conferences and Events
2nd Annual Climate Change Symposium, South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center
Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016 Time:Panel Discussion: 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm; Cocktail reception: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Contact: Diana Aceti at 631-903-7217, firstname.lastname@example.org
PETER BOYD, Founder of The Time4Good Group, Senior Advisor & Climate Lead for the B Team STEVEN ENGLEBRIGHT, New York State Assembly member for the 4th District, SoFo Board Trustee BRIDGET M. FLEMING, Suffolk County Legislator representing Suffolk's 2nd District MICHAEL B. GERRARD, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School & Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law FRED W. THIELE, Jr., New York State Assemblyman representing New York State's 1st District EDWINA VON GAL, Founder - President of Perfect Earth Project & noted Hamptons Landscape Designer
Key Environmental Issues in U.S. EPA Region 2 CLE CREDIT: NEW YORK STATE: Columbia Law School has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education(CLE) Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE Programs. NEW JERSEY: New Jersey CLE Board approval is pending for this live program. ELIGIBILITY: CLE credit is awarded to attorneys for full attendance of the Program in its entirety. Attorneys attending only part of the Program may be eligible for partial credit. Attendance is determined by an attorney’s sign-in and sign-out, as shown in the Conference registers. On sign-out, attorneys should also submit their completed Evaluation Form, provided at the Conference.
Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016 Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 104, 435 West 116th Street, New York, New York
Securities Disclosures and Climate Change in View of Peabody and ExxonMobil
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s recent settlement with Peabody Energy and his and other state attorney generals’ investigations of ExxonMobil have increased the interest in what corporations must disclose in their securities filings about the effect that climate change regulation, and climate change itself, will have on their businesses. The concept of “unburnable carbon” is also receiving new attention in the securities disclosure context in the wake of the Paris Climate Agreement. This forum will address New York’s actions and the efforts of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures concerning climate disclosures.
Date: Wednesday May 25, 2016 Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Venue: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 104, 435 West 116th Street, New York, New York
Governor Cuomo’s Goal of 50% Renewables by 2030: What Will It Take?
Governor Andrew Cuomo has taken action to require 50 percent of the state's electricity supply to come from renewable resources like solar, wind, and hydro by 2030. This decarbonization is a central part of the state's efforts to fight climate change. At this event the principal architect of the program will discuss how it will be achieved, followed by commentaries by representatives of important elements of the energy industry and environmental community.
Date: Tuesday April 12, 2016 Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Venue: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 104, 435 West 116th Street, New York, New York
What Effect Will the Transpacific Partnership Have on Domestic and International Climate Change Action? Date: January 19, 2016, 6:30pm-8:30pm Location: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 104.
Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, speaks at a September 28 program at Columbia Law School moderated by Sabin Center Director Michael Gerrard and with remarks by Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs.
The Center on Global Energy Policy and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law hosted a discussion on Meeting China's Climate Goals. In November 2014, US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced an historic agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions from their two countries. On the eve of President Xi's visit to the US and summit with President Obama, this event looked at the opportunities and challenges China faces in meeting its climate goals. How can China shift its economy away from coal-fired power generation, improve energy efficiency and increase the share of low carbon energy sources in its economy? How can the US and China work together to promote their shared climate objectives? What role will climate change play at the Obama-Xi summit?
Video and powerpoint presentations available here.
A panel discussion with Howard Kunreuther (The Wharton School), Sergej Mahnovski (Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning & Sustainability), Joshua Saks (Legislative Director, National Wildlife Federation), Steve Ellis (VP, Taxpayers for Common Sense), and Kevin Boyle (Managing Editor, Rockaway Wave). Moderated by Professor Michael B. Gerrard.
December 4, 2013
Please skip ahead to start of program at 3:57 on video.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, there is a debate on whether to rebuild the areas that were devastated and continue to be vulnerable. Both New York and New Jersey have announced limited programs to buy out certain homes, but these programs are extremely expensive and can lead to checkerboard patterns. This forum will not advocate any particular approach, but will explore these underlying legal questions:
1. What governmental actions in restricting development or reconstruction in vulnerable areas are “takings” that require compensation? 2. How would the government adopt a policy of managed retreat from the coastlines—through changes in zoning and building codes, restrictions on infrastructure, or other methods? What process would be needed? 3. What is the role of federal flood insurance and private insurance in shaping patterns of development or redevelopment in vulnerable areas? 4. Where has managed retreat been attempted in the past? What is the experience with these attempts, and what procedures were followed?
J. Peter Byrne Professor and Faculty Director, Georgetown Climate Center, Georgetown Law School
Vicki L. Been Boxer Family Professor of Law and Director, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, New York University School of Law
Howard Kunreuther James G. Dinan Professor and Co-Director, Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Anne Siders Associate Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
Michael B. Gerrard Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School