Sustainable Development Seminar Series - Fall 2008

An initial core activity of the Cross-Cutting Initiatives is a seminar series that addresses the question “Is Sustainable Development Feasible?” The goals of the seminar series include bringing together a group of faculty, research scientists and students who are interested in working across disciplines to address the major challenges of sustainable development and to communicate the issues of sustainable development to a larger community, primarily that of Columbia University. An output of the seminar series will be a book for a general audience interested in learning more about the most pressing challenges of the 21st Century.

A schedule of the Earth Institute Seminars on Sustainable Development is below. We will post videos of the seminars that you can watch online. All content related to these lectures, including video footage and PowerPoint presentations, is for educational use only.
 

October 30, 2008: Earth Institute Seminars on Sustainable Development: Seeding a Revolution to Meet Global Water Needs

Thursday, October 30th 4-6pm
Alfred Lerner Hall Room 569

The first seminar in the 2008/2009 Earth Institute Seminars on Sustainable Development, “Seeding a Revolution to Meet Global Water Needs,” features a presentation by a panel of Columbia University experts in the field of global water management and will conclude with an open question and answer period.

Panelists include:

  • Upmanu Lall, Alan and Carol Silberstein Professor, Earth and Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Engineering Mechanics; Director, Columbia Water Center
  • Tanya Heikkila, Assistant Professor, School of International and Public Affairs; Associate Director, Columbia Water Center
  • Vijay Modi, Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Research Scientist, Columbia Water Center
  • Tim Huh, Assistant Professor, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
  • Tobias Siegfried, Associate Research Scientist, Columbia Water Center

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November 6, 2008: Earth Institute Seminars on Sustainable Development: Are We Running Out of Energy?

Thursday, November 6, 2008: "Are We Running Out of Energy?”
4pm-6pm, Satow Room, Alfred Lerner Hall (5th Floor)

Speakers:

  • Klaus Lackner, Maurice Ewing and J. Lamar Worzel Professor of Geophysics, Earth and Environmental Engineering; Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences; Director, Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy
  • Alissa Park, Lenfest Junior Professor in Applied Climate Science, Earth and Environmental Engineering; Associate Director, Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy
  • Edward Lloyd, Evan M. Frankel Clinical Professor of Environmental Law
  • Albert Bressand, Director, Center for Energy Marine Transport and Public Policy, School of International and Public Affairs; Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of International and Public Affairs

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November 13, 2008: Earth Institute Seminars on Sustainable Development: Anthropogenic Climate Change: Are We Ready?

Thursday, November 13, 2008: “Anthropogenic Climate Change: Are We Ready?
4pm-5:30pm, Alfred Lerner Hall Room 569

Speakers:

  • Peter Schlosser, Vinton Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering; Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences; Associate Director and Director of Research, The Earth Institute; Director, Columbia Climate Center
  • Mary-Elena Carr, Associate Director, Columbia Climate Center
  • George Deodatis, Santiago and Robertina Calatrava Family Professor of Civil Engineering
  • James Hansen, Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society

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December 4, 2008: Earth Institute Seminars on Sustainable Development: Ecosystems: Do We Need Them?

Thursday, December 4, 2008:  “Ecosystems: Do We Need Them?”
4pm-6pm, Satow Room, Alfred Lerner Hall (5th Floor)

Speakers:

  • Ruth DeFries, Denning Family Professor in Sustainable Development, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
  • Shahid Naeem, Director of Science, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation; Professor and Department Chairman, Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
  • Natalie Boelman, Storke-Doherty Lecturer, Biology and Paleo Environment, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

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