Spring 2013

Climate Change. Challenges. Solutions.


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Links to the video recordings of each session will be posted here within a few days after each course.

Date Topic Featured Lecturers
9 Science & Ethics James Anderson, Philip S. Weld Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Principal Investigator of the Anderson Research Group on the Chemistry and Physics of Climate and Earth System Change at Harvard University
 View the videos  Ron Sandler, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Director of the  Ethics Institute, and Research Associate in the Environmental Justice Research Collaborative; Northeastern University
 Sandler’s Presentation
16 The Governance ChallengeHamel’s Presentation Sonia Hamel, An advisor to governments and foundations on energy, transportation, and climate change policy. Past director of Air Policy and Planning in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs and special assistant in the Office for Commonwealth Development
 View the videos  Bill Moomaw, Professor of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
23 Economy & Business Mindy Lubber, President and founding board member of Ceres and director Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk
 View the videos  Mark Buckley, Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Staples, Inc.
Lee Kane, EcoCzar/Forager, Whole Foods Market
30 MitigationJacoby’s Presentation Henry “Jake” Jacoby, William F. Pounds Professor of Management Emertitus, Professor of Applied Economics, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, MIT Sloan School of Management
View the videos 
6 Energy Efficiency Dick Henry, Jr., Executive Director, Jordan Institute
View the videos  Douglas Foy, President of Serrafix Corporation and formerly President of the Conservation Law Foundation
13 Climate & National SecurityTitley’s Presentation David Titley, Rear Admiral, US Navy – Retired; Former Deputy Under Secretary for Operations at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Former Director, Task Force Climate Change, US Navy; Former Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance; Fellow of the American Meteorological Society
 View the videos 
20 Transportation Stephanie Pollack, Professor of Practice in Law and Public Policy, Associate Director, Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy
View the videos  Al Biehler, Distinguished Service Professor of Transportation Systems and Policy, Executive Director of the University Transportation Center, and Adjunct Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Carnegie Mellon University; former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
27 Fission & FrackingView the videos  Richard Lester, Japan Steel Industry Professor and Head, Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering and Co-Chair, Industrial Performance Center at MIT

6 Spring Break – No Class

13 New opportunities for fossil fuels Mike Jesanis, An advisor to companies, governments, and non-profits in traditional and emerging energy fields, former President and CEO of National Grid USA
 View the videos  Cutler Cleveland, Professor, Department of Earth and Environment, Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Boston University; Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Earth; Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Energy
N. Jonathan Peress, Vice President and Director, Clean Energy and Climate Change, Conservation Law Foundation
20 Renewable Energy Solutions Lewis Milford, President and founder of Clean Energy Group and the Clean Energy States Alliance, non-resident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program
 View the videos  Jim Gordon, CEO, Cape Wind Associates and President, Energy Management Inc.
Presentations Greg Watson, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
27 Adaptation (cities) Larry Atkinson, Director Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative and the Samuel Fay Solver Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Old Dominion University
 View the videos  Brian Helmuth, Professor, Department of Marine and Environmental Science and School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Director, Sustainability, Science and Policy Initiative, Northeastern University
Helmuth’s PresentationAtkinson’s PresentationSuarez’s Presentation  Pablo Suarez, Associate Director for Research and Innovation, Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre
3 The Food Security Challenge
 View the videos  Molly Anderson, Partridge Chair in Food and Sustainable Agriculture Systems, College of the Atlantic
 Reilly’s Presentation John Reilly, Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Center for Environmental Policy Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management
Geoengineering Solutions Armond Cohen,Co-founder and Executive Director of the Clean Air Task Force, founder and leader of the Conservation Law Foundation’s Energy Project

 FINAL SESSIONView the videos  John Steinbruner, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland; Director, Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM); past Director, Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution

 Steinbruner’s PresentationCohen’s PresentationBlackstock’s Presentation Jason Blackstock, Visiting Fellow, Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, University of Oxford
17 Science, Ethics, Economics and Technology Revisited Host Faculty Moderators
Note: The April 17th session will be open only to Northeastern students taking the course for credit.

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