National Climate Seminar - COP Paris Live with Eban Goodstein

December 9, 2015

The National Climate Seminar is a biweekly, dial-in conversation and podcast that features climate scientists, political leaders, and policy analysts, each exploring the politics and science driving critical climate change decisions. Join us the first and third Wednesday of each month at noon eastern for a chance to connect with experts on climate and clean energy solutions.

On December 9th, we spoke with Eban Goodstein, Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy and Bard MBA in Sustainability live from the COP Paris climate talks. Since joining Bard CEP as director in 2009, Eban Goodstein has built on the success of the Center’s integrated interdisciplinary educational model, adding a focus on leadership and career development within the MS program. In 2010, Goodstein launched a new degree in climate science and policy and a year later he added a January term to the core curriculum. At that time, and building on previous national efforts to raise awareness and encourage action on climate change issues, Goodstein expanded the Center’s public programs to offer the National Climate Seminar and the C2C Fellows Network. Bard CEP, the C2C Fellows Network, and the Bard MBA in Sustainability (launched by Goodstein in 2012) all have as their core mission the imperative to train future leaders in policy and business to achieve sustainability.

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National Climate Seminar - COP21 Paris Preview with Dr. Neil Leary

November 18, 2015

On November 18th, we spoke with Dr. Neil Leary, Director, Center for Sustainability Education, Dickinson College. Neil Leary arrived at Dickinson in 2008 as the founding director of the Center for Sustainability Education. He has researched climate change vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation for 20 years and led international climate change projects in Africa, Asia and the Americas. He is a member of the editorial board of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has participated in the scientific assessments of the IPCC since the 1990s, and was a leader of the IPCC's 2001 report on climate change impacts. 


The National Climate Seminar is a biweekly, dial-in conversation and podcast that features climate scientists, political leaders, and policy analysts, each exploring the politics and science driving critical climate change decisions. Join us the first and third Wednesday of each month at noon eastern for a chance to connect with experts on climate and clean energy solutions.
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National Climate Seminar: Beyond Coal: Report from the Front

October 28, 2015

Mary Anne Hitt, Director, Beyond Coal Campaign, Sierra Club

The National Climate Seminar is a biweekly, dial-in conversation and podcast that features climate scientists, political leaders, and policy analysts, each exploring the politics and science driving critical climate change decisions. Join us the first and third Wednesday of each month at noon eastern for a chance to connect with experts on climate and clean energy solutions.

On October 21st, we spoke with Mary Anne Hitt, director of the Beyond Coal Campaign for the Sierra Club which is working to eliminate the pollution caused by coal throughout its life cycle, and repower the nation with clean energy. In 2012, Mother Jones described the campaign as “a grassroots rebellion [that] is winning the biggest victory yet on climate change.” Mary Anne previously served as executive director of Appalachian Voices (where she was one of the creators of the award-winning campaign to end mountaintop removal, iLoveMountains.org), the Ecology Center, and the Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project.

Mary Anne was named one of the 10 most influential people of 2013 by SNL Energy, and was listed in 2013 by the Washingtonian as part of “The New Guard: People Who are Shaping Washington” in Obama’s second term. She is an alum of the Rockwood Leadership Institute’s National Yearlong Leading from the Inside Out Fellowship, and also a senior fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program. She received her Master’s of Science from the University of Montana, where she received the Len and Sandy Sargent Environmental Advocacy Award, and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, where she was a Whittle Scholar and the founder of the campus group Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville (SPEAK), and where she later received the 2008 Notable UT Woman Award. She grew up in the mountains of east Tennessee and now lives in West Virginia with her family.


Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Eban Goodstein  ebangood@bard.edu
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National Climate Seminar: The Power Dialog, 10,000 Student Voices

October 28, 2015

Dr. Dallas Burtaw, Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
Albee B102  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The National Climate Seminar is a biweekly, dial-in conversation and podcast that features climate scientists, political leaders, and policy analysts, each exploring the politics and science driving critical climate change decisions. Join us the first and third Wednesday of each month at noon eastern for a chance to connect with experts on climate and clean energy solutions.

On October 7th we spoke with Dr. Dallas Burtraw, Darius Gaskins, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future. Dallas Burtraw is one of the nation’s foremost experts on environmental regulation in the electricity sector. For two decades, he has worked on creating a more efficient and politically rational method for controlling air pollution. He also studies electricity restructuring, competition, and economic deregulation. He is particularly interested in incentive-based approaches for environmental regulation, the most notable of which is a tradable permit system, and recently has studied ways to introduce greater cost-effectiveness into regulation under the Clean Air Act. Burtraw’s current areas of research include analysis of the distributional and regional consequences of various approaches to national climate policy. Burtraw and his colleagues recently completed a major project on estimating benefits of the value of natural resources in the Adirondack Park through surveying area residents on their willingness to pay for improvements. He also served on California’s Economic and Allocation Advisory Committee advising the governor’s office and the Air Resources Board on implementation of the state’s climate law.  Read about Dallas' work here.

Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Eban Goodstein  ebangood@bard.edu

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National Climate Seminar: Claim the Sky

October 28, 2015

Dr. Bob Costanza, Professor, Austalian National University
Albee B102  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The National Climate Seminar is a biweekly, dial-in conversation and podcast that features climate scientists, political leaders, and policy analysts, each exploring the politics and science driving critical climate change decisions. Join us the first and third Wednesday of each month at noon eastern for a chance to connect with experts on climate and clean energy solutions.

On September 23rd, we spoke with Dr. Bob Costanza, Professor and Chair of the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. Dr. Costanza is also currently a Senior Fellow at the National Council on Science and the Environment, Washington, DC, a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm, Sweden, an Affiliate Fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont„ and a deTao Master of Ecological Economics at the deTao Masters Academy in Shanghai, China.

Dial in: 845-746-2287 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST
Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Eban Goodstein  ebangood@bard.edu

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National Climate Seminar: State-Level Climate Action: The Power Dialog

February 24, 2015

Eban Goodstein, director of Bard Center of Environmental Policy, will be discussing state-level climate action. Over the next two years, students have a unique and critically important learning and civic engagement opportunity. Student voices can impact the scope and direction of state implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, mandating global warming pollution cuts in the electric power sector. Given this opportunity, Bard CEP is helping organize a Power Dialog in March of 2016: hundreds of college, graduate, and high school level classes in states across the country taking field trips to meet with their Department of Environmental Conservation heads to discuss state implementation of the EPA’s new rules. State agency leaders are already seeing their calendars fill up with meetings with utility executives and coal industry lobbyists. Why not our students? This is not a lobbying effort. We have no collective policy agenda for which we are advocating. Rather it is a learning opportunity for students, and also a chance for students to share their own individual thoughts and policy insights with state officials. Join the climate seminar to learn more about this opportunity.

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