Water bottle filling stations are located (in the Vertical Campus):
- 1st Floor- next to cafeteria entrance
- 3rd Floor- by USG
- 5th Floor- in atrium
- 8th Floor- in atrium
- 13th Floor- in atrium
Climate change means higher sea levels and extreme storms are the new normal. Hurricane Sandy and other recent weather events underscore the importance of preparing for climate variability. As these changing weather patterns create uncertainty, local governments, businesses and communities face the question of how to reduce their contributions to climate change, adapt to its effects and prepare for the next natural disaster.
Come to this panel to expand your understanding of the way humans adapt to their environmental surroundings, and different ways we can become adaptive using other pioneering countries as templates. How should New York adapt to its new found challenges?
Where: NYU Stern / Social Enterprise Association – Kaufman Management Center, 44 West 4th Street NYC NY – 5th Floor Room KMC 5-50
When: February 12 2013, 6-8 pm
Panelists: Sergej Mahnovski, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability; Ernest Tollerson, NYS MTA; Donna Walcavage, FASLA, LEED AP Principal/Vice President AECOM; Klaus Jacob, Geophysicist, Columbia University; David Gmach Director Public Affairs, ConEd; Rob Pirani, Vice President for Energy and Environment, Regional Plan Association
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It has never been more important for a global corporation to follow sustainable business practices. Many corporate stakeholders, governments and NGO’s are calling for nothing less. At the same time, it has never been harder for multinational corporations to be sustainable. The increasingly complex national and international political landscape, mounting evidence of climate change, human rights and social issues, and an uncertain economic environment all pose real challenges to would-be sustainable corporations. This year’s Symposium will examine how multinational corporations are attempting to overcome these challenges. The Symposium will explore ESG, the acronym which describes the three areas of focus used – environment, social and governance – when measuring and reporting on business sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
When: February 8th, 2013 from 9:00 am to 1:20 pm
Where: 151 East 25th St., 7th Floor, Room 750 (between Lexington and 3rd)
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SWARTHMORE, Pa. — A group of Swarthmore College students is asking the school administration to take a seemingly simple step to combat pollution and climate change: sell off the endowment’s holdings in large fossil fuel companies. For months, they have been getting a simple answer: no.As they consider how to ratchet up their campaign, the students suddenly find themselves at the vanguard of a national movement.
In recent weeks, college students on dozens of campuses have demanded that university endowment funds rid themselves of coal, oil and gas stocks. The students see it as a tactic that could force climate change, barely discussed in the presidential campaign, back onto the national political agenda.
“We’ve reached this point of intense urgency that we need to act on climate change now, but the situation is bleaker than it’s ever been from a political perspective,” said William Lawrence, a Swarthmore senior from East Lansing, Mich.
Students who have signed on see it as a conscious imitation of the successful effort in the 1980s to pressure colleges and other institutions to divest themselves of the stocks of companies doing business in South Africa under apartheid.
A small institution in Maine, Unity College, has already voted to get out of fossil fuels. Another, Hampshire College in Massachusetts, has adopted a broad investment policy that is ridding its portfolio of fossil fuel stocks. To read this entire article click here.
ENVIRONMENT played only a modest role in the recent American presidential election. President Obama lauded his new fuel-efficiency standards and support for renewable energy sources, while Mitt Romney faulted the president for rising gasoline prices and new restrictions on coal mining.
But while environmentalists have lamented America’s slow response to climate change, the United States is actually on a much better path than Europe. It is making the transition from coal to gas, it is investing in new energy technologies, and its carbon emissions are falling faster than Europe’s.
This is not to paint too rosy a portrait. Since world leaders met in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997 and agreed to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of industrialized countries by about 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2012, virtually nothing has been done to slow the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. In 1990, carbon emissions were rising at less than 2 parts per million per year. Now they are rising at nearly 3 p.p.m. per year.
How could so little have been achieved, despite all the already considerable economic costs of climate change? Europe, in particular, has put great effort into being a ”world leader” on climate change and has spent lots of money on wind farms and rooftop solar panels. Sadly, this has had almost no global effect.
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