Past Event

2018 SUMA Symposium | Innovative and Resilient Cities

April 6, 2018
11:30 AM - 5:45 PM
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Low Library, 535 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 Faculty Room
Join the Sustainability Management Student Association of the Earth Insitute and School of Professional Studies from Columbia University at the 7th Annual Sustainable Perspectives Symposium! As natural disasters and extreme weather events become more intense and frequent every year, there lies an opportunity and challenge to rethink and rebuild cities to survive, thrive, and combat the effects of climate change. This year's Sustainable Perspective Symposium, Innovative and Resilient Cities, explores our roles as individuals and sustainability professionals in driving new concepts and programs in energy sourcing and efficiency, waste reduction and management, and outreach and behavioral change. Learn about local and global efforts to develop more robust planning to anticipate response to an ever-changing environment. Our expert panels and featured presentations with industry leaders provide a dynamic forum for solutions-based conversations and actions. This event is supported in part by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia University. See below for our amazing speaker line-up! Stay tuned for more exciting updates as we finalize our speakers by following SUMASA on Facebook and Twitter, as well as through #sumasymposium. ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM Innovative and Resilient Cities is the 7th Annual Sustainable Perspective Symposium; an annual student-organized symposium by the Sustainability Management Student Association (SUMASA) of The Earth Institute and the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University. AGENDA Additional details about each Symposium session are available on the SUMASA website. 11:30 am - 3:30 pm | Registration - Light refreshments to be served throughout the day 11:50 am - 12:00 pm | SUMASA Welcome Jiten Vyakarnam, President of SUMASA 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Student-led Workshop: Talking Climate Change? Let Climate Talk Megan Ross, Laura Korhonen, Merlyn Mathew, Deepti Shetty, Brian Llamanzares 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm | Welcome Remarks Steve Cohen, Executive Director of Columbia University's Earth Institute 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm | Panel: Innovative Approaches for an Inclusive, Resilient & Sustainable NYC Andrew Reid, Senior Planning Analyst, Utility of the Future, ConEd of New York, Inc. John Oppermann, Executive Director, Earth Day Initiative Marshall Cox, Founder and CEO, Radiator Labs Robert Cowan, Senior Strategy Advisor, Exec. Office, Dept. of Homeless Services NY Sarah Currie-Halpern, Co-Founder and Partner, Think Zero LLC Moderated by Dena Mekawi, Consultant, Founder, Style & Resilience, Youth Representative - United Nations DPI, Women's National Book Association 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Coffee Break and Networking 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Panel: Innovations that are Changing the World - Examples of Resilience Carolyn duPont, Director of Environmental Transactions, Quantified Ventures Danielle Joseph, Investment Officer, Closed Loop Partners Janice Barnes, PHD, LEED AP, Global Resilience Director, Perkins+Will Moderated by Karen Schroeder, Strategy and Finance Professional, SUMA Student 4:00 pm - 4:15 pm | Coffee Break and Networking 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm | Keynote Andrew Revkin, Experienced journalist and author focused on environment and human sustainability. Innovator in using new communication tools to foster progress on a finite, fast-forward planet. Introduction by Claudia Dreifus, Adjunct Professor of International Affairs and Media, Instructor of Practice, Columbia University's Earth Institute, Writer, New York Times/Science Times 5:15 pm - 5:45 pm | Closing Remarks H.E. Henry Mac Donald, Former Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Suriname to the U.N. Columbia University School of Professional Studies Representative 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Reception [Nearby Location - TBD] Master of Ceremonies: Mike Tuckfelt, SUMA Student, ESP Fellow