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Power and the Planet: Energy Policy Solutions

May 21, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join the Earth Institute and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory for an Earth Institute LIVE conversation featuring David Sandalow and Melissa Lott, moderated by Alex Halliday, Director. They will be looking at the way the power grid contributes to global warming and its impact on human health and some of the most innovative ways to change energy policy. The Speakers: David Sandalow is the Inaugural Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy and co-Director of the Energy and Environment Concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He founded and directs the Center’s U.S.-China Program and is author of the Guide to Chinese Climate Policy. Mr. Sandalow has served in senior positions at the White House, State Department and U.S. Department of Energy. He writes and speaks widely on climate change and energy policy. Recent works include Industrial Heat Decarbonization Roadmap (December 2019), Guide to Chinese Climate Policy 2019 (September 2019) and Electric Vehicle Charging in China and the United States (February 2019). Dr. Melissa Lott is a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) where she leads the center’s renewables and power sector research. She has worked as an engineer and researcher for more than 15 years in the USA, Europe, and Asia, focusing her research on the technological, economic, and public health tradeoffs of changes in the global energy sector. Dr. Lott is internationally recognized for her work on electricity and transportation and has been featured as a Solar 100 Thought Leader, an IEEE Women in Power, and a Forbes 30 under 30 in Energy. She has authored more than 350 scientific articles, columns, op-eds, journal publications, and reports on the energy sector and the energy technology transition. Prior to joining CGEP, Dr. Lott was the Asst. Vice President of the Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre and held roles at the International Energy Agency and U.S. Department of Energy. Throughout, she has worked as an engineer at YarCom Inc. Dr. Lott holds degrees from UC Davis, UT Austin, and University College London. The Earth Institute at Columbia University is the world leader in interdisciplinary climate and sustainability research, policy and teaching. Under the directorship of pioneering geochemist Alex Halliday, PhD, the Earth Institute brings together a community of earth and environmental scientists, economists, lawyers, public health specialists and business and policy experts to seek solutions to the planet’s most pressing challenges.

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