Past Event

Speaking Science to Power: The Importance of Facts in Decision-Making

April 2, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Low Library, 535 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 Rotunda
Connecting science to decision-making is critically important, particularly when it comes to sustainability, which affects our health and the natural systems we depend on. There are many ways in which scientific work directly impacts society, and sustainability practitioners face the difficult but crucial task of clearly communicating evidence-based scientific information to the public, to policy makers, and to private-sector decision-makers. This panel will explore the complex interface between science, management and policy. How is science integrated into the decision-making processes? What types and levels of analyses are needed to guide sustainability policies and programs? How are science and data used most effectively? Hear from expert panelists on the scientific tools needed for evidence-based actions. Panelists: • Thomas Jorling, former Commissioner of the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation and and former Vice President for Environmental Affairs, International Paper Co. • Sara Law, Vice President of Global Initiatives, CDP • Art Lerner-Lam, Deputy Director of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, The Earth Institute, Columbia University • Richard Moss, former Chairman of the Federal Advisory Committee for the National Climate Assessment and Visiting Senior Research Scientist, Columbia University Moderator: Steve Cohen, Executive Director, The Earth institute and Professor of Practice, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University