Posts Tagged ‘sustainability’

ElectriCITY: the future of the sustainable grid — Tuesday, March 29 at NYU


Upcoming Environmental Law Events!

There are many exciting panel discussions and conferences on environmental law topics in the next few week!  Below is a sampling of some of the many events that are happening in and around New York City that may be of interest.

Developing Offshore Wind Projects — March 22 from 12:30 – 2:30 PM, The City Bar Association

Already being realized in Europe and elsewhere, offshore wind projects offer the prospect of clean and abundant domestic energy supplies. But unresolved legal, commercial and policy issues pose significant challenges to the development of these projects in the United States. In this program, a diverse group of industry participants will discuss recent developments and offer their perspectives and prescriptions on the outlook for offshore wind projects, both in the State of New York and elsewhere in the U.S.

The program is open to the public, but seating is limited and prior reservations are required. There is no charge for this presentation. A simple lunch will be available.

Kindly RSVP to Ernest Chung at or (212) 885-5447.

Chip Carstensen, Managing Director, NordDeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale AG
Brandi Colander, Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
Scott Keating, General Manager Sales, North America, Vestas Offshore
KC Sahl, New York State Director Offshore Wind, NRG Bluewater Wind

Panel Co-Chairs:
Joan Bondareff, Blank Rome LLP
Robert M. Vilter, Reed Smith LLP

Climate Change, China and the WTO — March 30 from 6:30-8:30 PM, Columbia Law School

In December 2010, the United States initiated a landmark dispute at the WTO challenging a range of Chinese subsidies to domestic renewable energy manufacturers. Although the dispute is currently still in the consultation phase, it represents a significant step by the United States government and could be a harbinger of things to come as China continues its aggressive push towards clean energy infrastructure and development.  What are the environmental, economic and geopolitical implications of this case?  Join distinguished panelists for a wide-ranging discussion of the dispute and its context within international trade law and economics.


Joseph Stiglitz, University Professor, Columbia University; Chair,
Columbia University Committee on Global Thought; Nobel Laureate in Economics
Robert Howse, Lloyd C. Nelson Professor of International Law, New
York University School of Law
Andrew Shoyer, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Former Counsel, Office of
the United States Trade Representative
Michael Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice;
Director, Columbia Center for Climate Change Law

No RSVP required
Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Columbia Law School, 435 W. 116th St. (at Amsterdam Ave.)
Jerome Greene Hall Room 104
New York, New York

Cornell Environmental Law Society Energy ConferenceMarch 31-April 2, Ithaca NY

Gas Drilling, Sustainability & Energy Policy: Searching for Common Ground

The conference will explore the legal, scientific, and business perspectives on Shale Gas Development and hydraulic fracturing (“hydrofracking”). This issue has ignited a fierce battle over energy and the environment in New York State.  Eight fast-paced and interactive panels will use natural gas drilling as a lens to explore national energy policy, the global energy market, and the
integral role the law must play in creating energy security and ensuring a sustainable future.  The conference brings together over 45 distinguished speakers from Cornell University and around the country working in law, science, business, and government from all sides of the energy debate.

Location: Cornell Law School, Myron Taylor & Anabel Taylor Hall,
Ithaca, New York
Dates: Thursday evening, March 31 – Saturday evening, April 2

New York City as a Sustainable City — April 7 from 5-7PM at Columbia Law School

New York City is, to the surprise of many, one of the most energy-efficient places in the United States– the energy consumption and carbon dioxide output of New Yorkers is one-quarter of the national average, and the city is on target to meet a number of sustainability goals in the next 20 years, including planting one million new trees (of which more than 300,000 have been planted in the last three years) and converting an entire fleet of over 10,000 taxicabs to fuel-efficient vehicles and hybrids.  But with close to 20
million people living in the Tri-State area, the continued sustainability of such an environment is still a constant concern.

The panel, moderated by Steve Cohen, Executive Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University and Director, M.S. Sustainability Management, will feature David Bragdon, Director of the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability for the New York City Mayor’s Office; Cas Holloway, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection; Bill Solecki, Director of the CUNY Institute of Sustainable Cities; and Ester Fuchs, Founder of the Center for Urban Research and Policy and Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.  We invite you to come listen to the panel’s participants as they discuss both signs of progress and deficiencies in the effort of make New York City a sustainable city, touching on government initiatives in this area as well as the role of the private sector.

Though issues of sustainability are being recognized on an increasingly global scale, it is local actions that will likely provide many of the solutions to these large-scale problems.  Find out from the panel’s speakers, decision-makers and experts in urban sustainability, how New York City can play a large leadership role in this transformation.

To RSVP, please contact Andrea Schecter at or 212-851-0772. The event will be held in the Faculty Room in Low Library on Columbia University’s Morningside Campus.



A world obsessed with “stuff”

Thanksgiving is nearly here. If you’re reading this post, this likely makes two simultaneous, possibly-panic-filled thoughts jump into your head: (1) how am I EVER going to get all of my outlining done?; and (2) time to get the ball rolling on holiday gift shopping [and possibly (3): how can I have a delicious, meat-free Thanksgiving].

As you begin thinking about consuming, Annie Leonard at The Story of Stuff Project has made a new short film about the environmental impacts of the electronics which fill our lives: The Story of Electronics.  You can check it out below.

And if you are looking for some holiday gifts that are not planned for obsolescence, be sure to check out the Handmade Cavalcade (featuring local, handmade gifts) on December 5 in NoLita, and the great assortment of recycled gifts available at Uncommon

Innovative Approaches to Financing Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings, WEDNESDAY, 11/3/10

Join the Pew Center on Global Climate Change on November 3, 2010 to discuss “Innovative Approaches to Financing Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings“.

Significant energy saving and carbon reduction opportunities exist in commercial buildings, but many go untapped due to financial barriers, such as lack of capital and relatively long payback periods. This FREE workshop will examine barriers and innovative solutions to financing energy efficiency in commercial buildings both in the private and public sectors.

Speakers will include:
Bruce Schlein, Citi
Ben Speed, Johnson Controls
Greg Hale, NRDC
Adam Hinge, Sustainable Energy Partnerships.

November 3, 2010 9 a.m.-noon
Marriott Marquis Hotel, New York, NY
Point Carbon’s Carbon Market Insights Americas 2010 Conference
Free of charge

Find full workshop agenda here:

For more information contact: Aisha Husain at

Staying Clean When Going Green: An Update on the FTC’s Green Guide, 11/9/10

The panel will discuss the Federal Trade Commission’s recent revisions to the Green Guides, the implications of the Green Guides on the advertising industry and the challenges companies face in promoting the environmental benefits of their products, recent cases by the National Advertising Division, the advertising industry’s self-regulatory program, involving environmental claims, as well as the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification system and recent lawsuits against LEED and challenges to green building standard setting laws. There will also be a discussion of the interplay between environmental and advertising law issues on the aforementioned topics.

David W. Dulabon, Federal Trade Commission-Northeast Region
David G. Mallen, Associate Director, National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus
Larry Schnapf, Schnapf Environmental Law Offices
Ronald R. Urbach, Davis & Gilbert, LLP

Sponsored by:
Consumer Affairs Committee, Anahid Ugurlayan, Chair; Environmental Law Committee, Kathy Robb, Chair

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Annie M. Ugurlayan at, however please register at the New York City Bar Association’s website. Members of the Association and their guests are all welcome.

Food Justice — TONIGHT (10/14) at 6PM

Food Justice: A New Social Movement Takes Root – TONIGHT!

In today’s food system, farm workers face hazardous conditions, low-income neighborhoods lack supermarkets but abound in fastfood franchises, and food products are developed to be convenient rather than wholesome. Opposing these inequities and excesses, a movement for food justice has emerged, which seeks to transform our food system from field to table.

Professor Robert Gottlieb, director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College, discusses the increasing disconnect between food and and the rising resistance movement. He is the author of a dozen books, including most recently Food Justice (with Anupama Joshi, MIT Press) and a long-time social/environmental activist and historian of social movements.

Location: Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street)

This event is part of Parsons The New School for Design’s *fantastic* Living Concrete-Carrot City series on trends in urban agriculture. The panel discussions take place every Wednesday evening through December.

A full list of the events is below! Continue reading

September is Sustainability Month!

September marks the Carnegie Council’s second annual Sustainability Month and a full year of programming around sustainability issues from September 2010 until June 2011.

SUSTAINABILITY MONTH highlights include:

PANEL EVENTS (which will take place at the Carnegie Council’s headquarters in New York City; 170 East 64 Street)

Leading by Example (with live webcast)
How are the armed forces stepping forward to combat climate change and improve the U.S. energy posture?
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
12:00–2:00 PM EST
Colonel Bob “Brutus” Charette, Jr.
(USMC); Rear Admiral Philip Cullom (USN); David M. King, director of energy policy within the office of the deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force (Energy, Environment, Safety and Occupational Health). Jonathan Powers, chief operating officer of the Truman National Security Project.

This event is in cooperation with the Truman National Security Project.

SAVE THE DATE: Sustainable Societies (with live webcast)
Monday, October 5, 2010
12:00–2:00 PM EST

Space for these events is limited. For reservations, please contact Stefanie Ambrosio at 212-838-4120 x260 or email: Admission for the general public is $65. For Carnegie Council Public Affairs subscribers: $45. To subscribe to Carnegie Council events, click here.

Soon after the events, videos, audios, podcasts, and transcripts will be posted on