Fighting Back Against Attacks On Cli-Sci

Agenda & Bios In Brief

Opening Remarks:

Nancy Anderson

Nancy E. Anderson, Executive Director of the Sallan Foundation, is a life-long New Yorker. After obtaining both her B.A. and Ph.D. from New York University, she served as an environmental advisor in City government for two decades.

Since opening the doors of the Sallan Foundation in 2005, she has worked to advance useful knowledge for greener cities. Making high performance building New York's "new normal" and seeking sustainable solutions to urban energy needs are among the Foundation's key campaigns. Dr. Anderson writes a regular column and organizes conferences and lectures on subjects core to the Foundation's mission. Her most recent project was advising on the development of Underwriting Efficiency: A Mortgage Lender's Handbook for realizing energy and water efficiency opportunities in multifamily housing.

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Michael Gerrard

Michael B. Gerrard is Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School, where he teaches courses on environmental and energy law and directs the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. He is also Chair of the Faculty of Columbia's Earth Institute.

Before joining the Columbia faculty in January 2009, he was partner in charge of the 110-lawyer New York office of Arnold & Porter LLP. He practiced environmental law in New York City full time from 1979 to 2008 and tried numerous cases and argued many appeals in federal and state courts and administrative tribunals. He formerly chaired the American Bar Association's 10,000-member Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. He has served as a member of the executive committees of the boards of the Environmental Law Institute and the American College of Environmental Lawyers.

Gerrard is author or editor of eleven books, two of which were named Best Law Book of the Year by the Association of American Publishers. His most recent book is Global Climate Change and U.S. Law (with Jody Freeman) (2d ed. 2014).

Keynote Presenter:

Gina McCarthy

Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator, Director of C-CHANGE (Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Gina McCarthy's 35-year career in public service has been dedicated to environmental protection and public health. As Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama, she was the nation's leading advocate for common-sense strategies to protect public health and the environment, including efforts to address the challenge of climate change and ensure the protection of the country's water resources. Her leadership led to significant federal, state, and local actions on critical issues related to the environment, economic growth, energy, and transportation.

Since leaving Washington, McCarthy has been a fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government's Institute of Politics and the Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health and joined Pegasus Capital Advisors, a private equity firm, as an operating advisor focused on sustainability and wellness investments. McCarthy now also serves as Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of Harvard Chan's Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment, leading the development of the School's strategy in climate science, health, and sustainability.


John Schwartz

John Schwartz is a science writer for The New York Times, focusing on climate change.

Writing for The Times since 2000, John has covered law, technology, the space program, infrastructure and more. His work has appeared in nearly every section of The Times, including the Book Review, Science Times and the Arts section. He writes a humor column for the business section's mutual funds quarterly. He is the author of four books, including a financial memoir and guide, "This Is the Year I Put My Financial Life in Order." Before coming to the NYT in 2000, he worked at The Washington Post and Newsweek. He was born in Texas, and is married to his college sweetheart, Jeanne Mixon; they have three grown children.


Robin E. Bell

Robin E. Bell is the PGI Lamont Research Professor at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, a core component of the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Bell received her undergraduate degree in geology from Middlebury College in Vermont and her PhD in geophysics from Columbia University in 1989. Since completing her doctorate she has lead research Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory on ice sheets, tectonics, rivers and mid-ocean ridges.

Currently Bell is the PGI Lamont Research Professor at where she directs research programs in Antarctica, Greenland, and developing technology to monitor our changing planet. Bell has coordinated ten major aero-geophysical expeditions to Antarctica and Greenland, studying what makes ice sheets collapse. She has discovered a volcano beneath the West Antarctic ice sheet, several large lakes locked beneath 2 miles of ice and demonstrated that ice sheets can thicken from below. Bell lead a Lamont team to map the Hudson River from Staten Island to Albany. In 2006 Bell received an honorary degree from Middlebury College and had an Antarctic Mountain named for her.

During the International Polar Year, Bell lead a major expedition the Antarctica to explore the last unknown mountain range on Earth, the Gamburtsev Mountains completely covered with ice. Here the Team discovered that water hidden beneath the ice sheet runs uphill. Using the new IcePod and gravity technologies, Bell's team is presently exploring the Ross Ice Shelf, a floating piece of ice the size of France that covers the least known piece of ocean floor on our planet.

Bell is President-elect of the American Geophysical Union, the largest organization of Earth and Space scientists on our planet. Bell is a passionate sailor. Bell and her husband have crossed the Atlantic four times, sailed the coasts of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia and chased icebergs in the Labrador Sea.

David Biello

David Biello is the author of The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age. He is an award-winning journalist who has been reporting on the environment and energy since 1999 — long enough to be cynical but not long enough to be depressed. He is the Science Curator for TED as well as a contributing editor at Scientific American. He has also written for publications ranging from Aeon and Foreign Policy to The New York Times and The New Republic. Biello hosts the documentary series Beyond the Light Switch as well as The Ethanol Effect for PBS.

David Biello received a BA in English from Wesleyan University and a MS in Journalism from Columbia University. He currently lives with his wife, daughter, and son near a Superfund site in Brooklyn.

Lisa Garcia

Lisa Garcia, as the Vice President of Litigation for Healthy Communities, Lisa Garcia charts Earthjustice's course in groundbreaking and high-impact litigation to protect communities and families from the wide range of pollution issues that confront them on a daily basis.

For decades, Earthjustice has worked at the regional and national levels to ensure widespread protections from air and water pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals. Lisa works to continue and strengthen Earthjustice's legacy of winning protections for these families and communities.

Prior to coming to Earthjustice, Lisa served in the Obama Administration as Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Environmental Justice at the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, a role where she elevated environmental justice issues to the highest levels of the agency. She helped draft and implement Plan EJ 2014, EPA's roadmap to integrating and strengthening environmental justice throughout its programs, activities, and decisions.

Garcia also worked to promote meaningful, working relationships with overburdened, low income, minority and tribal communities, as well as build strong partnerships. She led the Environmental Justice Interagency Workgroup with other Federal agencies — including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Energy and the Department of Commerce — to address some of the country's most persistent environmental challenges.

Previous to her role at the EPA, Garcia served as the Chief Advocate for Environmental Justice and Equity at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. In that position, she developed statewide environmental justice initiatives to tackle critical environmental challenges, and served as co-chair of the Governor's Environmental Justice Interagency Task Force.

Garcia also served as Assistant Attorney General for the New York State Attorney General, where she represented various state agencies in environmental litigation matters and defended New York's Brownfields Cleanup Program.

Jeff Nesbit

Jeff Nesbit is the executive director of Climate Nexus, a non-profit communications organization that works on climate and clean energy issues and solutions. He was the director of legislative and public affairs at the National Science Foundation during the Bush and Obama administrations. He was also former Vice President Dan Quayle's communications director at the White House, and former FDA Commissioner David Kessler's public affairs chief at the Food and Drug Administration. He was a national journalist with Knight-Ridder newspapers and others prior to that, and currently writes opinion pieces for The New York Times, Time and U.S. News & World Report. He's written multiple books and novels. His newly released book is THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS with Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press.


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