Seminars on Sustainable Development - Spring 2009

An initial core activity of the Cross-Cutting Initiatives is a seminar series that addresses the question “Is Sustainable Development Feasible?” The goals of the seminar series include bringing together a group of faculty, research scientists and students who are interested in working across disciplines to address the major challenges of sustainable development and to communicate the issues of sustainable development to a larger community, primarily that of Columbia University. An output of the seminar series will be a book for a general audience interested in learning more about the most pressing challenges of the 21st Century.

A schedule of the Earth Institute Seminars on Sustainable Development is below. We will post videos of the seminars that you can watch online. All content related to these lectures, including video footage and PowerPoint presentations, is for educational use only.

Global Food Production and Hunger

February 19, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Low Faculty Room

Pedro Sanchez, Director, Tropical Agriculture and the Rural Environment Program; Director, Millennium Villages Project; Co-Chair of the Millennium Project’s Hunger Task Force

Cheryl Palm, Senior Research Scientist, Tropical Agriculture and the Rural Environment Program; Science Director, Millennium Villages Project

Generose Nziguheba, Associate Research Scientist, Tropical Agriculture and the Rural Environment Program; Agriculture Sector Coordinator, Millennium Villages Project

Watch videos: Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3  |  Part 4


Greening the Urban Economy

March 5, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., 1501 International Affairs Building

Patricia Culligan, Professor, Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University (moderator - Introduction)

Joan Byron, Director, Sustainability and Environmental Justice Initiative, Pratt Center for Community Development (Speaker)

Jack McGourty, Associate Dean, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science; Director, Center for Technology, Innovation and Community Engagement (CTICE), Columbia University (Speaker)

Robert Crauderueff, Policy Director, Sustainable South Bronx (Speaker)

Nilda Mesa, Adjunct Professor, International and Public Affairs; Assistant Vice President, Environmental Stewardship at Columbia University (Speaker)

Janna Olson, Executive Director, Win-Win Campaign, Envirolution (Speaker)

Elliott Sclar, Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Director, Center for Sustainable Urban Development, Columbia University (moderator - Q &A)

Watch videos: Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3  |  Part 4Part 5  |  Part 6 


Natural Hazards and Risk Assessments: The Links Between Resiliency and Sustainability

April 2, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Davis Auditorium

Arthur Lerner-Lam, Director, Center for Hazards and Risk Research; Doherty Senior Research Scientist; Associate Director of Seismology Geology & Tectonophysics; Adjunct Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences (moderator)

Elliott Sclar, Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Director, Center for Sustainable Urban Development

Brad Lyon, Associate Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society

Göran Ekström, Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

George Deodatis, Santiago and Robertina Calatrava Family Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

John Mutter, Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences and School of International and Public Affairs

Peter Marcotullio, Adjunct Associate Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Watch videos: Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3  |  Part 4Part 5  |  Part 6


Human Health and the Global Environment

April 23, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Davis Auditorium

Joseph Graziano, Professor, Environmental Health Sciences and Pharmacology; Interim Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University

Patrick Kinney, Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University

Leslie Roberts, Associate Clinical Professor, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Darby Jack, Associate Research Scientist, Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University

Watch videos: Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3  |  Part 4