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


Apr 02, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Columbia University, Low Library 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.

This panel event is free and open to the public; RSVP required. The panel will be followed by a reception with beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres.

This event is sponsored by the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management; the M.S. in Sustainability Science program; the M.S. in Sustainability Management program; and the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program.

Event Contact Information: Hayley Martinez, hmartinez@ei.columbia.edu.


Thomas Jorling, former Commissioner of the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, former Associate Administrator of the U.S. EPA, and former Minority Counsel, Public Works Committee, U.S. Senate
Sara Law, Vice President of Global Initiatives, Carbon Disclosure Project
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

Steve Cohen, Executive Director, The Earth institute and Professor of Practice, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University