Full video of Princeton Environmental Forum now available

Morgan Kelly ・ Princeton Environmental Institute

Video is now available of the Oct. 24-25 Princeton Environmental Forum featuring Princeton faculty and alumni environmental leaders in a series of discussions addressing urgent environmental issues for the 21st century, including climate change science and policy, the protection of biodiversity, the conservation of water and the environment, and documenting human perspectives and enacting social solutions. The full conference is available below with the panels and speakers featured in video each noted. Additional coverage of the Forum can be found on the Princeton University homepage. The conference — which included 40 speakers and drew nearly 700 people — was organized by the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) and coincided with PEI’s 25th anniversary.


OCTOBER 24: OPENING LECTURE


Welcome —
Michael Celia, Director, Princeton Environmental Institute; Theodora Shelton Pitney Professor of Environmental Studies; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Opening Remarks — Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83, President of Princeton University.

Opening Session — Breaking the Environmental Logjam

Moderator: Juliet Eilperin ’92, Senior National Affairs Correspondent, The Washington Post.

Panelists:
Carl Ferenbach ’64, Chairman and Co-founder, High Meadows Foundation and High Meadows Fund; Chairman of the Board, Environmental Defense Fund.
Stephen Pacala, Frederick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Anu Ramaswami, Sanjay Swani ’87 Professor of India Studies; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and the Princeton Environmental Institute; Director of the M.S. Chadha Center for Global India.


OCTOBER 25: MORNING SESSIONS, PART 1


Welcome —
Katharine Hackett ’79, Executive Director, Princeton Environmental Institute

Panel 1 — It’s Getting Hot Out There … Weird Weather and Other Climate Change Anomalies

Moderator: Gabriel Vecchi, Professor of Geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute.

Panelists:
Jane Baldwin *18, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University.
Sylvia Dee ’10, Assistant Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Rice University.
Lisa Goddard *95, Director, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, and Senior Research Scientist, Columbia University.
Benjamin Strauss *07, CEO and Chief Scientist, Climate Central Inc.

Panel 2 — Getting the Solutions Right

Moderator: Robert Socolow, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Emeritus.

Panelists:
Ashley Conrad-Saydah ’99, Former Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy, California Environmental Protection Agency.
Phil Hannam *16, Energy Economist, South Asia, World Bank Group.
Anne Hoskins *86, Chief Policy Officer, Sunrun.
Joseph Majkut *14, Director of Climate Policy, Niskanen Center.
Cliff Rechtschaffen ’78, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission.


OCTOBER 25: MORNING SESSIONS, PART 2


Panel 3 — Do Wildlife and Wildlands Have a Place in the 21st Century?

Moderator: David Wilcove, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs and the Princeton Environmental Institute.

Panelists:
Katie Carpenter ’79, Documentary Filmmaker.
Michael Hirshfield ’70, Senior Advisor, Oceana.
Paula Kahumbu *02, CEO, WildlifeDirect.
Meg Symington *87, Managing Director, Amazon, World Wildlife Fund.


OCTOBER 25: LUNCHTIME PRESENTATION

Megatrends and the Big Pivot: Doing Business in a Hotter, Scarcer, More Open and Connected World

Andrew Winston ’91, Author.
Introduction by Harold T. Shapiro, President of the University, Emeritus, and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs.


OCTOBER 25: AFTERNOON SESSIONS, PART 1


Panel 4 —
Drought and Deluge: How Shifts in the Water Cycle Are Impacting the Environment and Society

Moderators: Amilcare Porporato, Thomas J. Wu ’94 Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Princeton Environmental Institute. Corina Tarnita, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Panelists:
George Hawkins ’83, Founder and President, Moonshot LLC; Former CEO and Manager, DC Water.
Jay Famiglietti *92, Executive Director, Global Institute for Water Security, and Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing, University of Saskatchewan.
Scott Moore ’08, Director, Global China Program, University of Pennsylvania; Lecturer in Political Science, and Senior Fellow at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy and The Water Center at Penn.
Farhana Sultana ’96, Associate Professor of Geography and Research Director for Environmental Collaboration and Conflicts, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.


OCTOBER 25: AFTERNOON SESSIONS, PART 2


Panel 5 — Imagining Transformation: The Rise of the Environmental Humanities

Moderator: Rob Nixon, Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment; Professor of English and the Princeton Environmental Institute.

Panelists:
Steve Cosson, Artistic Director, The Civilians.
Karl Kusserow, John Wilmerding Curator of American Art, Princeton University Art Museum.
Mary Evelyn Tucker, Director, The Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale University.

Panel 6 — Breaking the Logjam: The Way Forward

Moderator: Stephen Pacala, Frederick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Panelists:
Dana R. Fisher ’93, Professor of Sociology; Director, Program for Society and the Environment, University of Maryland-College Park.
Robert Orr *96, Dean, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland.
Frederic Rich ’77, Author.
Sarah Finnie Robinson ’78, Senior Fellow, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Boston University.
Meera Subramanian, Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities, Princeton Environmental Institute.

Closing Remarks — Michael Celia, Director, Princeton Environmental Institute; Theodora Shelton Pitney Professor of Environmental Studies; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.