2017 Past Events

March 23: Cleaner, Brighter, Healthier Energy Projects that Work

 Hrisa.jpg Hrisa Gatzoulis is a Senior Project Manager at JLL focused on Energy and Sustainability Services in the Northeast division anchored by New York City, Boston and Washington DC. Her focus is on energy and sustainability project management for a broad range of clients and project types.
 Komanoff.jpg Charles Komanoff co-founded the Carbon Tax Center and serves as CTC’s director. Charles, a math-and-economics honors graduate of Harvard, has built a distinctive career as energy-policy analyst, transport economist and environmental activist, as well as a visionary advocate of fresh ideas.
 Schmidt.jpg Dr. Gavin A. Schmidt is a climatologist, climate modeler and Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York, and co-founder of the award winning climate science blog RealClimate.
 Sosland.jpg Dan Sosland is president of Acadia Center, a non-profit research and policy advocacy organization advancing the clean energy future at the state and regional levels. Dan’s efforts focus on developing and implementing comprehensive and sustained energy and climate policy solutions.
 Amanda.jpg Moderator: Amanda Nesheiwat, Environmental Director for the Town of Secaucus, NJ is an organizer and environmental activist passionate about sustainable development and combatting climate change. Amanda is a member of the NEJAC National Youth Climate Justice Working Group where she works to find ways to engage with youth impacted by climate.


March 21: Climate Change and the Economy: Sorting Fact from Fiction

 Goodstein.jpg Dr. Eban Goodstein is an economist and Director of the MBA in Sustainability program at Bard College and Bard's Center for Environmental Policy, which grants M.S. Degrees in Environmental Policy and Climate Science and Policy. Professor Goodstein holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and is the author of several books including Economics and the Environment, (Wiley: 2017) now in its eighth edition. Currently, he is coordinating a series of national educational events focused on climate change, engaging over 2,500 colleges, universities, and K-12 schools in solutions-based dialogue.
 Johnson.jpg Tom Johnson is a journalist with decades of experience in reporting and editing for the Star-Ledger and the Herald-News newspapers,​ and editing the Ridgewood News. As a veteran reporter for The Newark Star-Ledger, Johnson worked in the Statehouse and in Newark covering energy, environmental and telecommunications issues.  He has been a recipient of many state and national journalism honors, including recognition by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Johnson is an Energy and Environment writer, and a co-founder, of NJ Spotlight, which has been named the best independent online publication by the New Jersey Society for Professional Journalists.


February 23: Partisan Conflict, Public Opinion, Is There Any Way Out?

 Coy_pic.jpg Peter Coy is Economics Editor of Bloomberg Businessweek. He writes on a wide range of economic, social, and financial issues. He is a regular contributor to the magazine's “Opening Remarks” column.  Mr. Coy came to BusinessWeek from the Associated Press in New York, where he had served as a business news writer since 1985. Before that Mr. Coy was a correspondent in the AP Rochester bureau.
 ShapiroPhoto071912.jpg Robert Shapiro is the Wallace S. Sayre Professor of Government and former chair of the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has taught at Columbia since 1982. His current research examines partisan polarization and ideological politics in the United States, as well as other topics concerned with public opinion and policymaking.


January 19: Democracy and the Media

 Kroll.jpg Andy Kroll is an investigative reporter for Mother Jones based in Washington, D.C. covering the Trump administration. He is also a contributing writer at The California Sunday Magazine. His work appears in Rolling Stone, The New Republic, Huffington Post Highline, and Men's Journal, among other publications. Kroll writes features, profiles, and investigative pieces about politics, money influence, Wall Street, crime, and everything in between.
 photo_5.jpg Eric Umansky is a deputy managing editor of ProPublica, where he edited the Pulitzer Prize-winning series about Wall Street. Previously, he wrote a column for Slate and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, The New Republic, and more. Umansky is also a co-founder of Document Cloud, an organization dedicated to helping news organizations organize and publish primary source documents.