Past Event

Pathways to Policy: A Discussion Linking Environmental Research and Policy

April 5, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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Fayerweather Hall (Room 513), Columbia University, 1180 Amsterdam Avenue, New York

Event Description:

Pathways to Policy is a discussion on linking scientific research and policy. Collaborative efforts between policymakers and academics shape sound environmental policy. Some questions we will discuss include: What does the interface between scientific research and policy look like? How do academia and policy-making go hand in hand? How do we align research and policy goals to produce more focused work/ benefit for stakeholders? 

Event Speakers:

Annel Hernandez: Annel Hernandez is the Associate Director of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance. Annel conducts research on the benefits of an integrated climate resiliency approach and develops pathways to implementation in frontline communities. Annel also worked in the NYC Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity as Social Innovation Fund Advisor managing the program implementation of a multi-city initiative focused on economic opportunity programs and was also a NYC Urban Fellow. 

Prof. Ruth DeFries:  Ruth DeFries is a professor of ecology and sustainable development at Columbia University in New York. She uses images from satellites and field surveys to examine how the world’s demands for food and other resources are changing land use throughout the tropics. DeFries was elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, one of the country’s highest scientific honors, received a MacArthur “genius” award, and is the recipient of many other honors for her scientific research.

Julia Marton Lefèvre: Julia Marton-Lefèvre was Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 2007 to 2015. She was previously the Executive Director of The International Council for Science. She is a recipient of the AAAS Award for International Cooperation in Science, Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur and Officier de l’Ordre National de Méerite (France) and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Council for Science and the Environment.  

Dr. Matthew Palmer: Matthew Palmer is a senior lecturer at the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University. He is involved in a range of research and education projects involving urban and peri-urban ecology. His research projects include evaluating the ecosystem functions of green infrastructure, studying the ecosystem consequences of reforestation in NYC, and providing scientific support for the management of both invasive and rare species throughout the region. 

Event Information:

Registration for this event can be found on Eventbrite. This event is sponsored by The Center for Science and Society and the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology.