Cornell hosts climate change events at Climate Week NYC

Cornell experts will host events exploring the impacts of climate change in the Northeast and around the world at events during for Climate Week NYC.

The Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions (CICSS), based in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, will host events Sept. 27-28 at The Cornell Club New York. The events are aligned with Climate Week NYC, a global event featuring government officials, business executives, artists, investors and academics.

On Thursday, Sept. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cornell and the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) will host a workshop showcasing cutting edge research and applied projects. The event will focus on how farmers around the globe can achieve the goals of Climate-Smart Agriculture, an approach adopted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to ensure food security in a changing climate.

Food security and climate change are interlinked challenges that need to be addressed simultaneously, according to CICSS director Allison Chatrchyan. The workshop will be led by Chatrchyan, and feature talks by CICSS executive director Mike Hoffmann and GACSA co-chair Mi Nguyen.

On Friday, Sept. 28, the Local Climate Action Summit will focus on the challenges local communities are facing in the Northeastern U.S. with climate change. The summit will bring together local officials and experts to share ideas and gather input on what communities need to ramp up climate action on a local level.

Leaders in government, cooperative extension and non-government organizations from the Northeast and beyond are expected. The summit will feature discussions with those working to support local climate action and include updates from researchers on community impacts and needs, resources available to communities, and lessons learned from Cooperative Extension, NGOs, and municipal officials across the Northeast.

“A week like this, which brings together so many businesses, NGOs, academic institutions, governments and many others from around the world is critically important in tackling the grand challenge of climate change,” said Hoffmann. “It’s a great way to highlight the many efforts underway including those at Cornell.”

Also on Friday, the Atkinson Center will host an “Energizing New York” panel that will highlight new research and collaborations on energy-smart communities, Earth Source Heat for Cornell’s Ithaca campus and energy-producing turbines in the East River. Panelists will show what these technologies and programs mean for the future of the state’s workforce and economic vitality, from Buffalo to Brooklyn.

The event is open to alumni, government stakeholders, media and the public. Due to space limitations, there is a waiting list. RSVP here.

Panelists will include Todd Cowen, professor of civil and environmental engineering; Lara Skinner, associate director of the Worker Institute at Cornell and chair of the institute’s Labor Leading on Climate Initiative; Trey Taylor, co-founder of Verdant Power; Jeff Tester, the Croll Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems and the chief scientist for the Earth Source Heat project. The panel will be moderated by Lindsay Anderson, associate professor of biological and environmental sciences and the Kathy Dwyer Marble and Curt Marble Faculty Director for Energy at the Atkinson Center.

The Cornell Club is located at 6 E. 44th St.

Matt Hayes is managing editor and social media officer for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. David Nutt is managing editor of the Atkinson Center.

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