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Climate Change: How Bad Will it Be, and What Must be Done? Inter-Disciplinary Panels of Leading Experts Answer these Questions on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

April 22, 2020
9:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Live Webinar

Description:
Climate change will drastically alter many facets of our lives, including where we live, the way we build, what we eat, how we produce electricity, and how we use transportation. But as the 50th anniversary of Earth Day approaches, many people are not aware of the scope of climate change or what is being done and will be done to address it. This program aims to address that knowledge gap.  

Welcome:
J. Kevin Healy
, Co-Chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, Senior Counsel, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, LLP

Resiliency Panel:
This panel of experts will provide an overview of resiliency problems and solutions and discuss the science of extreme weather and risk management, resiliency efforts and environmental justice, and efforts to protect New York State.

Sarah Kapnick, Physical Scientist & Deputy Division Leader at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Alice Hill, Senior Fellow for Climate Change Policy, Council on Foreign Relations, formerly with the White House and U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security and co-author of Building a Resilient Tomorrow
Tomi Vest, General Counsel, NYC Mayor’s Office on Resiliency 
Annel Hernandez, Associate Director, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance
                
Welcome:
Carl Howard
, Counsel, U.S. EPA, Region 2, Co-Chair, Global Climate Change Committee, NYSBA, Environmental & Energy Law Section

Decarbonization Panel:
This panel of experts will provide an overview of the efforts to reduce the use of fossil fuels, and discuss topics including decarbonization in the energy, food and agriculture, and transportation sectors, decarbonization efforts and environmental justice, and New York’s roadmap to a Statewide carbon-neutral building stock by mid-century. 

Michael Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, author of Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States
Peter Lehner, Managing Attorney, Earthjustice
Kate Kurera, Deputy Director, Environmental Advocates of New York 
Greg Hale, Senior Adviser, NYSERDA
Lew Daly, Senior Policy Analyst and Senior Advisor, Policy Development, Demos

Program Chairs:
Matthew J. Sinkman, New York Attorney General’s Office, Environmental Protection Bureau
J. Kevin Healy, Co-Chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, Senior Counsel, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, LLP
Amy E. Turner, Co-Chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, Senior Fellow, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Carl Howard, Counsel, U.S. EPA, Region 2, Co-Chair, Global Climate Change Committee, NYS Bar Association, Environmental & Energy Law Section

Sponsored by:
Environmental Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association
Environmental and Energy Law Section and the Real Property Law Section, of the New York State Bar Association