Past Event

Energy Finance: Strategies for Using Investment Dollars to Navigate the Risks of Climate Change and Opportunities in the Clean Energy Economy

April 20, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 106, 435 West 116th Street (Corner of Amsterdam Avenue), New York, NY 10027

Event description

This conference will highlight strategies for moving portfolios away from fossil fuel investments, including divestment, and will also feature insights on trends and opportunities in clean energy, such as workforce transition.

The conference will explore ways investors, portfolio managers, fund trustees, and other interested stakeholders can deleverage portfolios away from fossil fuel investments and transition to a clean energy and sustainability portfolio, while taking account of increasing regulatory reforms and climate change risks.

Panelists will be state, national, and international experts from the environmental, energy, legal, financial, and investment fields.

Panel 1

Deleveraging portfolios away from fossil fuel investments to a clean energy and sustainability portfolio – Why now?

  • Constructing Environmentally-conscious investment portfolios
  • The ongoing market, regulatory and climate risks to fund beneficiaries using current investment strategies and maintaining the status quo
  • Measuring risks and impacts with data and through new investment approaches
  • Moving from Impact Investing Strategies to Mitigating Risk Strategies


  • David Sandalow – Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy; Senior Research Scholar; Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs


  • Ellen Dorsey – Executive Director, Wallace Global Fund
  • Jamie Henn – Co-Founder & Strategic Communications Director
  • Henrik Jeppesen – Head of Investor Outreach, North America, Carbon Tracker Initiative
  • Michael Gerrard – Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Panel 2

Moving from Fossil Fuels to Clean Energy Investing– New Opportunities to Grow a Sustainable Portfolio While De-risking

  • Clean Energy investment strategy is good for the environment and good for the emerging clean energy economy and jobs
  • How good investing can discourage bad activities
  • The role of public private partnerships such as NY Green Bank


  • Lisa Sachs – Director, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment; Columbia Law School – The Earth Institute, Columbia University


  • Alfred Griffin – President, NY Green Bank
  • Philip Ripman – Senior Analyst and Portfolio Manager, Storebrand Assest Management
  • Jay Koh – Co-Founder & Managing Director, The Lightsmith Group
  • Gary LaBarbera – President, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York

This event is co-sponsored by the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, the Earth Institute, and New York State.