Climate Change Initiative


Climate Change Events on Campus


Climate Change, Security, and Intelligence in the Anthropocene

Thursday, February 28, 12-1:15pm, Littauer Building, Belfer Center Library Room 369, 79 John F. Kennedy Street

Sponsor: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Intelligence Project Lunch

Latin American Conference Presented by Students at Harvard Kennedy School

Saturday, March 2, 1:45-3pm, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy Street

PANEL III: Innovating to Address Sustainable Development and Climate Change

Record rains, droughts and temperatures have hit the world in recent years and Latin America had been no exception. In the region, all countries have signed the Paris Agreement which has forced them to adopt a new look that urges for a change in behavior and attitude towards climate change. However, the challenge remains to implement change and foster sustainable development. It is amidst effective dialogue between Latin American countries to that we can effectively negotiate as a block around the common issues and develop viable strategies that can speak for the region as a single voice. 

This panel will discuss the collaborations and innovations that governments, international organizations, and the public sector are working on to promote sustainable development while mitigating the impact of climate change.

Speakers: Ramón Bueno, Climate & Development Specialist, Matilde Mordt, Head of the Sustainable Development and Resilience Cluster UNDP, and Michel Santos, Director Global Sustainability, Bunge Ltda.

Moderated by Julio Lumbreras, Visiting Scholar, Sustainability Science Program, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Climate Change: Our Global Experiment

Ongoing and open Monday through Sunday, 9am-5pm, Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

The Harvard Museum of Natural History has just opened an important new exhibit on climate change that draws on the latest science about our warming climate, the global, and local consequences, and what we can do to prepare for its effects. This multimedia exhibit includes engaging video and storm simulations, a “check your knowledge” interactive station, and a dramatic inside look at a high-tech Argo float from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution — one of 4,000 deployed worldwide to monitor global oceans and climate. Developed in collaboration with the Harvard University Center for the Environment, Climate Change offers visitors the hard facts about one of the world’s greatest challenges.

Stepping Up: Business in the Era of Climate Change

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 5-6, 6:30-8pm, WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave.

Harvard Business School and Boston University’s Questrom School of Business are partnering with WBUR on a new five-part event series featuring leaders from business, environmental advocacy groups, and area universities, who will explore what businesses are doing, can do, and should do to confront climate change.

In deciding where to locate, managers take into account proximity to workers, customers and infrastructure. But climate change—and associated sea level rise, extreme weather, drought, wildfires and political and security risk—is changing the calculus of where businesses set up shop and how they manage their supply chains. What new costs is climate change posing for large manufacturers that buy inputs and sell products in a global marketplace? Will businesses of the future retreat from the coast to areas less prone to climate disruption? What will those shifts mean for coastal cities like Boston?

Speakers: David Cash, Dean, School of Public Policy, UMass Boston, Bryan Koop Executive VP, Boston Properties, Rachel Cleetus, Policy Director Climate and Energy, Union of Concerned Scientists

Moderated by Barbara Moran, WBUR Senior Producing, Editor, Environment

Climate Justice is Social Justice: How to Build Equitable Climate Movements

Wednesday, March 6, 4:30-6pm, Littauer 230, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy Street

Are you a social justice advocate also concerned about climate change? A climate champion who wants to broaden your mission to climate justice? All are welcome for a lively presentation and discussion with Colette Pichon Battle on why the climate movement needs more social justice and vice versa.

Colette Pichon Battle is an attorney, advocate, and alliance builder who creates multi-racial regional alliances and served as a lead coordinator for Gulf South Rising, a regional initiative around climate justice in the South. In addition to leading advocacy initiatives that intersect with race, systems of power, and ecology, Colette manages GCCLP's legal services and maintains her legal specialization in disaster and immigration law.

Colette will take questions from the audience and impart her hard-won leadership lessons. 

Speaker: Colette Pichon Battle, Founder, President and Executive Director, Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy

Transparency First: Evolving Governance Systems on Tackling Climate Change Under the Paris Agreement

Thursday, March 7, 11:45am-1pm, Harvard Kennedy School, L-324 Fainsod Room, 79 John F. Kennedy Street

This seminar will be given by Artur Runge-Metzger, Director, European Commission. It is part of the Regulatory Policy Program seminar series. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to

Speaker: Artur Runge-Metzger, Director, European Commission

Screening of "Paris to Pittsburgh" followed by expert panel discussion

Thursday, March 14, 6-8pm, Harvard University, Science Center Hall C, 1 Oxford Street

Climate change is the most pressing issue of our time. But faced with a federal government that is hostile to climate science, leaders across the US are taking action themselves to safeguard our health and our environment.

Join Gina McCarthy, former U.S. EPA Administrator and Director of the Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in a screening and panel discussion of "Paris to Pittsburgh," a new documentary from Bloomberg Philanthropies and Radical Media. Panelists were featured in the documentary and conversations will explore the role of media in increasing public awareness and how local, private sector and community leaders can continue to work towards the Paris Agreement despite federal inaction on climate change.

Speaker: Mindy Lubber, President of Ceres, Ken Kimmell, President of Union of Concerned Scientists, Chris Wheat, Strategic Director at NRDC American Cities Climate Challenge, Bruce Gellerman, Senior Environmental Correspondent at WBUR, Gina McCarthy, Director of Harvard C-CHANGE & Former EPA Administrator (Moderator)

Stepping Up: Business In The Era Of Climate Change Part 2 (Food, Diet And Climate)

Tuesday, April 2, 6:30-8pm, WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave.

Business is the main source of the greenhouse gases that are causing the Earth’s climate to change. Business is also the main source of new products, services and business models that may save us from wholesale climate calamity. This 5-part series, featuring leading thinkers from business, environmental advocacy groups and area universities, will explore what businesses are doing, can do and should do to confront climate change.

The food industry contributes a lot to the climate change problem, but it also offers solutions. From sustainable supply chains to plant-based burgers with the taste and texture of beef and meat-like protein grown in the lab, new foods are exploding onto restaurant menus and family dinner plates. What challenges are companies facing as they introduce these new foods into the marketplace? How fast can we expect these new foods to catch on? And what are companies that are known for serving traditional meat doing to reduce their carbon footprint? Is big agribusiness getting on board with these changes--or standing in the way?

Speakers: Bruce Friedrich, Founder and CEO, Good Food Institute, Ayr Muir, Founder and CEO of Clover Food Lab, David Perry, Founder and CEO, Indigo Agriculture, Nicole Johnson-Hoffman, President, Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, former VP of Cargill

Moderated by Barbara Moran, WBUR Senior Producing Editor, Environment

Climate Week

Monday, April 24 - Saturday, April 29

The Harvard University Center for the Environment, in cooperation with a wide variety of partner institutions across the Harvard campus, has organized a week of climate change-related events called “Climate Week.”  This week-long program will give the Harvard community, as well as the interested public, exposure to some of the best scholarship and thinking related to climate change that we have at the University.

Richard Newell, President and CEO, Resources for the Future, Bud Ris, Co-Chair, Climate Preparedness Working Group, Boston Green Ribbon Commission, and Senior Climate Advisor, Barr Foundation, Colin Butterfield, Head of Natural Resources, Harvard Management Company, Lauren Kurtz, Executive Director, Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, and Naomi Oreskes, Professor, History of Science; Affiliated Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, Director Zhao Liang, Joseph Mascaro and Andrew Zolli, Planet Labs, Inc., David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), David Lobell, William Wrigley Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Associate Professor of Earth System Science; Deputy Director, Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford University, Timothy LeCaine, Associate Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies, Montana State University, Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust, Gina McCarthy, former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, with an introduction by Michelle Williams, Dean of the Harvard T.H. School of Public Health. Panel discussions will follow featuring Aaron Bernstein, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Anneliese Depoux, Centre Virchow-Villermé, University of Sorbonne Paris Cité; Ashish Jha, Harvard Global Health Institute; Vanessa Kerry, Seed Global Health; Jennifer Leaning, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights; Rainer Sauerborn, Heidelberg University; Jerry Taylor, Niskanen Center; Lise Van Susteren, Lucky Planet Foods; Michael VanRooyen, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and Kira Vinke, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Jonathan Buonocore, Center for Health & the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Sandra Diaz, Córdoba National University (Argentina) and Argentine National Research Council; Michael Donoghue, Yale University; Kate Jones, University College London; Ana Rodrigues, The French National Center for Scientific Research; and moderated by Jonathan Davies, McGill University,   OFS Director Heather Henriksen, Nicole Dulaney, Hillcrest High School Earth Science Faculty, NASA Associate Researcher, and Math for America Early Career Fellow, David Buckley Borden, Charles Bullard Fellow. 

Moderated by George Serafeim, HBS Professor 

Stepping Up: Business In The Era Of Climate Change Part 3 (Climate Politics And Business)

Moday, April 22, 6:30-8pm, WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave.

In the United States, business has controlled the policy agenda for addressing climate change at the federal level, and the result has been obfuscation and delay. Today more and more business leaders are voicing support of some form of carbon tax or other mechanism to put a price on carbon. What is driving industry action and where will it lead? What is the role for business leaders in climate policy?

Speakers: William Eacho, Partnership for Responsible Growth, Mindy Lubber, CEO, Ceres, Auden Schendler, Vice President of Sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company

Moderated by Bruce Gellerman, WBUR Environmental Reporter 

Stepping Up: Business In The Era of Climate Change Part 4 (The Road Map Of The Future: Transportation)

Tuesday, May 7,  6:30-8pm, WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave.

In Massachusetts, the transportation sector generated more greenhouse gas emissions than any other sector, and the pressure is on to make improvements. The specter of climate change is shaking up the business strategies of traditional automakers and giving a big boost to alternatives like peer-to-peer car sharing, biking, and scooters. What will the transportation system of the future look like? What are the barriers and how are upstart companies tackling them? How are big car companies responding?

Speakers: Adam Gromis, Public Policy Manager, Sustainability & Environmental Impact, Uber, Kevin Butt, General Manager - Regional Environmental Sustainability Director, Toyota North America, Caroline Samponaro, Head of Bike, Scooter & Pedestrian Policy at Lyft

Moderator, WBUR Environmental Reporter Bruce Gellerman

Stepping Up: Business In The Era Of Climate Change Part 5 (Energy Transitions)

Tuesday, June 4,  6:30-8pm, WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave.

We cannot confront climate change without wholesale changes in our sources of energy. What companies are leading the transition to fossil-fuel-free energy, what barriers are they facing, and how are they tackling those barriers? How are traditional electric utilities shifting their business strategies to accommodate or even promote new, cleaner sources of energy? And how are new entrants to this old sector distrupting the electricity industry with clean energy innovations?

Speakers: Peter Fox-Penner, Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy, and Professor of Practice, Questrom School of Business, Abigail Ross Hopper, President & CEO at Solar Energy Industries Association, and Francis Slingsby, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Orsted.

Moderated by Bruce Gellerman, WBUR Environmental Reporter