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What are the prospects for renewable energy in the U.S. and globally? How do we decarbonize our economy? How do we create a hospitable political and social climate for creating green jobs and encouraging smart green investment? Panelists include Philippe Burke, Apache Capital Management; David Foster, Senior Advisor to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and co-founder of the BlueGreen Alliance; Micah Kotch, Director of NY Prize and Strategic Advisor for Innovation at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); and David Levine, co-founder and CEO, American Sustainable Business Council. Moderator: Arthur Lerner-Lam, Deputy Director, Center for Climate and Life, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University.

Philippe C. Burke is the founder and managing partner of Apache Capital Management and a member of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. A labor leader in the United Steelworkers, David Foster is the founder and former executive director of the BlueGreen Alliance, a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the clean economy. In June 2014, he was appointed a senior advisor on industrial and economic policy to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. Micah Kotch serves as Director of NY Prize and Strategic Adviser for Innovation at NYSERDA, where he is responsible for the design and execution of NY PRize, helping to catalyze the innovation and entrepreneurship necessary to transform the state's electric power infrastructure. Previously, Kotch served as Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the NYU School of Engineering, where he worked with the New York City Economic Development Corporation to open New York City's first sponsored tech incubator on Varick Street in Hudson Square in 2009. David Levine is the co-founder and chief executive officer of the American Sustainable Business Council, which represents a membership network of more than 200,000 businesses nationwide. Previously, he was the Founding Director of Continuing Education & Public Programs at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Arthur Lerner-Lam is the Deputy Director of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, where he's also a research scientist and a professor of earth and environmental sciences.

This event is part of the Fall 2014 programming series ICP Talks: Climate Change


ICP gratefully acknowledges our partnership with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society of Columbia University | Earth Institute, The Climate Group and Climate Week NYC, and The Human Impacts Institute, Brooklyn, in developing and presenting public programs to accompany the exhibition Sebastião Salgado: Genesis.

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
International Research Institute

Climate Week NYC

Human Impacts Institute


Sebastião Salgado, Iceberg between Paulet Island and the South Shetland Islands on the Antarctic Channel. At sea level, earlier flotation levels are clearly visible where the ice has been polished by the ocean’s constant movement. High above, a shape resembling a castle tower has been carved by wind erosion and detached pieces of ice. The Antarctic Peninsula, 2005. © Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas images—Contact Press Images.