Speakers, Panelists, and Moderators

Eddie Bautista is Executive Director of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, which advocates for the empowerment and just treatment of environmentally overburdened neighborhoods. In 2011, Eddie was invited by Governor Cuomo’s office and the state legislature to provide advice over the reauthorization of New York State’s power plant siting law to protect overburdened communities from increases in local air pollution. Eddie also directed a 2010 voter referendum campaign amending the City Charter to include private infrastructure facilities on the city’s “Fair Share” map. He also spoke at the White House’s first Forum on Environmental Justice. Eddie is the convenor of the Sandy Regional Assembly, an association of environmental justice and community-based groups, and labor allies from areas affected by Superstorm Sandy and those vulnerable to storm surges throughout New York City, New Jersey, and Long Island gathered to propose resiliency and rebuilding priorities for government review during the Sandy Recovery process. Eddie also leads NYC-EJA’s Waterfront Justice Project, a campaign to increase community resilience and climate adaptation along New York City’s Significant Maritime Industrial Areas, which encourage the clustering of polluting infrastructure, heavy manufacturing and industries in waterfront communities of color vulnerable to storm surges.

Frances Beinecke is the President of the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the United States' most influential environmental action groups. The NRDC uses law, science, and the support of 1.3 million members and online activists to advance comprehensive solutions to today's biggest environmental challenges. Under Ms. Beinecke's leadership, the organization has launched a new strategic campaign that sharply focuses NRDC's efforts on establishing a clean energy future that curbs climate change, reviving the world's oceans, defending endangered wildlife and wild places, protecting our health by preventing pollution, fostering sustainable communities, and ensuring safe and sufficient water. Ms. Beinecke has worked with NRDC for more than 30 years. Prior to becoming the president in 2006, Ms. Beinecke served as the organization's executive director for eight years. Under her leadership, NRDC's membership has doubled and the staff has grown to more than 400. She also worked as a member of NRDC's Water and Coastal Program, fighting to protect marine ecosystems from offshore oil and gas development and advocating for sound coastal land use.

In addition to her work at NRDC, Frances was appointed by President Obama to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. She has played a leadership role in several other environmental organizations. She currently serves on the boards of the World Resources Institute, the Energy Future Coalition, and Conservation International's Center for Environmental Leadership in Business. She has been a member of the boards of the Wilderness Society, the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development, and the New York League of Conservation Voters.

Ms. Beinecke has received the Rachel Carson Award from the National Audubon Society, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Annual Conservation Award from the Adirondack Council, and the Robert Marshall Award from the Wilderness Society.

Emanuele Castano is Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Cognitive, Social, and Developmental Psychology at The New School for Social Research. His concentrations are in social psychology, political psychology, existential psychology, and methods and statistics. He researches motives and consequences of social identification; group agency, essentialism, and entativity; collective responsibility, guilt, and shame; dehumanization of the Other; terror management theory; European identity; and self-objectification theory. His recent publications include "Reading Literary Fiction Improves Theory of Mind" in Science (with D. M. Kidd). 

Steven Cohen is the Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and a Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is also Director of the Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and the Director of the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education. From 2002 to 2006, he directed education programs at the Earth Institute. From 1998 to 2001, Cohen was Vice Dean of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. From 1985 to 1998, he was the Director of Columbia's Graduate Program in Public Policy and Administration. From 1987 to 1998, Cohen was Associate Dean for Faculty and Curriculum at SIPA. He is a graduate of James Madison High School in Brooklyn (1970), Franklin College of Indiana (1974) and the State University of New York at Buffalo (MA, 1977; PhD, 1979). In 1976-77, Cohen was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Environmental Policy; in 1978-1979, he was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in Public and Environmental Policy and Implementation.

Russell Hardin is the Helen Gould Shepard Professor in the Social Sciences and Professor of Politics at New York University (since 1993). He was also Professor of Political Science at Stanford University from 2001 to 2003 and Visiting Professor in 1999 and 2000. He is author of many books, including How Do You Know?: The Economics of Ordinary Knowledge (Princeton), Indeterminacy and Society (Princeton), David Hume: Moral and Political Theorist, Indeterminacy and Society (Princeton), Liberalism, Constitutionalism, and Democracy, and One for All: The Logic of Group Conflict (Princeton).

Robert (Bob) Inglis is the Executive Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative, based at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Inglis founded and launched the national, grassroots organization on July 10, 2012. E&EI is guided by the conservative principles of free enterprise and economic growth, limited government, liberty, accountability, and reasonable risk avoidance to solve our nation’s energy and climate challenges. Under Inglis’ leadership, E&EI advocates conservative alternatives to big-government mandates and fickle tax incentives. E&EI maintains that the accountability of a "true cost" comparison between competing fuels will drive innovation and economic growth. An optimistic conservative, Inglis launched E&EI to apply a "can do" American spirit to the challenges at hand. 

Before starting E&EI, Inglis represented South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District (Greenville, Spartanburg, Union counties) for 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Inglis was first elected to Congress in 1992, having never run for public office. He spent six years in the U.S. House (1993-1999) and kept a campaign commitment to serve just three terms. In 1998, he unsuccessfully challenged Democratic U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings. In the fall of 2004, Inglis was re-elected to the open House seat he had previously held and went on to serve another six-year stint in Congress. He was a member of the House Science Committee, where he served as the Chairman of the Research Subcommittee and then as the Ranking Member of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee. During his six years on the Science Committee, interactions with scientists in Antarctica, Australia, and elsewhere shaped his views on climate change. In the turmoil of the financial crisis, Inglis lost his bid for re-election in June 2010. 

Inglis spent the spring semester of 2011 as a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. He taught at the Nicholas School at Duke University in the spring of 2012.

Jennifer Jacquet is Clinical Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at New York University. She is an environmental scientist interested in human cooperation, with specific interests in overfishing and climate change. She is currently writing a book about the evolution, function, and future of the use of shame. She formerly wrote the Guilty Planet blog at Scientific American and contributes to

Dale Jamieson is Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy and Affiliated Professor of Law. Formerly he was the Henry R. Luce Professor in Human Dimensions of Global Change at Carleton College and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he was the only faculty member to win both the Dean's award for research in the social sciences and the Chancellor's award for research in the humanities. He has held visiting appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Cornell, Princeton, Stanford, Oregon, Arizona State University, and Monash University in Australia. He is also past president of the International Society for Environmental Ethics. 

Jamieson is the author of Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle to Stop Climate Change Failed—and Why Our Choices Still Matter (Oxford, 2014), Ethics and the Environment: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2008), and Morality's Progress: Essays on Humans, Other Animals, and the Rest of Nature (Oxford, 2002). He is also the editor or co-editor of nine books, most recently Reflecting on Nature: Readings in Environmental Philosophy, 2nd Edition (Oxford, 2012) with Lori Gruen and Chris Schlottmann. He has published more than one hundred articles and book chapters. He is on the editorial boards of several journals including Environmental Ethics; Science, Technology, and Human Values; Science and Engineering Ethics; Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science; The Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics; and the Journal of Applied Philosophy. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Office of Global Programs in the National Atmospheric and Aeronautics Administration.

John Jost is a professor of psychology and politics and co-director of the Center for Social and Political Behavior at the New York University.John T. Jost is Professor of Psychology and Politics and Co-Director of the Center for Social and Political Behavior at New York University. His research, which addresses stereotyping, prejudice, political ideology, and system justification theory, has been funded by the National Science Foundation and has appeared in top scientific journals and received national and international media attention. He has published over 120 journal articles and book chapters and four co-edited book volumes, including Social and Psychological Bases of Ideology and System Justification (Oxford, 2009). 

Jost has received numerous honors and awards, including the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize, Erik Erikson Award for Early Career Research Achievement in Political Psychology, International Society for Self and Identity Early Career Award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology Theoretical Innovation Prize, Society of Experimental Social Psychology Career Trajectory Award, and the Morton Deutsch Award for Distinguished Scholarly and Practical Contributions to Social Justice. He has served on several editorial boards and executive committees of professional societies and is currently editor of the Oxford University Press book series on Political Psychology. He is a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and the Association of Psychological Science  He is co-author of “The Mind of the Climate Change Skeptic” in Observer (Vol. 26, No. 4, April 2013).

Charlotte Kaiser is Director of Innovative Finance at The Nature Conservancy. She develops innovative financing tools to support conservation activities, particularly the Conservation Note Fund, a debt instrument that would allow investors to support land conservation by purchasing the Conservancy’s corporate debt. Ms. Kaiser joined The Nature Conservancy in May 2009 with more than a decade of experience in land conservation, financial analysis, urban development, and strategic planning. Most recently she worked at Citibank in community development investing, providing debt and equity financing for green buildings, affordable housing, and energy efficiency initiatives. She has also worked for the New York City Parks Department promoting civic engagement and stewardship of the City’s parks and natural areas, and in Indonesian Borneo on a community-based forest management enterprise. Charlotte holds a BA from Harvard University in Environmental Science and Public Policy, a Master's in Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Jerold Kayden, an urban planner and lawyer, is the Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he previously served as co-chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design. His teaching and scholarship address issues of land use and environmental law, public and private real estate development, the role of public space in cities, and the relationship between climate change and land development. His books include Privately Owned Public Space: The New York City Experience; Landmark Justice: The Influence of William J. Brennan on America's Communities; and Zoning and the American Dream: Promises Still to Keep. Since 1991, he has served as principal constitutional counsel to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He has worked internationally on land reform and development in Ukraine, Armenia, Russia, China, Nepal, and Thailand, for the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, and USAID, among other countries and donor organizations. His academic honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Christina Leijonhufvud is a co-founder and managing partner of Tideline Advisors, a consulting firm specializing in impact investments and strategic philanthropy. Tideline’s founders have extensive experience in traditional financial services, bringing practicality and discipline to the innovative field of impact investing. Christina combines extensive experience in risk management, international development, and emerging markets with her passion for social entrepreneurship and impact investment. As a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan, she created and led the firm’s Social Finance strategy from 2007 to 2012 after serving ten years in senior risk management roles. As a unit of the investment bank, Social Finance helped elevate impact investments as a credible new approach for private and institutional investors. Social Finance published seminal research, made proprietary investments in impact funds, and structured and distributed impact investments to clients. Before working in Social Finance, Christina led various risk management teams at J.P. Morgan, including Sovereign Risk & Advisory and Credit Portfolio Risk Management. Christina joined J.P. Morgan in 1996 after working for the World Bank as Country Officer, helping develop reform programs for the former Soviet Republics of Central Asia. In 1991, she served on the inaugural Economic Reform Committee for the Government of Kazakhstan. Christina has also worked for Ashoka-Innovators for the Public (2006-2007) and serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Financial Inclusion and the Board of BRAC USA. Ms. Leijonhufvud received a MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University, and a BA in Sociology from UCLA.

Bevis Longstreth is a retired partner of the New York-based law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton. He was twice appointed by President Reagan as Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he served from 1981 to 1984. For several years following retirement, he taught financial market regulation at Columbia Law School. He has written many articles and two books on various financial subjects and has written two historical novels dealing with ancient Persia. Longstreth serves on the Board of Trustees at The New School.

Brian McGrath is Dean of the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons The New School for Design and the founder and principal of Urban-Interface, LLC, an urban design consultancy fusing expertise in architecture, ecology, and social media. The firm combines new research in urban ecosystems and digital technologies to provide urban design models that engage a broad range of local participants in flexible, innovative approaches to urban densification and revitalization. McGrath is also a principal researcher in the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, a National Science Foundation Long Term Ecological Research project, where he leads the Urban Design Working Group. His books and publications include Urban Design Ecologies Reader (2012); Digital Modeling for Urban Design (2008); Transparent Cities (1994); Resilience in Ecology and Urban Design (2012), co-edited with Steward Pickett and Mary Cadenasso; Growing Cities in a Shrinking World: The Challenges in India and China (2010), co-edited with Ashok Gurung and Jiyanying Zha; Sensing the 21st Century City (2007), co-edited by Grahame Shane; and Cinemetrics: Architectural Drawing Today (2007), co-authored with Jean Gardner. McGrath served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Thailand in 1998-1999 and an India China Institute Fellow in 2006-2008. He is currently the Research Director in the joint U.S.-EU Transatlantic exchange program Urbanisms of Inclusion. McGrath received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and his Master of Architecture from Princeton University, and interned at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York.

Robert O. Mendelsohn is Edwin Weyerhaeuser Davis Professor of Forest Policy, Professor of Economics, and Professor in the School of Management at Yale University. Mendelsohn has written over one hundred peer-reviewed articles and edited six books, including Climate Change and Agriculture: An Economic Analysis of Global Impacts, Adaptation and Distributional Effects (2009). The focus of his research has been the valuation of the environment. He has developed methods to value natural ecosystems including coral reefs, old-growth forests, non-timber forest products, ecotourism, and outdoor recreation. He has also developed methods to value pollution including emissions of criteria pollutants (such as particulates and sulfur dioxide) and hazardous waste sites. His most recent work values the impacts of greenhouse gases, including the effects of climate change on agriculture, forests, water resources, energy, and coasts. This research carefully integrates adaptation into impact assessment and has recently been extended to developing countries around the world. Mendelsohn has also been involved in studies of nonrenewable resources, forest management, and specifically carbon sequestration in forests.

Guy Nordenson is a structural engineer and professor of architecture and structural engineering at Princeton University. With Terence Riley, he was co-curator of the “Tall Buildings” exhibition held at MoMA QNS in 2004. His research project “On the Water | Palisade Bay” won the 2007 AIA College of Fellows Latrobe Research Prize. It was published in 2010 by Hatje Cantz and served as the inspiration for the influential 2010 MoMA workshop and exhibition “Rising Currents.” His book Seven Structural Engineers: The Felix Candela Lectures in Structural Engineering was published in 2008 by MoMA and his collection of essays Patterns and Structure was published in 2010 by Lars Müller Publishers. In 2009, Nordenson was the seventh practicing structural engineer to be awarded the AIA’s Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement Award and was the first to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is Commissioner and Secretary of the New York City Public Design Commission. Nordenson has been engaged in climate adaptation and flood hazards mitigation research and has been active in improving the resilience of New York City as a member of numerous committees and task forces. He was appointed by Governor Cuomo to the NYS 2100 Commission and by Mayor Bloomberg to the New York City Panel on Climate Change.

Michael Oppenheimer is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University. He is the Director of the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) at the Woodrow Wilson School and Faculty Associate of the Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences Program, Princeton Environmental Institute, and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. Oppenheimer joined the Princeton faculty after more than two decades with The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a nongovernmental environmental organization, where he served as chief scientist and manager of the Climate and Air Program. He continues to serve as a science advisor to EDF. Oppenheimer is a long-time participant in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, serving recently as a lead author of the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report and now as a coordinating lead author of the Fifth Assessment Report,as well as, a special report on climate extremes and disasters. Oppenheimer has been a member of several panels of the National Academy of Sciences and is now a member of the National Academies’ Board on Energy and Environmental Studies. He is also a winner of the 2010 Heinz Award and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Paul C. Stern is director of the Standing Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Climate Change at the National Research Council in the National Academies of Science. At the NRC, he has directed or played other major staff roles in many major studies in the areas of risk communication, risk management, environmental decision making, and environmental decision support, including Improving Risk Communication (1989), Global Environmental Change: Understanding the Human Dimensions (1992), Understanding Risk (1996), Making Climate Forecasts Matter (1999), New Tools for Environmental Protection: Education, Information, and Voluntary Measures (2002), Decision Making for the Environment: Social and Behavioral Science Priorities (2005), Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making (2008), Informing Decisions in a Changing Climate (2009), and ongoing set of studies of America’s Climate Choices. He is coauthor of the textbook Environmental Problems and Human Behavior (2nd ed., 2002). His articles have been published in Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Environmental Science and Technology, Bioscience, Environment, and many other scientific and scholarly journals. He was lead author of a 2009 study prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, “Generic Lessons Learned about Societal Responses to Emerging Technologies Perceived as Involving Risks.” His co-authored article “The Struggle to Govern the Commons,” published in Science in 2003, won the 2005 Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Psychological Association. He holds a BA from Amherst College and MA and PhD degrees from Clark University, all in psychology.

Daniel R. Tishman is Chairman and CEO of Tishman Construction, Vice Chairman of AECOM and Chairman of the Board at the Natural Resources Defense Council. For more than 25 years, Daniel Tishman has been at the forefront of real estate development and green building in New York City. Under his leadership, Tishman Construction built 4 Times Square, the first green skyscraper in New York City; 7 World Trade Center, the first office tower in New York City to be certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system; and The New School’s 16-story University Center, which opened to the public in January 2014 with a LEED Gold rating. In addition, the corporation recently completed construction of the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, the first skyscraper in the world to be certified LEED Platinum, and the LEED Gold-certified CityCenter, the largest and most sustainable mixed-use hotel, residential, retail, and casino complex in the United States. Sustainability also defines Tishman’s significant philanthropic advocacy. He has given generously to The New School’s Tishman Environmental Design Center, sponsored internships, and participated in scholarship support in his own name and father's name over the past several years. In 2006, Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed Tishman to New York City’s Sustainability Advisory Board, where he provided expertise and input for the creation of PlaNYC 2030, a blueprint for greening New York City. In addition, Tishman is Chairman of the Board of the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the world’s leading environmental advocacy organizations.

Joel Towers is Executive Dean of Parsons The New School for Design, a position in which he has served since 2009. Towers has led the design and development of cutting-edge programs, curricular innovation, and the implementation of a more inclusive governance structure. He also serves as an Associate Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Design. Prior to his appointment, Joel was the Dean of the School of Design Strategies at Parsons, one of five schools formed as part of a major academic restructuring effort to foster cross-disciplinary learning. Under his leadership, the School of Design Strategies played a significant role in the development of new undergraduate programs in Urban Design and Environmental Studies as well as graduate programs in Transdisciplinary Design, Design and Urban Ecologies, Theories of Urban Practice, and Strategic Design and Management. Towers came to The New School in 2004 as the first director of Sustainable Design and Urban Ecology. In 2006, he became the inaugural director of the Tishman Environment and Design Center and Associate Provost for Environmental Studies. In each of these roles, he advanced institutional goals on a broad and ambitious scale, demonstrating a clear understanding of the shared intellectual paradigms emerging between the liberal arts, social sciences, and design. A prime example of this approach is the university-wide Environmental Studies programs Towers helped create in partnership with Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts.

Elke Weber is the Jerome A. Chazen Professor of International Business at the Columbia Business School and Professor of Psychology and Earth Institute Professor at Columbia University. She is an expert on behavioral models of decision-making under risk and uncertainty, investigating psychologically and neurally plausible ways to model individual differences in risk taking and discounting, specifically in risky financial situations and environmental decisions. Weber is past president of the Society for Mathematical Psychology, the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, and the Society for Neuroeconomics. She has edited two major decision journals, serves on the editorial boards of multiple journals across several disciplines and on advisory committees of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences related to human dimensions in global change, and is a lead author in Working Group III for the 5th Assessment Report of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

Claire Weisz, FAIA, is a founding principal of WXY architecture + urban design, which focuses on creating innovative public spaces, structures, and cities. WXY’s work includes the creative envisioning of new waterfronts, civic architecture, adaptive reuse, and urban revitalization efforts. Frequently cited in the media and professional circles, Claire has served on numerous design award and competition juries and was co-editor of AD magazine’s "Extreme Sites: Greening the Brownfield" issue. She is a registered architect in California, New York, and New Jersey. Among other public recognitions, WXY has won AIA New York Chapter Merit and Honors awards and was selected as one of The Architectural League’s Emerging Voices in 2011.

About the Director

Arien Mack, the Alfred and Monette Marrow Professor of Psychology at The New School for Social Research, has been the editor of Social Research since 1970 and is the founder and director of the Social Research conference series and all other Social Research projects. She teaches and manages a research laboratory investigating visual perception. Her publications include more than 60 articles; a book, Inattentional Blindness (1998); and three edited volumes (issues of Social Research republished as books by university presses), Death and the American Experience (1973), Technology and the Rest of Culture (1997), and Humans and Other Animals (1995).

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