Sustainability Management Student Association (SUMASA)
is pleased to present
4th Annual Sustainable Perspectives Symposium:
Measuring Sustainability: If You Can’t Measure It, How Can You Improve It?
Why do businesses and corporations want to become sustainable? Is it because of competition, transparency, profit? Join us as industry leaders discuss how and why they have included sustainability in their business model, why it is important, and how it is measured.
We have invited speakers from academic, government, and private sectors to talk about how they are implementing their sustainability strategies and measuring its impact. The speakers will discuss the types of data and frameworks that are helping them make the business case for sustainability, as well as the key successes and emerging challenges in ESG data management and reporting.
Friday, April 10, 2015
12:00 – 4:30 PM
1161 Amsterdam Avenue (Cross Street: 117th St)
Columbia University, Morningside Campus
A reception will follow the symposium.
This event is free and open to the public.
RSVP is required, please click here.
12:00 – 12:30 : Welcome / Check-In
12:30 – 12:45 PM : Introduction
12:45 – 2:00 PM : Speakers – Measuring Sustainability
2:00 – 2:15 PM : Break
2:15 – 3:15 PM : Panel Discussion – Sustainability in Corporations
3:15 – 3:30 PM : Closing Remarks
3:30 – 4:30 PM : Reception
Alison Miller – Deputy Executive Director, The Earth Institute
Alison Miller is a sustainability policy and management speacialist and operations manager working in the non-profit and public sectors. She began her career in finance as a business development associate at an asset manager firm. Then, she received her Master and Public Administration in Environmental Policy from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. She currently works as the Deputy Executive Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University and the Associate Director of the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management at the Earth Institute.
Patricia Lee – Director, Code Green Solutions
Patricia Lee works as a Director for CodeGreen where she uses her background in sustainable architecture and construction management as a valuable resource for consulting on existing building, commercial interior, and new construction projects. She has managed the completion of over 10 million square feet of energy audits and commissioning work as well as over 30 LEED certification projects. She also heads CodeGreen’s software solutions division which includes CodeGreen’s free energy compliance mobile app and ProAct, a sustainability and energy efficiency tracking tool. Patricia Lee earned her BA in Urban Studies & Architecture with a minor in Environmental Science from Columbia University.
Marc Karell – CEO, Climate Change and Environmental Services
Marc has over 25 years of experience in consulting working in the areas of energy, sustainability, and air quality. Working nationally for Fortune 500 companies, small firms and municipalities, Marc performs greenhouse gas emission inventories, energy audits, green building evaluations, toxic air emission inventories, strategic assessments to reduce emissions effectively and economically, and has negotiated with regulatory agencies concerning environmental issues. Marc is a Lecturer at New York Medical College and teaches an advanced graduate level course in air pollution. He serves on the board of advisors of the periodicals Chemical Engineering Progress and Environmental Managers Compliance Advisor, and has numerous publications to his credit.
Paul Manning – Director of Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS), Consolidated Edison
Steve 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, Director of the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education, and the Director of the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management. 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 1987-1998, Cohen was Associate Dean for Faculty and Curriculum at SIPA.