Agenda | Mobilizing the University for Climate Transformation

Agenda

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. | To eat lunch and VSFree

9.15 a.m. – 9.20 a.m. | Welcome: Bob Kopp, Co-Director, University Office of Climate Action; Director, Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub; Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

9:20 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. | Introduction: Francine Conway, Chancellor-Provost, Rutgers-New Brunswick

9:25 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Opening remarks: Jonathan Holloway, university president and professor

9:30 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. | Roundtable I: Mobilizing University Climate Action

This theme focuses on the overarching vision of Rutgers’ climate action plan: to mobilize our academic, operational, and economic capabilities to advance just and equitable climate solutions and help achieve national net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. This panel invites key University leaders to discuss: How to integrate the academic, operational and economic capacities of the University to accelerate climate action?

  • Moderator: Jonathan Holloway, president of the university and professor
  • Speaker: Antonio Calcado, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Speaker: Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers-Newark
  • Speaker: Francine Conway, Chancellor-Provost, Rutgers-New Brunswick
  • Speaker: Brian Strom, Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
  • Speaker: Antonio Tillis, Chancellor, Rutgers-Camden

10:30 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. | Round table II: Laboratories of Climate Citizenship

The climate crisis is already and will remain an inescapable aspect of our lives. Over the coming decades, we will feel the impacts of climate change, and many of us will participate in and help lead climate action around the world and across all sectors. Rutgers’ role as a laboratory for climate citizenship will be our most enduring contribution to climate transformation. This theme requires: How do we use our campus and surrounding areas as laboratories to prepare members of the Rutgers community as whole individuals to leverage their distinctive talents and interests to become active and resilient climate citizens?

  • Moderator: Prabhas Moghe, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Speaker: Rebecca Cypess, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Mason Gross School of the Arts
  • Speaker: Holly Nelson, Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Landscape Architecture
  • Speaker: Amanda O’Lear, Member, New Jersey Climate Change Resources Center Climate Corps; Graduate Student, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
  • Speaker: Kendall Soto, Chair, Rutgers University Student Assembly Sustainability Committee; member of the Student Advisory Council of the Office of Climate Action; New Brunswick undergraduate student
  • Speaker: Jack Tchen, Director, Clement Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture & the Modern Experience

11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. | Round table III: Partnership for Climate Stock

This theme focuses on academic, planning, and operational partnerships to help New Jersey communities and businesses decarbonize and adapt to the impacts of climate change, and on research, education, and training initiatives. commitment that integrates these efforts. He asks : How? ‘Or’ What can Rutgers partner with New Jersey Communities and companies accelerate community climate transformation through our State?

  • Moderator: Kevin Lyons, Co-Director, Office of Climate Action; Member, New Jersey Council on the Green Economy; Associate Professor of Practice, Rutgers Business School
  • Speaker: Noa Gafni, Director, Rutgers Institute for Corporate Social Innovation
  • Speaker: Larodge Johnson, undergraduate student at Camden; member of the Student Advisory Council of the Office of Climate Action; community activist and photographer
  • Speaker: Marjorie Kaplan, Co-Director, New Jersey Climate Change Resource Center; co-host, New Jersey Climate Change Alliance; Associate Director, Rutgers Climate Institute
  • Speaker: Steven Keleman, Executive Director, Emergency Management Services
  • Speaker: Robert Laumbach, Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Institute of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

12:25 p.m. – 12:28 p.m. | Closing of Morning Session: Suah Yekeh, Member, Climate Action Office Student Advisory Council

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | LUNCH BREAK and SHOWCASE

1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. | Climate Action Group Workshop 1: Chancellor-led Units (competitor)

  • Camden Climate Action Group
  • Newark Climate Action Group
  • New Brunswick Climate Action Group
  • RBHS Climate Action Group

2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. | Climate Stock Group Workshop 2: Operational (competitor)

  • Building and Energy Climate Action Group
  • Transport Climate Action Group
  • Procurement and Waste Management Climate Action Group
  • Food Services and Food Suppliers Climate Action Group
  • Planning, Development and Design Climate Action Group

3:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. | Climate Stock Group Workshop 3: Operational (competitor)

  • Building and Energy Climate Action Group
  • Transport Climate Action Group
  • Procurement and Waste Management Climate Action Group
  • Food Services and Food Suppliers Climate Action Group
  • Planning, Development and Design Climate Action Group

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Reception

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