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Sustainble Finance: Foundations And Future Growth

4 February

Explore the landscape of players and motivations in sustainable finance. As demand grows for interdisciplinary training in sustainable finance, find out how you can be ahead of the curve in this growing field.

Participants: Welcome from Steven Cohen, Executive Director, the Earth Institute, Columbia University; Introduction by Satyajit Bose, Lecturer in the Discipline of Economics, Columbia University; and Moderated by Travis Bradford, Associate Professor of Practice in International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Panelists: Frank Barbarino, Vice President - Goldman Sachs; Michael Davis, Director, Institutional Client Relationships - Calvert Investments; Sonal Mahida, US Network Manager, the Principles for UN Responsible Investment Initiative; Kevin Parker, CEO, - Sustainable Insight Capital Management; and Amy Springsteel, Director of Corporate Responsibility - Voya Financial

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 6 pm

Location: Columbia Club, 15 West 43 Street, James Madison Room, 2nd Floor

RSVP: This event is open to the public and registration is required. .A cocktail reception will follow the talk. For more information or to RSVP for the event, please contact Hayley Martinez at hmartinez@ei.columbia.edu, or register here

Around Town

Central Park Tour: West Side Stories

7 February

Discover some of the secret spots that West Siders know all-too-well: a lost village, a poetic garden, the Oak Bridge, and a tear drop-shaped landscape that memorializes a fallen musical icon. The route involves moderate inclines and a few stairs.

Sponsors: NYC Parks Department & The Central Park Conservancy

Date: Saturday, February 7, noon–1:30 PM

Location: 81st Street and Central Park West in Central Park

RSVP: Space is limited; advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are available onsite for purchase by credit card only. Please arrive at the meeting location 15 minutes before the start of the tour to allow time for check in. For the courtesy of other guests, those arriving after the start time cannot be accommodated. Tickets: $15 per person. Central Park Conservancy members: $10 per person.

Ticket sales are final. Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 degrees or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.


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NY Green Bank: Reflections On Year 1 and Prospects For The Future

11 February

Join us for a look back at the New York Green Bank's first year in operation and plans for the future. With its initial capital allocated to transactions agreed to in principle, what's ahead for the Bank in 2015?

Sponsor: Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law

Speakers: Caroline Angoorly, Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director - NY Green Bank: and Paul Francis NYU Law ’80, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law

Date: Wednesday, February 11, 6:30 - 8 pm

Location: NYU School of Law, Faculty Library (3rd Floor), Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South

RSVP: Eventbrite 1.5 CLE credit available for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.


Around Town

De Blasio Administration: Freshman Year Report Card

24 February

A year ago, Bill de Blasio won the NYC mayoral election handily with an impressive campaign touting progressive change. Appealing to a shrinking middle class, his platform promised to address income disparity, universal pre-K, more affordable housing, and build on his predecessor’s environmental programs.

Consistent with his progressive platform, ‘City and State’ - the mayor’s first Management Report focuses on equity, equality and opportunity, and shows mixed results in meeting his early goals. After his first year on the job, how does the mayor’s performance compare to the promise of his campaign? What are the early lessons learned and where are there opportunities for improvement? Join our panel of experts to discuss these realities and look ahead to year two of Mayor de Blasio’s administration.

Sponsor: Sustainability Practice Network (SPN)

Date: February 24, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Location: NYU Stern School of Business, 44 West 4th Street, Room KMC 1-100

Speakers: Marcia Bystryn, Executive Director - New York League of Conservation Voters; Steve Cohen, Executive Director - Columbia Earth Institute; Donna De Constanzo, Senior Attorney - Natural Resources Defense Council; & Darren Suarez, Director of Government Affairs - The Business Council of New York State

RSVP: SPN

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