The Business Climate in the Wake of the Paris Conference, COP21
NEW YORK, NY – January 27, 2016 – The Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity at Baruch College, in partnership with The Sustainability Practice Network (SPN), invites you to a Post-U.N. Climate Change Conference Discussion on Tuesday, February 2.
The recent Paris COP 21 Climate Accord is widely hailed as a historic show of solidarity among nearly 200 nations. The pact aims to curtail greenhouse gas emissions and keep temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius. While scientists warn that the accord may be too late to prevent some effects of climate change, the negotiations and results are clear indications of a giant step in the right direction.
Among the most important points of progress was bringing business to the negotiating table, with corporate leaders of every stripe – including those from “Big Oil” – supporting drastic changes and pledging to overhaul operations to lower greenhouse gases. TheNew York Times notes “the deal could be viewed as a signal to global financial and energy markets, triggering a fundamental shift away from investment in coal, oil and gas as primary energy sources toward zero-carbon energy sources like wind, solar and nuclear power.” In this way, business could serve as the practical “grease” that helps put into motion the wheels to drive a new economy.
Speakers on this panel will attest the need for change has always inspired business, and there is every reason to believe that the challenge of climate change will do the same. Panelists will revisit COP conversations on new ways forward, including: putting a price on carbon; divesting fossil fuels from portfolios; changing investment thinking from short-term profit to longer-term goals; and encouraging public-private partnerships that actually work to ensure everyone benefits fairly. The discussion will provide an insightful picture of the business climate post-Paris COP 21.
Panelists include: Dale Bryk, Director of Programs – Natural Resources Defense;Bernhard Frey, Manager – Environment & Climate, U.N. Global Compact; and, Chris Walker, Director North America, World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The panel will be moderated by Baruch College’s Ann Goodman, President, Telesys Advisory.
The Sustainability Practice Network (SPN) is a New-York-based forum for professionals working with corporate responsibility and sustainability issues to build community based on learning, discussion, information and idea exchange. There are over one thousand members on the network’s list-serve, representing practitioners from industry, academia, government and NGO’s. For more information please visit:www.sustainabilitypractice.net.
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WHEN: Tuesday, February 2, 2016
6:00 p.m. – Registration and Networking
6:15 p.m. – Panel
7:30 p.m. – Q&A
8:00 p.m. – Networking
WHERE: Baruch College- Information and Technology Building
151 E. 25th Street
New York, NY 10010
Atrium, Rackow Room and Lounge – Rooms 750 and 760
About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY)) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.
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