Climate change is no longer a future problem. It is here according to the majority of scientists and experts. Can we reverse course? Join the College Alumni Association and fellow Arts and Science alumni for an engaging panel discussion about the politics of climate change and public policy.
The panel discussion will be followed by a drinks and hors d'oeuvres networking reception.
Registration for the event is $10. Register here
Scott Frank, PE, LEED AP, Partner, Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Scott Frank has had a long career in the fields of energy conservation and design. A founding member and current Board Chair of Urban Green Council, he serves on the NYC Energy Code Advisory Committee and leads the Sustainable Design practice at JB&B, a full-service consulting engineering firm that has been at the forefront of advancing design professional practice toward sustainability. Scott has also been actively involved with supporting the Mayor’s One City Built to Last plan for reducing city-wide carbon emissions by 80% before the year 2050. Specifically, Mr. Frank served on the Mayor’s Task Force in 2017 focused on developing a framework for managing carbon emissions for the city’s more than 1 million buildings, including developing specific recommendations for incremental policy changes as well as technical recommendations for retrofitting existing buildings to improve energy performance. With his background in HVAC design―a key driver in building energy conservation―Scott has managed energy-efficient projects throughout New York City, including One Bryant Park, the World Trade Center site redevelopment, and the Jerome L. Greene Science Center at Columbia University’s Manhattanville campus.
Dale Jamieson, Founding Director of Environmental Studies, Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, Affiliated Professor of Law, Affiliated Professor of Medical Ethics, NYU
Dale Jamieson is Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, Affiliated Professor of Law, and Affiliated Professor of Bioethics at NYU. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. He has held visiting appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and at universities in the U.S. and abroad. In 2017 he was a Zurich Distinguished Visitor on Climate Change at UC Santa Barbara. In 2016 he was awarded the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences William R. Freudenburg Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dale is the author of several books regarding the environment and climate change. His most recent book, Discerning Experts: The Practices of Scientific Assessment for Environmental Policy, co-authored with Michael Oppenheimer, Naomi Oreskes and others, will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2019. Jamieson is also the editor or co-editor of nine books, most recently, Environment and Society: A Reader (NYU, 2017). Dale’s 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.
Senator Todd Kaminsky (LAW ’03), Chair of Environmental Conservation Committee
As Ranking Member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, Senator Kaminsky has been a champion for preserving and protecting Long Island’s air, soil and water. He led the charge to regulate the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-Dioxane in drinking water and introduced legislation to ban the carcinogen from everyday consumer products. Senator Kaminsky has also sponsored measures to promote sources of renewable energy, including solar and wind. Additionally, he successfully advocated to restrict the vaping of e-cigarettes in indoor locations.
Senator Kaminsky was named one of City & State’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars and one of the New York Observer’s Top 40 Albany Power Players.
Senator Kaminsky received his law degree from New York University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.
Angela Pinsky (WAG '05), Executive Director of Association for a Better New York (ABNY)
As Executive Director, Angela is dedicated to the promotion of civic dialogue through the expansion and evolution of ABNY's membership, as well as ABNY's signature power breakfasts. Before joining ABNY, Angela served as Senior Vice President for Management Services and Government Affairs at the Real Estate Board of New York, where she was responsible for commercial and residential Management Divisions. Angela headed up efforts to improve communication and procedures between local and federal organizations that regulate construction and building management. Angela also served as Deputy Chief of Staff during the Bloomberg administration where she helped execute economic development projects that fostered job creation and growth in the city’s tax base. She also worked on initiatives including long-term planning and sustainability, urban development, and government technology. Prior to this role, Angela worked as a Clinical Research Associate within the pharmaceutical industry.
Angela holds a B.A. in Public Health, Natural Sciences from The Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s in Urban Planning from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.
Cecil Scheib, Assistant Vice President for Sustainability, NYU
As chief sustainability officer at the largest private university in the United States, Cecil leads its efforts in environmental performance, community engagement, and academic partnership across NYU’s 14 global locations. He led NYU’s successful effort to reduce carbon emissions 30% over five years, and now works to guide NYU towards 50% reductions by 2025 and carbon neutrality by 2040. Cecil formerly served as Chief Program Officer at Urban Green Council and was the Managing Director of the NYC Building Resiliency Task Force, determining how to best rebuild after Hurricane Sandy to prepare New York City for future extreme weather events. Previously, he founded Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, where residents live comfortably on just 10% of the resources used by the average American. He serves on the Board of Directors of Urban Green Council and the Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture.
Cecil holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a Professional Engineer’s license from New York State, and is a Certified Energy Manager and LEED Accredited Professional.