Climate experts tackle policy, activism and clean energy at upcoming community conversation

WHAT:  “Policy and Activism:A Conversation on Climate Change & Clean Energy”

WHEN:  Friday, Feb. 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Uris Auditorium, Cornell University, Ithaca

MEDIA:  The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP to Daryl Lovell in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-254-4799 or


ITHACA, N.Y. – Assembly members Steve Englebright and Barbara Lifton will be among several experts at the “Policy and Activism: A Conversation on Climate Change and Clean Energy” panel on Friday, Feb. 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Uris Auditorium.

Discussion topics likely will include activism, policy, science, communications, employment in the climate change era, and how academia intersects climate problems and solutions.

“Climate change has already begun to affect New York State, and future generations will be directly impacted by the decisions we make today,” said Englebright, the chair of the New York State Assembly Climate Change Work Group. “This work group will be the vehicle to move our state and our environment into a safer, more sustainable future.”

Lara Skinner, associate director of The Worker Institute at Cornell’s ILR School, will provide opening remarks, followed by Robert Howarth, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, speaking on “Paris Climate Talks and 80 Percent-Renewable New York by 2030.” Bruce Monger, lecturer in oceanography, will give concluding remarks.

Other panelists include Heather Leibowitz and Bronte Payne of Environment America; Nick Goldsmith, town of Ithaca sustainability coordinator; Allison Chatrchyan, a senior research associate in the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture; Cornell student Aubree Keurajian of KyotoNow!; and Lauren Chambliss, communication director of Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.



Daryl Lovell
Office: 607-254-4799
Mobile: 607-592-3925


Cornell University has television, ISDN and dedicated Skype/Google+ Hangout studios available for media interviews. For more information, see this Cornell Chronicle story.