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Westchester Climate Change Summit

Friday, September 12, 2014
The Judicial Institute at 
Pace Law School 
White Plains, New York

Pace Law School's Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies and Federated Conservationists of Westchester County (FCWC) hosted daylong conference on the impacts of climate change in Westchester County, NY and the surrounding, New York metropolitan region. Over 150 community leaders, students, and concerned citizens attended.

Keynote speakers Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig (NASA Goddard Space Center) and Professor Michael Gerrard (Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School) discussed the formidable threats of climate change to the region and outlined solutions and strategies available to municipalities to address these threats. Professors John Nolon and Karl Rabago from Pace Law told community leaders how to use land use and energy regulations to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Climate change topics discussed included coastal resiliency; regional examples of solutions and strategies; a "Climate Showcase Community;"  microgrids;  Climate Smart Communities Certification Program; NYS Climate Change Plan; and ways to achieve more energy independence and stability. 

Stay tuned for videos and powerpoints from the event. 

Schedule

8:30 Registration begins

Welcome by Dean David Yassky of Pace Law School

Keynote:  Cynthia Rosenzweig (NASA) [view presentation]

Best Practices - Regional Examples, Strategies, and Actions

Governor's Cuomo's representative on NYS Climate Change Plan

Lunch

Lunchtime Keynote:  Professor Michael Gerrard (Columbia Center for Climate Change Law)

Adaptation and Mitigation

Q&A session

Closing Remarks by Dean Emeritus Richard Ottinger of Pace Law School