Rutgers Climate Symposium 2020: Public Universities and Transformative Climate Action for A Just Recovery
More than 300 citizens; academics; federal, state, and local officials; and representatives from business and nongovernmental organizations from around the globe, participated in the 2020 symposium which was held as a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two plenary panels discussed the role of public universities in addressing climate action amidst the intersecting crises of a global pandemic, a racial reckoning, and climate change. Speakers provided insights on how universities have been educating and training their students, conducting and applying research, and working in their communities, while also highlighting ways to expand these opportunities in addressing climate change. Panelist included Stephen Gavazzi, Professor of Human Development and Family Science, in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University; Lisa Graumlich, Professor and Dean of the College of the Environment at the University of Washington, Rosina Bierbaum, Professor and Dean Emerita at the University of Michigan and the Roy Weston Chair in Natural Economics at the University of Maryland, Professor Kevin Lyons of the Department of Supply Chain Management, Rutgers University; Joel Rogers, the Noam Chomsky Professor of Law, Political Science, Public Affairs, and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Jeanne Herb, Executive Director of the Environmental Analysis and Communications Group at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University.
+ Agenda and Presentations
11:00 AM Welcome
Jonathan Holloway, President, Rutgers University
Laura Lawson, Interim Executive Dean, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Peter March, Executive Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
11:15 AM Plenary Panel I
The Role of Land Grant Universities in Listening to Citizens and Responding to Community Needs PDF Here
Stephen Gavazzi, The Ohio State University
Role of Higher Education in Transformative Climate Action
Lisa Graumlich, University of Washington
Graduate Training to Bridge the Science-Practitioner Divide PDF Here
Rosina Bierbaum, University of Michigan and University of Maryland
12:00 PM Break
12:15 PM Plenary Panel II
Building Capacity for Transformative Climate Action PDF Here
Kevin Lyons, Rutgers University
Incubating High Road Economic and Social Development PDF Here
Joel Rogers, University of Wisconsin
Translational and Transactional Multi-sectoral Engagement with Practitioners and Decision-makers PDF Here
Jeanne Herb, Rutgers University
1:00 PM Adjourn
+ Speaker Biographies
|Dr. Rosina Bierbaum, Professor and Dean Emerita, University of Michigan
Dr. Rosina Bierbaum is Professor and Dean Emerita at the University of Michigan with appointments in the School of Environment and Sustainability and the School of Public Health. She is also the Roy F. Weston Chair in Natural Economics at the University of Maryland in the School of Public Policy. Her research focuses on climate change adaptation and mitigation seeking to inform policy through science.
Dr. Bierbaum’s experience extends from climate science into foreign relations and international development. She served for two decades in both the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. Government, and ran the first Environment Division of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Currently, Dr. Bierbaum chairs the Scientific and Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility, but she has also served on President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, was an Adaptation Fellow at the World Bank, and a lead author of the U.S. National Climate Assessment. She also serves on the board of American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Federation of American Scientists, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, the Climate Reality Project, the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing, and the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.
Dr Bierbaum is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Ecological Society of America, and Sigma Xi. She has also received the American Geophysical Union’s Waldo Smith award for ‘extraordinary service to Geoscience’ and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Protection Award.
|Stephen M Gavazzi, The Ohio State University
Stephen M Gavazzi is a Professor of Human Development and Family Science in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. Long known for his work on families with adolescents, Professor Gavazzi more recently has been writing about higher education leadership, campus-community relationship issues, and the mission of our nation’s land-grant universities. In 2018 he co-authored (with former Ohio State president and current West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee) Land-Grant Universities for the Future: Higher Education for the Public Good. Dr. Gavazzi’s newest book with President Gee is entitled What’s Public About Public Higher Ed? which will be published in 2021 by Johns Hopkins University Press. Professor Gavazzi also is the co-editor of a collection of essays entitled Fulfilling the Land-Grant Mission in the 21 st Century: Essays in Honor of The Ohio State University’s Sesquicentennial Commemoration, to be published this year by The Ohio State University Press.
Dean Lisa J. Graumlich, University of Washington
|Jeanne Herb, Rutgers University
Jeanne Herb directs the Environmental Analysis & Communications Group at the Rutgers University Bloustein School. She leads applied research projects related to climate change, environmental health, sustainable development, coastal management, and integration of natural systems in community planning. Ms. Herb Co-Directs the NJ Climate Change Resource Center, a statutorily-established resource center, the mission of which is to carry out collaborative and interdisciplinary research, analysis, and outreach activities to help NJ adapt, mitigate, and prepare for climate change. She co-facilitates the NJ Climate Change Alliance, a statewide cross-sector collaborative of thought leaders that, for 10 years, has advanced science-informed climate policy and practice. She helps lead the Rutgers Coastal Climate Risk & Resilience (C2R2) Graduate Training Program, a traineeship program that is designed to enhance the ability of graduate students in natural sciences and engineering programs to operationalize coastal resilience from a transdisciplinary perspective. Recently, Ms. Herb co-led a 20-month NOAA Project of Special Merit designed to advance policies and strategies that increase the engagement of socially vulnerable populations as part of climate resilience planning including the development of a web-based training program, data visualization and mapping tools, policy recommendations, and engagement of stakeholders. Prior to joining Rutgers, Ms. Herb was Assistant Commissioner for Policy, Planning and Science at the NJ Department of Environmental Protection where she oversaw multidisciplinary science-based planning programs associated with coastal zone
management, climate change, Environmental Justice, environmental health, and sustainable development. Ms. Herb is an adjunct instructor at Rutgers, teaching a graduate course titled, Communicating Science with Decision-makers and a graduate coastal resilience community planning studio. She has a Master of Arts degree in Science and Environmental Journalism and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with K-12 science education certification. Ms. Herb was in the first cohort of the three-year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Culture of Health Leadership Program and the second cohort of the two-year Rutgers Leadership Academy.
Dr. Kevin Lyons, Rutgers Business School
Joel Rogers, University of Wisconsin-Madison