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Columbia University, New York, October 9-14, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Current US Economic, Political and Regulatory Landscape

The U.S. Macreconomy: Recent Developments and Policy Challenges with Dr. Andrea Bubula, Lecturer, Columbia University


US-China Economics Relations: Chinese direct investment in the US, the most significant new topic of policy debate in the bilateral relationship with Dan Rosen, Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University; Partner, Rhodium Group

The U.S. Political Landscape and Partisan Conflict with Prof. Robert Shapiro, Political Science Department, Columbia University


Prof. Steve Cohen, Executive Director of the Earth Institute


US Regulatory Trends: Energy and Environmental Regulations with Prof. Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Director, Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School


US-EU Public and Private Sector Responses to the Financial Crisis: Comparative Perspectives with Prof. Irene Finel-Honigman, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

US-China political relations with Prof. Andrew Nathan, Political Science Department, Columbia University


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Future of Transportation and Infrastructure

Sustainable Transportation: Reinventing the Automobile with Dr. Lawrence Burns, Director, Roundtable on Sustainable Mobility, Columbia University and Professor, Engineering Practice, University of Michigan


Trends in Urban Design with Dr. Richard Plunz, Professor of Architecture, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University; Director, Urban Design Program; Director, Urban Design Lab


Innovative Infrastructure: selected projects with Richard A. Cook, Partner, Cook + Fox Architects; Partner, Terrapin Bright Green


Innovative Infrastructure: selected projects with James Carpenter, Founder and Principal, JCDA


Innovative Infrastructure: selected projects with Jhaelen Eli, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Video to follow soon

John Coatsworth, Dean, School of International and Public Affairs; Interim Provost, Columbia University


Future cities -  physical and digital environments merge to create new urban opportunities with Assaf Biderman, Associate Director of MIT SENSEable City Lab

NYC Visit with William Smolen

Outline of visit


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Morning: US Energy and Carbon Markets; Current Progress in Climate Science; Perspectives in Carbon Capture and Sequestration.
Afternoon: Visit of the IBM Research Laboratories

Energy and Carbon Markets with Prof. Geoffrey Heal, Donal C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise, Professor of Finance & Economics


Climate Change: An overview of current progress with Dr. Gavin Schmidt, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies


Geoengineering and Carbon Storage and Sequestration with Prof. Klaus Lackner, Director of the Lenfest Center of Sustainable Energy, Columbia University


Visit to IBM Laboratories. IBM Research Headquarters 200 Aqueduct Road, Yorktown, New York. Innovation - Intelligent Utilities, Interactive presentation and simulations with the IBM Energy and Utility Team

Agenda, abstracts and speakers' bios

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Morning: Voluntary Participation in Clean Energy Programs in the US; Climate Economics and International Agreements
Afternoon: Meeting with EDF President

Voluntary Participation in Clean Energy Programs in the US with Prof. Matthew Kotchen, Yale University and Environmental Defense Fund

Climate Economics and International Treaties with Prof. Scott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resources

Cities as a Front Line for Climate Change Action with Dr. William Solecki, Director, CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities and Professor of Geography at Hunter College - CUNY

The Global City, a Sociological Perspective with Prof. Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

Friday, October 14, 2011

A Case Study on Community Relationship Management and Corporate Communication: the Manhattanville Expansion of Columbia University

Manhattanville Visit with Joseph A. Ienuso, Executive Vice President for University Facilities, Columbia University


Created in the fall 2002, the Alliance Program is a non-profit transatlantic joint-venture between Columbia University and three French prestigious institutions, The École Polytechnique, Sciences Po and the Université of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne.

Alliance is an innovative program whose aim is to initiate and accompany new initiatives in the fields of education cooperation, research collaboration, and policy outreach. Over the last four years the Alliance’s scope of activities have included the organization of numerous academic conferences both in Paris and in New York, the setting up of international multidisciplinary research teams, and the creation of joint-courses and curricula targeting the students of its founding partners.