• Founded
  • Seminar Number

The transition to a sustainable economic system looms as one of the key challenges of the present generation. This seminar brings together academically-minded practitioners and practically-oriented academics to explore how the financial sector can play an essential and constructive role in funding this transition. The seminar touches on a variety of topics including social impact investing, the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into analysis, the financing of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and financial system integrity. It also explores the limits to sustainable development policies.

Mark Townsend Cox

Dr. Bruce Kahn

Chaarvi Amit Badani

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.

Meeting Schedule

09/23/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Climate Impact Assessment: What's Real and What's Hype?
Michele Demers, Boundless Impact

10/21/2019 Faculty House
7:00 PM
An Analysis of Private Wealth and Asset Management within an ESG Framework
Adam Bernstein, Gitterman Wealth

11/12/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Nuts and Bolts of Tax Equity Financing
Santosh Raikar, SilverPeak

12/16/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Sustainable Investing: How Fast Can It Grow?
Michael Scanlon, Silver Leaf Partners

01/27/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Financing 1.5°C: What's Fractical, What's MEaningful, and What's Not in Climate Finance
Brian O'Hanlon, RMI

02/18/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Venture Capital in Pursuit of Social and Environmental Gains
Nancy Pfund, DBL Partners in San Francisco

03/23/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
meeting cancelled

7:00 PM

7:00 PM
Can Humankind Evolve to a Better Level of Business
Richard Leakey, Stony Brook University