Earth Day 2022: climate and environmental justice in Harlem | Colombia

What is the government doing to address these risks and how can local stakeholders come together to drive real policy change?

Local researchers, elected officials and community leaders will come together to answer this question and more.

The day begins with words of welcome from Lloyd WilliamsPresident and CEO, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Alan SteelPresident and CEO, Javits Center, and Adrienne A. Harris, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS).

The round tables include:

Disproportionate climate impacts in Harlem

Moderated by Diana Hernández, associate professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, panelists include:

  • Daphne Monday, NYC Mayor’s Office for Climate and Environmental Justice
  • Louis Katsos, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce
  • John Graham, West Harlem Innovation Network
  • Courtney Cogburn, Columbia School of Social Work

Harlem-led community solutions and climate justice

Moderated by Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, panelists include:

  • Peggy Shepard, WEACT
  • Miranda Massie, Climate Museum
  • Vincent Boudreau, President, City College of New York
  • Christian Braneon, Columbia Environmental Justice and Climate Just Cities Network

Q&A with Columbia University’s Dan Zarrilli, Former Chief Climate Policy Advisor in New York


This series of Earth Day panels is presented by the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Columbia Climate School at Columbia University, and City College of New York. It is organized by the Sustainable Tourism Committee of NYC & Company.

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