Upcoming Events 2014

Westchester Climate Change Summit

Westchester Climate Change Summit

Event Information


On September 12th, 2014 Pace University Law School's Center for Environmental Legal Studies and Federated Conservationists of Westchester County (FCWC) presented an all day conference on Climate Change.

We would like to thank everyone who came out and participated in the Westchester Climate Change Summit. It was an inspiring event, and we look forward to sharing more information with you at our follow up

climate change workshops.

This daylong conference explored the impacts of climate change in Westchester to a sold out crowd at the New York State Judicial Institute at Pace Law School.  The conference was co-sponsored by Sustainable Westchester.


Experts, including keynote speakers Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig  of the NASA Goddard Space Center and Professor Michael Gerrard of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School discussed the formidable threats of climate change to the County and outlined solutions and strategies available to municipalities to address these threats.


Perhaps the most informative part of the Summit was the final section that included a panel discussion with the speakers and Pace Law School Dean Emeritus Richard Ottinger, moderated by Professor Nicholas Robinson. The audience had the opportunity to ask questions and the conversations exemplified how ready and eager Westchester County residents are to take actions to combat and address climate change in their own backyards.




Below are videos from the conference provided by Ed Media.

WCCS 2014, Video of Conference Presentations

WCCS 2014, Speakers at Luncheon


8:30 AM

Registration begins Welcome by Dead David Yassky of Pace Law School


9:00 AM


Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig (NASA) on Climate Change Threats to Westchester

Session 2

Session 2

Best Practices: Regional Examples, Strategies, and Actions

Moderator: Nina Orville (SWEAC) 
Panelists: Gray Russell (Sustainability Officer, Montclair, NJ), Mark Lowery (Office of Climate Change NYSDEC), Tom Bourgeois (Pace Energy & Climate Center)

Lunchtime Keynote

12:00 PM

Lunchtime Keynote

Professor Michael Gerrard (Columbia Center for Climate Change Law)

Session 3

Session 3

Adaptation and Mitigation 

Professor John R. Nolon (Land Use Law Center for Sustainable Development at Pace), Professor Karl Rabago (Pace Energy & Climate Center), Panelist: Professor Nicholas A. Robinson (Pace Center for Environmental Legal Studies) 

Q&A session

Q&A session

Closing Remarks

3:30 PM

Closing Remarks by Dean Emeritus Richard Ottinger of Pace Law School

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Presentations from the day