Columbia Climate School at COP26: Turning Ambition into Action

We’re at a critical juncture in the climate negotiating process, and one of the Climate School’s goals is to help a broader audience, especially students, understand what is happening at COP26 and what countries are bringing to the table. This year we have the unique opportunity to do this by connecting students in Glasgow and New York City with key leaders in energy and climate.

The Climate School is Columbia’s groundbreaking commitment to advance climate research, develop and deploy knowledge-based climate solutions, and empower the next generation of climate leaders, and this event will highlight the transformative role of the university to spur climate action.

Taking place at Glasgow’s University of Strathclyde, with the inaugural class of the Climate School’s students virtually participating from New York, the launch event coincides with a period of ambitious growth within the Climate School.

As Columbia seeks to maximize its impact in addressing climate change, the new Climate School brings together together many of its world-leading capabilities in climate including researchers and scholars at the Earth Institute, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the Center on Global Energy Policy developing education, research, technology and policy hubs strategically linked and focused on the opportunities and needs for climate education, research and solutions.


(In Glasgow)

Keynote address: Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Advisor


Catherine McKenna, Former Minister of Environment & Climate Change; Former Minister of Infrastructure & Communities for Canada
Mary Nichols, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Columbia’s Center on Global Energy Policy; Former Chair, California Air Resources Board
Peggy Shepard, Co-Founder and Executive Director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation, Former Climate Change Ambassador for France
Moderator: Jason Bordoff, Co-Founding Dean, Columbia Climate School; Founding Director, Columbia’s Center on Global Energy Policy

(In New York)

Alex Halliday, Founding Dean, Columbia Climate School