Digging Up Trouble: A Panel on Social Conflict, Sustainable Development and Extractive Resources

Next week is Earth Week, and The Growth and Development Project, or DeltaGDP for short, is doing its part by putting on an event called "Digging Up Trouble." Details below. WHEN: Wednesday, April 8th, 8 - 9 P.M. WHERE: 413 Kent Hall REGISTER: http://bit.ly/digginguptrouble Extractive industries, when unregulated, have been criticized for plundering natural resources without enabling economic mobility. In extreme cases, like in the mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo, human rights abuse and slave labor make working class enablement a far-off reality. On the other hand, efforts from the international community to pressure these industries, such as the Dodd-Frank Act, have been denounced for misidentifying key mechanisms and worsening the economic and ecological situation for the local communities.How do we envision the industry contributing to local empowerment, given that political and ethnic conflict surrounds much of its production? What kind of foreign and domestic KEEP READING >>

2015 EPC: Winners

Winners 1st Place Team Members: Zoraya Hightower, Jacob Bukoski and Kate Heller (Yale University) and Robert Goldfin (George Washington University) 2nd Place Team Members: Khristopher Nicholas and David Neher (Columbia University) 3rd Place Team Members: Charlie Jiang, Minjia Zhong, Robert Young and Shane Johnson (Stanford University) Honorable Mentions: Team Members: Will Cassidy and Max Miller (University of Pennsylvania) Team Members:  Brandon Blaesser, Joel Sam Li and Patrick Reed (Yale University) KEEP READING >>

2015 EPC: Judges

Judges Scott Barrett Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, School of International and Public Affairs Scott Barrett is a leading scholar on transnational and global challenges, ranging from climate change to disease eradication. His research focuses on how institutions like norms, customary law, resolutions, and treaties can be used to promote international cooperation. He has advised a number of international organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank, the OECD, the European Commission, and the International Task Force on Global Public Goods. He was previously a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a member of the Academic Panel to the Department of Environment in the UK. Barrett previously taught at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, where he also directed the International Policy program. Before that, he was on the faculty of the London KEEP READING >>

2015 EPC: Content Guide

Below is a list of resources that can be used to help guide your research. While this list is far from comprehensive, it provides a useful starting point when used in conjunction with the abundance of information available at http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/ and additional outside research. Agriculture Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) IFAD, Adaption for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (“ASAP”) Nigeria Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), National Agricultural Resilience Framework UNEP, Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Kellogg’s 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Cities C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability United Cities and KEEP READING >>

2015 Environmental Policy Competition

The Columbia Economics Review invites teams of 1-4 members to participate in its third annual Competitive Climate environmental policy competition. Teams that advance to the final round of the competition will be informed of their advancement in mid-Janaury, at which point the final round of judging will begin to determine the winners. Cash prizes of $500, $250 and $125 will be awarded to the 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd- place finishers respectively, thanks to the generous support of the Columbia Economics Department. The winning presentations will also be recognized by the The Earth Institute and will be featured in the Spring 2015 edition of the Columbia Economics Review and on the Columbia Economics Department website. Prompt: On 23 September 2014, global leaders in government, business, finance and civil society met in New York for the U.N. Climate Summit. At this meeting, they announced commitments to action in areas that are critical for decelerating global temperature KEEP READING >>

The New “Doing Good”

I am young – I do not remember a time when going green was not vogue. Climate change concerns have steered social and economic activism to push for environmental stewardship, especially from companies. Green, however, is not the only color of sustainability, which is why the term is hard to pin down and hard to put into practice. Ask corporate sustainability officers and they will tell you that women in management and CEO succession policies matter just as much as a company’s carbon footprint when it comes to sustainability. Hiring locally also plays a part—but donating to local 5k runs is considered something else: philanthropy. To make the term “sustainability” even more vague and confusing, the idea has changed semantics over time – what used to be called “corporate social responsibility” has been folded under the one s-word umbrella thanks to this redirection of activist focus. Nowadays, it seems that being sustainable just stands for “being good.” Such ambiguity actually works KEEP READING >>