Lehman College, CUNY will convene some of the nation’s leading environmental and climate scientists, educators and advocates for its inaugural Bronx Environmental Summit on March 22-23, 2021.

Addressing the world’s—and the Bronx’s—most pervasive environmental and public health problems will increasingly rely upon comprehensive and integrated strategies developed by experts across academic disciplines in collaboration with government, nonprofit organizations, and private stakeholder groups.

All climate change is local. Made possible by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Lehman College, CUNY’s first Bronx Environmental Summit is a no-cost, two-day,virtual conference that will engage local, regional and national leaders in climate and environmental science in a discussion about climate change, environmental justice and health equity and how the current and developing policies and initiatives aimed at addressing them may impact the Bronx, New York City and the world.

Developing future leaders. Uniquely, the Bronx Environmental Summit also aims to introduce student attendees to academic and career paths they may take to become scientists, advocates and policy makers equipped to solve the most pressing environmental problems in the 21st Century.


22 MAR

DAY 1 – Theme: Climate Change: Science and Policy

Morning Sessions

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Land Acknowledgment

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. KEYNOTE: Pathways to Advancing Climate Justice

10:35 a.m – 11:50 a.m. PANEL: New York’s Climate Leadership Meets Biden’s Climate Change Agenda

11:55 a.m.– 12:25 p.m. Break

Afternoon Sessions

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. KEYNOTE: Working to Achieve Climate Justice in New York City

1:35 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. PANEL: In the Bronx: From Environmental Injustice to Environmental Equity

2:55 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.  Closing Remarks

23 MAR

DAY 2 – Theme: Urban and Environmental Equity

Morning Sessions

9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.  Opening Remarks

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. KEYNOTE: The Quest for Environmental and Climate Justice: Why Equity Matters

10:50 a.m.– 12:15 p.m.PANEL: Environmental Careers in a Changing Climate

12:15 p.m. – 12:25 p.m.  Closing Remarks

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