Ithaca College Schedules Daylong 'Teach-In' On Climate Change

ITHACA, NY — A daylong “teach-in” will be held at Ithaca College on Thursday, Feb. 5, to highlight the political, social, environmental and economic impacts of climate change. Faculty experts will be joined by community and government leaders to discuss efforts on campus, locally, and on a national and international basis to respond to climate change. All of the events will be held in Emerson Suites in Phillips Hall, and all are free and open to the public.

Climate Change Teach-In Schedule

9:25–10:40 a.m.
“Ithaca College’s Plan to Achieve Carbon Neutrality”
Speakers: Ithaca College Climate Commitment Committee members Beth Ellen Clark Joseph, Department of Physics, and Susan Swensen, Department of Biology

 10:50 a.m.–Noon
“Tompkins County’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Element of the Comprehensive Plan”
Speaker: Leslie Schill, senior planner, Tompkins County Planning Department

 “National Energy Policy”
Speakers: Rob McKenna, senior consultant, Energy Strategies consulting firm; Beth Ellen Clark Joseph; and Marlene Barken, Department of Marketing and Law

 Noon–1:00 p.m.
“Sustainability Café: You Can’t Have Sustainability without Social Justice”
Speaker: Scott Perez, Indigenous and Environmental Studies, Wells College
Free refreshments sponsored by Ithaca College Dining Services.         

1:10–2:25 p.m.
“Global Business and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities”
Speakers: Mark Cordano, Department of Management; Joseph Cheng and Raquib Zaman, Department of Finance and International Business
Moderator: Marlene Barken

 2:35–3:50 p.m.
“United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)”
Speakers: Selwin Hart and Ithaca College delegates to the 2008 UNFCCC in Poland. Hart is the secretary of the Permanent Mission of Barbados to the United Nations and the coordinator of the Alliance of Small Island States in the Ad hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action of the UNFCCC.
Moderator: Astrid Jirka, Office of International Programs

 4:00–5:15 p.m.
“Global Warming and Social Justice: Alternative Scenarios”
Speaker: Selwin Hart
Moderator: Astrid Jirka, Office of International Programs

 7:00 p.m.
Film Screening: “The Carbon Connection,” with moderated panel discussion
Panelists: Tom Shevory, Department of Politics; Bill Kolberg, Department of Economics; and Beth Ellen Clark Joseph
This event is cosponsored by the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival and the Voices from the Waters Film Festival.

 Throughout the teach-in, additional displays and interactive activities will be offered in the Emerson Lounge. Ithaca College is one of over 500 institutions participating in the National Teach-In on Global Warming, which is intended to engage over a million Americans in solutions-driven dialogue. For more information, visit

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