Lucia Green-Weiskel and Meghan Burns will share their views on global sustainability efforts as part of the Sustain Wayne’s “Hope for the Future” speaker series on Sunday, July 27th at the Ladd Recreation Center beginning at 4pm.
Lucia Green-Weiskel is an Adjunct Professor of Asian Politics at Queens College. She is currently completing a PhD in Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. She is also a Special Advisor for the Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation, a policy research center based in Beijing, China. She is the co-creator and manager of the Energy and Climate Registry, a greenhouse gas management tool and reporting platform for corporations in China. Lucia has been interviewed on Democracy Now!, WNYC’ Brian Lehrer show, Doug Henwood’s Behind the News and This American Life. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, Huffington Post, Grist, Alternet, The Brooklyn Rail, Global Politics, Chinadialogue.net, Red Pepper and The New York Times. To read her work go to: luciagreenweiskel.commons.gc.cuny.edu
Description of talk: LESSONS FROM CHINA: Ten years ago, many officials in China thought that climate change was a hoax – an invented concept designed by Western countries to undermine the rapid growth of the Chinese economy. Today, China‘s leaders have committed that country to some of the most ambitious carbon-reducing policies in the world. To meet those targets, China has become a leader in wind and solar energy, biofuels and public transportation and is the only country in the world that is building an industry of green technology at a scale that could bring down the price of goods like electric vehicles, solar panels, and wind turbines, making them affordable in the developing world. But will these policies — which look good on paper — be implemented satisfactorily?
Meghan Burns, a Global Sustainability Analyst with Burton Snowboards in Vermont, will discuss the emerging role of sustainability in corporate culture.
Burns began her work at Burton in 2010 after completing a masters in Musicology from McGill University. She holds a Professional Certificate in Sustainable Business Practices from the University of Vermont. As part of the Sustainability Team Meghan has visited Burton’s operations around the US and in China. She will share the lessons she’s learned while working for a leader in the corporate sustainability movement.
Sustainability: Burton’s Stance
We have a responsibility to the sport we pioneered – and to the people and environment that sustain it.
Our commitment is to make Burton as respected for our environmental and social impact as we are for our products. In doing so, we will help to make snowboarding – and our lifestyle – sustainable well into the future.
Burns and Green-Weiskel will each offer a half hour talk to be held at the Ladd Recreation Center on Gott Road in Wayne beginning at 4pm followed by a half hour question and answer session.
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