Climate Week NYC at Columbia Engineering

Climate Week NYC is an annual event that showcases climate solutions and convenes hundreds of discussions about taking action and championing change — rapidly.

This year, Columbia Engineering and Columbia Climate School join several other schools, centers, and divisions in hosting a variety of climate-centered lectures, symposia, and receptions during Climate Week, which will be held September 17-24, 2023.

In echoing this year’s theme — “We can. We will.” — the events and activities will reflect the determination, focus, action, and hope necessary to tackle climate change together.

Here are a few featured events slated to take place at Columbia and timed to Climate Week NYC. For a comprehensive list of what’s happening at Columbia University for Climate Week, visit Columbia Climate School.

Monday, September 18, 2023

Tech CEO Series – Inaugural Lecture

Can Buildings Help Fight Climate Change? – Leveraging Engineering Technology to Fight Climate Change

Speaker: Benoit Bazin, CEO of Saint-Gobain
Time: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: Davis Auditorium


Time: 5:40 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Carleton Commons

Benoit Bazin

Benoit Bazin


Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Rethinking Water 2023: Solutions Now for America's Water Infrastructure

Speaker: Upmanu Lall, Alan and Carol Silberstein Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering and of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia Engineering; Columbia Water Center in The Earth Institute Director
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: The Forum

Upmanu Lall

Upmanu Lall


Thursday, September 21, 2023

Learning the Earth with Artificial Intelligence and Physics (LEAP) Lecture in Climate Data Science

Improving Aerosol in an Earth System Model with AI / ML (Hybrid Event)

Speaker: Po-Lun Ma, Global Atmospheric Modeling Earth Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Tang Family Hall @ Innovation Hub and Zoom Webinar (Live Stream)

LEAP Open House Reception

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Tang Family Hall @ Innovation Hub

Po-Lun Ma

Po-Lun Ma

NSF and LEAP logos

Balancing Lithium Production, Investment, and Policies for a Sustainable Energy Transition (Hybrid Event)

TIme: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

  • Juan Carlos Jobet, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, CGEP and former Chile Minister of Mines
  • Ellen Lenny-Pessagno, Senior Vice-President, Albemarle 
  • Ahmed Mehdi, Non-Resident Fellow, CGEP and Principal Advisor, Benchmark Minerals Intelligence
  • Brian Menell, Chairman and CEO, Techmet

Location: Faculty House, Columbia University In Person) and Zoom Webinar (Live Stream)

Balancing Lithium Production, Investment, and Policies for a Sustainable Energy Transition event poster

Friday, September 22, 2023

LEAP / UN Environment Programme Workshop

Climate Data + Modeling For the Financial Sector

Time: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Columbia Business School, Geffen 570