• Program 2016-17

Adapting to Change: The Business of Climate Resilience


September 22, 2016


6:00 - 8:00 pm


Baruch College, Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity


151 E 25th Street (Lex and Third Aves) Room 750


The 2015 Paris COP 21 was hailed as a historic show of solidarity among nearly 200 nations. The pact aims to curtail greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and keep temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees C, in the hope of averting natural disasters, like proliferating floods and wildfires.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also launched by the UN in 2015, offer companies an additional opportunity to merge climate and sustainability practices with larger business goals.

Business is buying into the Agreement. The large business presence at the Paris negotiating table and support from corporate leaders of all stripes to cut GHGs are positive signs.

About the Panel

This panel will examine how leading businesses are adapting to climate change and moving to mitigate its impact, while seeking ways to engage the SDGs in the years to come.

Panelists will include civil society leaders and executives from companies spotlighted in Adapting to Change: Emerging Business Approaches to Climate Resilience, authored by panel moderator Dr. Ann Goodman. The session will offer attendees a chance to explore:

  • The progress of companies in building climate resilience into operations and goals
  • What corporate leaders have done to make their companies more resilient - before, during and since the Paris Agreement - and their plans going forward
  • What motivates companies to build climate resilience
  • How it benefits them and other stakeholders
  • Costs incurred and obstacles that remain

Climate Week NYC 2016

We are proud to announce, Adapting to Change: Emerging Business Approaches to Climate Resilience, is a part of Climate Week NYC 2016.
Climate Week NYC 2016 takes place from September 19 -25. During the first UNGA post Paris – and with the US elections just eight weeks away – Climate Week NYC 2016 will gather leaders from business and government to demonstrate how continued investment in innovation, technology and clean energy will drive profitability and lead us toward net zero emissions.

Climate Week NYC – one of the key events in the international calendar that has been driving climate action forward since it was first launched in 2009. Read about some of our highlights here.

Climate Week NYC is presented by The Climate Group. We encourage participants to use the #CWNYC hashtag for all social media posts.


Director, Environmental Compliance, IBM;
Environment Champion, The Hartford;
Director, Alternative Energy Finance, Citi;


Ph.D, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College