Through frequent public and private events, the Guarini Center facilitates candid discourse between academics, policymakers, environmental organizations, and individuals in the energy industry. Examples of previous speakers that have addressed the Guarini Center include, Daniel Esty, former Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment; Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York State; George Patakai, former Governor of New York State; HE Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, United Arab Emirates; Audrey Zibelman, Chairwoman of the New York Public Service Commission; and many more.”

Curbing Cars: A Transatlantic Dialogue on New Urban Mobility.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Faculty Library, Vanderbilt Hall (3rd floor)

40 Washington Square South

New York, New York 10012

1 credit of CLE in Areas of Professional Practice
Cities’ reliance on motor vehicles imposes myriad public health and environmental challenges. In New York City, for example, officials estimate that fine particulate matter pollution from motor vehicles contributes to 320 premature deaths in New York City each year, which is approximately the same number as die from homicide. In Germany, the situation is not much better. In fact, approximately 70 German cities violated EU air quality standards for nitrogen dioxide emissions last year and automobiles have been largely blamed for the problem. To remedy the situation, policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic are experimenting with a range of strategies — from bans on diesel engines, to congestion pricing schemes — to encourage new forms of urban mobility. Yet they are encountering a series of obstacles along the way. At this upcoming event, experts from Germany and New York City will discuss options for lessening cars’ grip on transportation and challenges that lie ahead.
Keynote address:  Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert, Department Head, Energy, Environment, Economics, German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
Discussion to follow with:
Thomas Matte, Senior Lecturer, Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health
Jen Roberton, Transportation Policy Advisor, New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
Danielle Spiegel-Feld, ’10, Adjunct Professor and Executive Director, Guarini Center
This is event has been made possible by the generous support of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany New York