8 Events


Information Session - Open to the Public

Climate@HKS Virtual Open House

Thu., Aug. 26, 2021 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm


Join us for an interactive session with HKS faculty teaching in climate, environment, energy, and sustainability in 2021-22. Students will learn about climate-relevant course offerings, events, research, and other engagement opportunities across the Harvard Kennedy School.

Scheduled Speakers (click on name to access faculty profile)

Sheila Jasanoff

David Keith

Henry Lee

Halla Logadottir

Dan Schrag

Afreen Siddiqi

Rob Stavins

Rand Wentworth

Click here to view the 2021-22 Climate@HKS course guide

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Challenges Ahead in Covering Environmental and Climate Justice

Thu., Apr. 8, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Is environmental justice finally getting more coverage, as media outlets address the disproportionate impact of serious environmental problems on communities of color, the poor and the marginalized?

Three leading journalists will discuss the challenges ahead in covering environmental and climate justice in the United States and around the globe: Somini Sengupta of The New York Times; Justin Worland of Time Magazine;  and Yessenia Funes of Atmos Magazine. Cristine Russell, ENRP Senior Fellow, will moderate.

While air, water, and toxic pollution hit vulnerable populations hardest, climate change will make the inequities even worse. The Biden Administration has promised to make environmental justice a key element of its sweeping federal climate agenda.

Environmental and climate justice reporting ranges from the polluted water of Flint, Michigan to the dirty air of New Delhi, bringing in-depth stories of the people most adversely impacted by where they live and work. Climate change, from extreme heat to increased flooding, will affect communities—and countries—least prepared to deal with the consequences.  The Black Lives Matter protests and COVID-19 pandemic have also been linked with concerns about environmental justice in terms of those populations at greatest health risk.

HKS Co-Sponsors: Belfer Center Environment & Natural Resources Program & Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public PolicyClimate, Energy & Environment PIC (CEE-PIC): A student organization at HKS

Seminar - Open to the Public

Adaptive Leadership and Climate Action

Thu., Mar. 25, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Join us for "Adaptive Leadership and Climate Action," a conversation with two HKS alums working to solve the climate crisis – in Brazil and the United States. Natalie Unterstell is a climate change policy and negotiations expert working to save the Amazon, while Camila Thorndike is a climate organizer and National Director of Advocacy for Climate XChange. This event will be moderated by Rand Wentworth, Louis Bacon Senior Fellow in Environmental Leadership and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.

Sponsors: Environment and Natural Resources Program; Center for Public Leadership; Harvard Alumni for Climate and the Environment

Note: While this virtual event is on the record, the event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Hot Beat: Reporting on Climate from the Nation's Capital

Wed., Feb. 24, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm


In his first days in office, President Joe Biden put the global climate crisis on the country’s front burner, rejoining the Paris Accord and mobilizing his administration to tackle climate change at every level.

Two of the most experienced and respected national reporters in Washington D.C. will provide an inside look at how dramatically the climate beat has changed, contrasting the start of the Biden era with the challenges of covering the anti-climate agenda of the Trump Administration.  The panel will feature Juliet Eilperin, Senior National Affairs Reporter at the The Washington Post and Lisa Friedman, Climate Reporter at The New York Times. Science journalist Cristine Russell, ENRP Senior Fellow, will moderate.

Co-Sponsors: Environment & Natural Resources Program; Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics & Public Policy; Climate, Energy & Environment PIC (CEE-PIC): A student organization at HKS

Special Series - Open to the Public

Coalitions for Environmental Health and Justice: Lessons from the 2020 Roy Award

Wed., Nov. 18, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm


Join the Environment and Natural Resources Program on Wednesday, November 18 for "Coalitions for Environmental Health and Justice: Lessons from the 2020 Roy Award." This panel-based event will celebrate Clean Water for Carolina Kids, the 2020 winner of the Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership, and its mission to protect North Carolina's children from dangerous lead exposure.

We will begin with a brief award presentation, followed by a panel conversation with scientists, advocates, and public health professionals about the challenges in providing clean drinking water, and how to center science and justice in the work to protect children’s health.

This event will be hosted on Zoom and open to the public. Please register at the RSVP link below. All are welcome to attend and join the celebration!

    Study Group - Harvard Students

    Arctic Innovators Information Session

    Wed., Sep. 6, 2017 | 12:15pm - 12:45pm

    Taubman Building - WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Room 102

    The Arctic Innovators program will launch this fall with the selection of a group of Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) students to become the inaugural Arctic Innovators student cohort. Those selected will have a unique opportunity to learn from experts on Arctic issues and in a series of lecture-discussion sessions at HKS and will participate in the Arctic Innovation Lab at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland - the world’s largest annual gathering on Arctic affairs.

    We will hold a 30-minute information session on Wednesday, September 6 at 12:15pm in T-102.

    Special Series - Open to the Public

    Global Sustainable Bioenergy - watch the video

    Wed., May 3, 2017 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm

    Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

    *Video available*

    Across energy, agricultural and forestry landscapes, the production of biomass for energy has emerged as a controversial driver of land use change and climate mitigation. The panel will discuss the myths and realities of the bioenergy expansion and new policy strategies to promote bioenergy in the context of the sustainable development goals.