Climate Finance & Policy in the COVID-19 Era with Professors Bruce Usher and Jason Bordoff

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Climate Finance & Policy in the COVID-19 Era

with Professors Bruce Usher and Jason Bordoff


Wednesday, April 15, 2020
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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As part of Leadership and Ethics Week, the Student Leadership and Ethics Board of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co Center for Leadership and Ethics invites you to join a fireside chat on climate finance and policy. The global economic slowdown caused by COVID-19 has led to reports of clearer skies and dolphins returning to streams. China's carbon emissions declined 25%, caused by the abrupt halt of industrial manufacturing. However, these transient environmental benefits belie longer term challenges, and the net impact that the pandemic has on our efforts to address the climate crisis are in question. This discussion will be led by leading Columbia University experts Jason Bordoff and Bruce Usher.

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About the Speakers:

  • Jason Bordoff, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs

    Jason Bordoff joined the Columbia faculty after serving until January 2013 as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change on the Staff of the National Security Council, and, prior to that, holding senior policy positions on the White House's National Economic Council and Council on Environmental Quality. At Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, Bordoff is a professor of professional practice and serves as founding Director of SIPA's Center on Global Energy Policy. Bordoff's research and policy interests lie at the intersection of economics, energy, environment, and national security. He is a frequent commentator on TV and radio, including NPR, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC, has appeared on the Colbert Report, and has published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and other leading news outlets. Prior to joining the White House, Bordoff was the Policy Director of the Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative housed at the Brookings Institution. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Petroleum Council, a consultant to the National Intelligence Council, and serves on the boards of Winrock International (a leading nonprofit organization that works to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources), the New York Energy Forum and the Association of Marshall Scholars. During the Clinton Administration, Bordoff served as an advisor to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department. He was also a consultant with McKinsey & Company, one of the leading global strategy consultancies.
  • Bruce Usher, Co-Director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise; Elizabeth B. Strickler '86 and Mark T. Gallogly '86 Faculty Director; Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Business School

    Bruce Usher is a Professor of Professional Practice and the Elizabeth B. Strickler '86 and Mark T. Gallogly '86 Faculty Director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School. Professor Usher teaches on the intersection of finance, social and environmental issues, and is a recipient of the Singhvi Prize for Scholarship in the Classroom, the Lear Award, and the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Prior to his work at Columbia, Professor Usher was CEO of EcoSecurities Group plc, which developed greenhouse gas emission reduction projects in developing countries. EcoSecurities was acquired by JP Morgan in 2009. Professor Usher was previously the co-founder and CEO of TreasuryConnect LLC, which provided electronic trading solutions to banks and was acquired in 2001. Prior to that, he worked in financial services for twelve years in New York and Tokyo. Professor Usher is an active investor and advisor to entrepreneurial ventures focused on climate change and clean energy ( He is a board member of Community Energy, OptiRTC, and CapShift, and is Chair of the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures. Usher earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.

This event is co-sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board as part of Leadership and Ethics Week 2020.

April 15th, 2020 12:30 PM through  1:30 PM
665 West 130th Street
Kravis Hall 1040
New York, NY 10027
United States
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