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A progressive path through the Paris Climate Agreement

Monday, February 22, 2016, 3:30PM - 4:30PM


Andrew Light


SEEC room N128

4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO


Professor Light is Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University.

From 2013-2015, Professor Andrew Light served as Senior Adviser and India Counselor to the Special Envoy on Climate Change, and as Staff Climate Adviser in the Secretary's Office of Policy Planning in the U.S. Department of State. In this capacity he was on the senior strategy team for the UN climate negotiations, directed the U.S.-India bilateral climate change working group, led the office's efforts on climate-smart agriculture, and chaired the interagency working group on climate change for the Post-2015 UN development agenda, among other issues. Before joining the government he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. (CAP), where he organized and developed CAP’s work on international climate and energy policy, serving as chief adviser on these issues to CAP’s founder and chairman, John Podesta. During this period he authored 11 major reports and over a hundred columns and editorials.

In addition to his current work on climate policy, Light is an internationally recognized expert on the intersection of the scientific and moral dimensions of environmental policy. He is the author of over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters, and has authored, co-authored, and edited 17 books including Environmental Values (2008), Controlling Technology (2005), Moral and Political Reasoning in Environmental Practice (2003), Technology and the Good Life? (2000), and Environmental Pragmatism (1996). He is currently working on a book on the social dimensions of restoration ecology in a changing climate.


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