Today, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Trust for Governors Island announced a short list of finalists for its global competition to create a climate-focused research and educational hub on Governors Island. The Columbia University Climate School is proud to be among the chief collaborators with three of the four finalists named today to develop the transformational new Center for Climate Solutions in New York Harbor.
Finalists include teams led by the following institutions:
- The City University of New York (CUNY) and The New School
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Northeastern University
- Stony Brook University
“Governors Island is a jewel of our harbor, and today we’re taking an important step toward transforming it into the nerve center for our city’s fight against climate change,” said de Blasio. “These finalists have submitted thoughtful, bold proposals to lead that mission. We look forward to hearing more from them as we find the perfect partner to make New York City an international leader in solving the planet’s most existential challenge.”
The first institution of its kind anywhere in the world, the Columbia Climate School was created by President Lee C. Bollinger in 2020 to confront the climate crisis through a combination of innovative educational programming, groundbreaking research, and science-driven solutions from the community to planetary scale. A partnership between New York City’s homegrown Climate School and the multi-disciplinary Center for Climate Solutions at Governors Island will further cement our region as the global leader in equitable climate solutions and adaptation, environmental stewardship, sustainable economic development, and urban resilience.
The Columbia Climate School looks forward to working with New York City and with each of its collaborators (CUNY and The New School, MIT, and Stony Brook) in the next phase of the competition to advance its commitment of contributing a broad range of resources and unique scientific and educational capabilities to the Climate Solutions Center.
Governors Island Climate Solutions Center
In 2021, the City of New York and the Trust for Governors Island launched a global competition to invite universities, and research institutions to share their vision for how they would program, build, and operate a premier facility to develop solutions that ready communities for climate change and create cross-sectoral educational programs to support the growth of high-quality green jobs in New York City. The Center will capitalize on New York City’s unique talent pool to prepare communities around the world for the impacts of climate change; create good-paying green jobs across the city; and foster public awareness, dialogue, and action to address the global climate crisis. Respondents were asked to articulate a vision that addresses the city’s and the trust’s goals as outlined in the city’s Request for Expressions of Interest. In addition to advancing climate-related fields, respondents’ plans should make a positive contribution to Governors Island’s physical campus and existing community of partners and visitors, while creating broader opportunities for New Yorkers who already enjoy the island. The center for climate solutions is projected to create 7,000+ direct new jobs and approximately $1 billion in economic impact for New York City.
Columbia Climate School
The Columbia Climate School connects, amplifies, and advances new areas of climate inquiry, research, and impact across Columbia University. The Climate School will ensure that students are equipped with the knowledge and tools to be climate leaders in the 21st century. By working with communities, businesses, and policymakers, the school will create and inspire new technologies, policies, and approaches to solving the climate crisis. The Climate School marshals the university’s strengths in basic and applied disciplines and expands its resources to understand climate and its impact on society. This unprecedented commitment to tackle humanity’s greatest challenge builds on the unique history of climate change research at Columbia, dating back to the founding of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in 1949 and spanning the many decades since. Columbia’s faculty include some of the world’s leading climate experts across multiple disciplines of science, law, business, policy, engineering and more. The university is harnessing its talent, infrastructure, and reach to address this unprecedented global challenge
This story was originally published by Columbia News.