GW experts available to discuss extreme weather and climate change

WASHINGTON (July 19, 2022) — Much of Europe was hit by the latest record-breaking heat wave. These sweltering temperatures are part of global trends towards climate-fueled high temperatures that can lead to wildfires and adverse health consequences.

George Washington University has experts who can speak on a variety of topics related to the science of climate change, the health impacts of extreme weather, mitigation strategies, and the political, political, and business aspects of climate change.

Public health
Neelu Tummala, Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, is a surgeon whose academic work focuses on the intersection of climate and health. She can talk about her experience treating patients who have been impacted by climate change, as well as the impact of environmental justice on vulnerable populations.

Sabrina McCormick, Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, is a sociologist and filmmaker whose research focuses on the social dynamics of environmental health. She has researched how heat waves can affect human health and can also discuss strategies for staying cool and safe as temperatures soar this summer.

Climate Change/Sustainability
Rachael Jonassen is Associate Research Professor of Sustainable Urban Planning and Director of Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Management at GW’s Environmental & Energy Management Institute. His expertise includes climate change science and risk, science policy and climate change displacement.

Lisa Benton-Shortgeography teacher, can talk about the impact of climate change on cities and what they are doing to adapt and mitigate climate change.

Politics and Politics/Company
Nina Kelsey, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and International Affairs, is an expert in international environmental negotiations and renewable energy policy. His research focuses on the role of interests in the development and negotiation of environmental policies.

Francois Royce is an Associate Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering. His research and professional interests lie at the interface between engineering and environmental and sustainability policy. It can discuss urban resilience in the face of climate change, as well as the development, resilience and sustainability of water infrastructure.

Michael Svobodaassistant professor of writing, is an expert on climate change and politics, climate change and popular culture, and climate change communication.

Robert L. Glicksman, JB and Maurice C. Shapiro Chair in Environmental Law, is an expert in environmental, natural resources and administrative law issues. He can discuss alternative ways to assign regulatory authority, climate change, issues of federalism in environmental law, and challenges facing federal land management agencies.

Jeff Lane is an adjunct professor of political management who teaches a course in energy and environmental policy. Lane held senior federal positions in the executive and legislative branches for two decades, including serving as assistant secretary for congressional and intergovernmental affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Obama administration. It can provide unique insight into how environmental policy is made and implemented in Congress and the White House.

Jorge Rivera is a professor of strategic management and public policy. His research focuses on how a company’s strategy is affected by different dimensions of climate change adversity.


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