At What Point Managed Retreat? Resilience, Relocation and Climate Justice Conference

Lead PI: Dr. Radley M. Horton , Dr. Alexander de Sherbinin, Hayley Martinez
June 2021 - June 2021
Project Type: Outreach

DESCRIPTION: Building on the success of the 2019 conference on Managed Retreat, the 2021 conference addressed a range of scientific, social, policy and governance issues around managed retreat (also known as strategic realignment and planned relocation). The conference, a major initiative of the Columbia Climate School and its Earth Institute, brought together over 900 stakeholders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, together with academics, scientists, and community representatives, to help develop a common understanding of this complex issue, and move the needle toward equitable solutions. A major emphasis was on issues of environmental justice, in recognition that the people most impacted by decisions around retreat have a key role in these conversations.



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Modeling and Adapting to Future Climate


View 2021 conference recordings.


May 22, 2024

A Glimpse at the Columbia Climate School in the Green Mountains Program

Students from around the globe spent two weeks in Vermont learning about current issues and solutions in climate change.

May 20, 2024

Scope 3 Carbon Emissions and the Management of Supply Chains

Measuring an organization’s impact on its environment is becoming a routine part of competent and effective organizational management. Extending that measurement process into the supply chain is part of current best management practices.

May 16, 2024

Rivers Exposed by Glacier Retreat Fuel Competition Between Mining Industry and Salmon

Study finds that Canadian mining companies are staking claims on future salmon habitat emerging from the ice as glaciers retreat.

May 14, 2024

Food Systems Expert Jessica Fanzo Reflects on Receiving One of Science’s Highest Honors

Professor of Climate Jessica Fanzo discusses how an "unplanned" career path led to her recent election to the National Academy of Sciences.

May 13, 2024

Congratulations to the 2024 Graduates of the Columbia Climate School

On May 10th, Climate and Society students gathered to celebrate their accomplishments during a challenging and illuminating year.

May 13, 2024

The Impact of Stalling the SEC Climate Disclosure Rule

Opposition to mandatory climate risk reporting is the result of the failure of some American businesses and lobbying groups to understand that reducing and reporting on environmental risk is an indication of management competence having nothing to do with ideology.

May 08, 2024

How Can ESG Support Female Leadership?

Gender parity is good for companies. So why is there still a gap?

May 06, 2024

Questioning Mayor Adams’ Commitment to Protecting NYC’s Environment

Mayor Adams is a superb advocate for environmental quality and environmental justice, but the city government he runs doesn’t always seem to follow through: New York City’s water infrastructure, decarbonization, and parks need additional staffing and funding if the promises made are to be fulfilled.

May 03, 2024

Rising Wheat Prices and Unprecedented Demonstrations: Pakistani Protestors Demand Autonomy

Since January, thousands of protestors in Gilgit-Baltistan, a glaciated region of northern Pakistan, have been demanding a restoration of a recently revoked wheat subsidy in a push for political autonomy and economic justice.

May 02, 2024

How One Sustainable Development Student Balances Academics and Athletics

When she’s not studying for her classes in the Undergraduate Sustainable Development program, Phoebe Anderson is running with Columbia’s cross-country team.