Ensuring Climate Policies Have Impact at Scale

Event Details

February 22nd, 2024
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. EST

Online Virtual Event

Rising global temperatures and increasingly frequent and severe weather events make effective climate-related policy and investments ever-more urgent. If unabated, severe and irreparable climate change could further destabilize food and water systems, contribute to migration, and adversely impact human health and security around the world. What are the most efficient and effective technology pathways to address climate change, and how can climate policies be crafted to help ensure near-term impact?

Emerging from COP28, world leaders, climate experts, and a range of stakeholders are seeking to galvanize action and mobilize investment into alternative, sustainable energy solutions. Against this backdrop, join Foreign Policy and Florida International University at FIU’s Third Annual Environment Forum for a plenary discussion and needed debate about the potential and pitfalls of climate policy, and the climate-related strategies capable of driving impact at scale.

If you are interested in attending the rest of FIU’s 3rd Annual Environment Forum: Climate Tech and Coastal Resilience in Miami, please click here.



Dr. Kerry Emmanuel


Dr. Kerry Emanuel is the Cecil and Ida Green emeritus professor of atmospheric science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was on the faculty from 1981 to 2022. Before that he was on the faculty of UCLA from 1978 to 1981. Emanuel’s initial focus was on the dynamics of rain and snow banding in winter storms, but his interests gradually migrated to the meteorology of the tropics and to climate change. His specialty is hurricane physics and he was the first to investigate how long-term climate change might affect hurricane activity, an issue that continues to occupy him today. His interests also include cumulus convection, and advanced methods of sampling the atmosphere in aid of numerical weather prediction. Emanuel is the author or co-author of over 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and three books, including Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes, published by Oxford University Press and aimed at a general audience, and What We Know about Climate Change, published by the MIT Press and now entering its third edition. He was a co-founder and co-director of MIT’s Lorenz Center, a climate think tank devoted to basic, curiosity-driven climate research. He is the Chief Scientific Officer and co- founder of WindRiskTech, LLC, which provides clients with advanced synthetic tropical cyclone events sets for assessing current and future tropical cyclone risks worldwide. Emanuel is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a foreign member of the Royal Society, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He is a recipient of the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal of the American Meteorological Society and the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Climate Change category, among other honors.


Susan Glickman


Named to Florida Trend’s Inaugural 500 Most Influential Business Leaders, Susan Glickman is the Vice-President for Policy & Partnerships at The CLEO Institute. Susan is a consultant to the Florida Clinicians for Climate Action – educating medical professionals on the health harms of a warming climate. She worked with Fortune 500 London-based The Climate Group, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Our Children’s Trust, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.   Susan sits on the board of Solar & Energy Loan Fund (SELF) – the only green bank in Florida – which provides affordable financing for weatherization and solar for low- and moderate-income families. She’s on the Steering Committee of East Central Florida Regional Resilience Collaborative and initiated the Tampa Bay Regional Resilience Coalition. 

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Kent Lassman


Lassman oversees strategy for the free market organization, including management of a team of policy, communications, and fundraising staff. Prior to joining CEI, Lassman spent eight years as vice president at a public affairs firm in Washington, DC, counseling clients on campaign approaches to issues ranging from telecommunications to privacy to biotechnology and state licensure.   His past experience includes testimony before Congress, state legislature, and in regulatory proceedings. His research has covered topics as varied as the federal budget and Progressivism in America, as well as electricity and tech policy. Having held positions in nonprofit organizations, on advisory councils, at private firms, and policy organizations, Lassman is a recognized expert in free-market economics and strategic marketing for the principles necessary for individual and economic freedom to flourish.  In addition to previous roles in strategy, research, and communications at nonprofit policy organizations including FreedomWorks, Citizens for a Sound Economy, and Progress & Freedom Foundation, from 2003 to 2008, he served on the President’s Advisory COuncil for the State Policy Network. He was the founding director and on the faculty of the Institute for Regulatory Law & Economics. From 2001 to 2006, he served as an advisor to the Task Force on Telecommunications & Information Technology at the American Legislative Exchange Council.  Lassman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and politics from The Catholic University of America, with honors for work on market theory, and a Master of Public Administration degree from North Carolina State University.

Andrew Sollinger


Andrew Sollinger is the publisher and CEO of Foreign Policy, which he joined in 2018. Previously, he was executive vice president at Business Insider, executive director of Capital New York (now Politico NY) and managing director of the Financial Times Americas. Sollinger was part of the executive team that built Money-Media, a digital news startup focused on the fund management industry, and sold it to the FT. A former reporter and editor for Institutional Investor magazine’s newsletter division, Andrew has lived in London, Hong Kong and New York. He is a graduate of Clark University, where he was executive editor of The Scarlet.

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