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The Environment and Society:
Research for a Changing World

Monday, December 5, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Boston College

This event will feature a keynote address by BC Law alum, Nathaniel Stinnett, J.D. '05, founder and CEO of Environmental Voter Project; panel discussions by Boston College faculty; and highlights of work done by both undergraduate and graduate students across the University.

Event schedule


12:00 p.m.

Welcome & Keynote address by Nathaniel Stinnett, J.D. '05, Founder & CEO of Environmental Voter Project

"Modern Environmental Politics: big data, behavioral science, and getting environmentalists to vote"

Nathaniel Stinnett has over a decade of experience as a senior advisor, consultant, and trainer for political campaigns and issue-advocacy nonprofits. Recently dubbed “The Voting Guru” by Grist, Stinnett was named one of the 50 environmental visionaries that you’ll be talking about in 2016. He has held a variety of senior leadership and campaign manager positions on US Senate, Congressional, state, and mayoral campaigns, and Stinnett is a frequent expert speaker on political strategy at campaign management trainings and top universities. Formerly an attorney at the international law firm of DLA Piper LLP, he is also widely recognized for his work as a land-use, environmental, and real estate attorney. Stinnett holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School, and he lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and daughter.

12:45 p.m. Keynote Q&A

1:00 p.m.


Faculty Presentation Session

Jeremy Shakun, Assistant Professor, Earth & Environmental Sciences
“The Long View on Climate Change: What the Last 21,000 Years Tell Us about 21st Century Climate Change and Beyond”

Richard Sweeney, Assistant Professor, Economics
“Getting the Most out of Green Spending”

Conevery Bolton Valencius, Professor, History
“Energy and Earthquakes: What’s our history? What’s our future?”

Gautam N. Yadama, Dean, School of Social Work
“Powering the Poor”


2:00 p.m.


Panel Discussion: Environmental Justice
Moderator: Tiziana Dearing, Professor, Macro Practice, School of Social Work

David Deese, Professor, Political Science
Juliet Schor, Professor, Sociology
Holly VandeWall, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Philosophy
Judith Vessey, Lelia Holden Carroll Professor in Nursing, CSON
Corinne Wong, Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences
3:00 p.m. Student Research Exhibit Hall

4:00 p.m.


Student Research Presentations

Elisabeth Ames, Earth and Environmental Sciences
“Anthropogenic Erosion and Land-Use Changes in the Northeastern United States”

Liam Holland, Boston College Law School
“Footing the Bill for Natural Gas Leaks: Why States Should Place Limits on Cost Recovery of Lost and Unaccounted for Gas”

Christopher Yu, Sociology and Philosophy
“Environmental Conditions of Factory Work in China: The Emerging Face of Chinese State Capitalism”

4:45 p.m.
Concluding Remarks & Awards
William P. Leahy, S.J., President, Boston College
5:00 p.m. Reception