CCI Steering Committee

During the past several years the Earth Institute has established the Cross-Cutting Initiative as a means to tackle complex multi-disciplinary problems related to sustainable development. It guides the investment of seed funding and coordinates the seminar series on sustainable development. The CCI is guided by a steering committee with representation from all relevant disciplines. The CCI Steering Committee is comprised of the following members, with their respective cross-cutting theme indicated:

Peter Schlosser, Chair
Associate Director, The Earth Institute
Vinton Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering

Steven A. Cohen, Ex Officio
Executive Director, The Earth Institute
Director, Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs and Earth Institute
Director, Concentration in Environmental Policy Studies, School of International and Public Affairs

Geoffrey M. Heal, Social Sciences
Director, Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development, The Earth Institute
Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility, School of Business

Yochanan Kushnir, Climate and Society
Doherty Senior Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Adjunct Professor, School of International and Public Affairs

Klaus S. Lackner, Energy
Director, Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, The Earth Institute
Ewing-Worzel Professor of Geophysics, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering
Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Upmanu Lall, Water
Alan and Carol Silberstein Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering and of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering
Senior Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, The Earth Institute

Art Lerner-Lam, Hazards
Director, Center for Hazards and Risk Research, The Earth Institute
Doherty Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

John C. Mutter, Hazards
Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Cheryl Palm, Food, Ecology and Nutrition
Director for Research, Millennium Villages Project, The Earth Institute
Senior Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, The Earth Institute

Richard Plunz, Urban
Director, Urban Design Lab, The Earth Institute
Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Dr. Neil Schluger, Health
Professor, Departments of Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health
Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Madeleine Thomson, Health
Senior Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, The Earth Institute

Maria Uriarte, Ecosystems
Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology

Lex van Geen, Water
Doherty Senior Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory