Eban Goodstein
Directory, Bard Center for Environmental Policy


Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:45pm


How to Solve Climate Change By 2030: Solar Dominance + Citizen Action

The 2030 date to achieve the Paris climate target has inspired new engagement in climate solutions. Nevertheless, there is widespread pessimism about slowing climate change in the near term. Countering this view, increasingly low-cost solar plus low-cost battery storage are emerging as "the dominant backbone" of a future global energy economy. This talk explores the Solar Dominance Hypothesis: the idea that in the 2020’s solar plus storage will emerge as part of a suite of highly disruptive energy technologies, and that driven by both the market and policy, within ten years 50% or more of power could be produced from solar plus storage. A solar plus storage market disruption, combined with rising citizen action around other climate solutions, could open the road to “solve climate”—the energy side—over the next decade.

Eban will also be presenting a talk on 'How To Get a Job Saving the Planet: Sustainability Leadership Careers in Business, NGO’s and Government' on Friday, Oct. 25th at noon (AW-204)

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Eban Goodstein directs Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Degree options include (1) the low-residency MBA in Sustainability based in NYC; (2) M.S. Degrees in Environmental Policy and in Climate Science and Policy; and (3) an M.Ed. in Environmental Education. 

Professor Goodstein holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Geology from Williams College. Goodstein is the author of three books: Economics and the Environment, (John Wiley and Sons: 2017) now in its eighth edition; Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming (University Press of New England: 2007); and The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment (Island Press: 1999). Articles by Goodstein have appeared in among other outlets, The Journal of Environmental Economics and ManagementLand EconomicsEcological Economics, and Environmental Management. His research has been featured in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, Scientific AmericanTimeThe EconomistUSA Today, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and he has testified in Congress on the employment impacts of environmental regulation. He serves on the editorial board of Sustainability: The Journal of Record

In recent years, Goodstein coordinated a series of national educational events around climate change, engaging over 2,500 colleges, universities, and K-12 schools in solutions-based dialog. At Bard he also directs C2C Fellows, a network of undergraduates and recent graduates who aspire to sustainability leadership in business, NGOs and government. 


Eban will also be presenting a talk on 'How To Get a Job Saving the Planet: Sustainability Leadership Careers in Business, NGO’s and Government' on Friday, Oct. 25th at noon (AW-204)



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