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In early 2019, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts introduced the Green New Deal, a bold and ambitious resolution intended to combat climate change, address inequality, and revitalize the US economy. Some have endorsed the resolution as the economic paradigm shift needed to tackle the threat of climate change, but others dismiss it as a progressive agenda with potentially dangerous economic consequences. While support for the plan is undeniably divided, there is widespread belief that the United States faces profound environmental, social, and economic threats.

At the center of debate about the Green New Deal is a question about its direction, scope, and feasibility. Is the plan a visionary blueprint intended to address the country’s most pressing problems, or is it a set of misguided proposals that are unattainable and costly?

This full-day conference, in the format of a debate, will focus on key policy areas addressed by the Green New Deal: healthcare, education, infrastructure, climate change, and government finances. The goal of the event is to bring together policymakers, senior executives, academics, and other thought leaders to debate the Green New Deal and develop a pathway toward real and impactful change.

Organized by the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy, a joint initiative of Columbia Business School and Columbia Law School.


Please note that the program may change in the weeks leading up to the conference.

8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. | Breakfast and Registration

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | Opening Remarks and Keynote Address

10:00 a.m.–11 a.m. | Economic Security

Matthew Continetti, Founding Editor, The Washington Free Beacon
Ioana Marinescu, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice
Albert Wenger, Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures

11:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m. | Break

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. | Energy and the Environment

Robert Bryce, Author and Filmmaker
Dan Carol, Director of the Center for Financial Markets, Milken Institute
Jonathan Elkind, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy
Moderated by Alexis Crow, Senior Fellow, Richard Paul Richman Center, and Geopolitical Investing Lead, PwC

12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m. | Lunch

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Government Debt

Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum
Stephanie Kelton, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Stony Brook University
Peter R. Orszag, CEO of Financial Advisory, Lazard Freres & Co
Moderated by Kate Davidson, Economic Policy Reporter

2:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m. | Break

2:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m. | Healthcare

James C. Capretta, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Sherry Glied
, Dean and Professor of Public Service, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, NYU
Steffie Woolhandler, Distinguished Professor of Public Health, City University of New York at Hunter College
Moderated by Margot Sanger-Katz, Correspondent, New York Times

3:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Break

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. | Education

Sandy Baum, Senior Fellow, The Urban Institute
David Bergeron, Senior Fellow for Postsecondary Education Policy, Center for American Progress
Max Eden, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Moderated by Erik German, Senior Fellow, Richard Paul Richman Center, and Producer, The New York Times’ Retro Report

5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks and Reception

This event is open to the public and on the record. Advance registration is required to attend. By attending, you consent to appearing in any photos or videos produced by the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy or affiliated third parties. No personal recordings are allowed. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us in advance at

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