Climate Justice and Public Pension Fund Investments


On Saturday, October 15th, DC37’s Climate Justice Committee in collaboration with 350NYC will present “Climate Justice and Pension Fund Investments: Divesting Public Pension Funds from Fossil Fuels”, a forum for union members, staff, and leaders.

The event is free and will be held from 9am til 1pm @ DC37, 125 Barclay Street, Room 1.

RSVP here:

Speakers will include Senator Liz Krueger, Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Tom Sanzillo, Financial Director, IEEF and former NY State Deputy Comptroller, and John Adler, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Pensions & Investments and Chief Pension Investment Advisor. DC37 Climate Justice Committee Chair Jeremy Sanders will moderate. See below for full list of presentations.

If you belong to a union in nyc, or have family members or friends that do, please invite them and share the attached event flyer. If you are not in a union, but would still like to learn more about what’s being done to confront the carbon risk facing our public pension funds as well as other initiatives being taken in NYC to mitigate the impacts of the climate change, we would love to have you join us.

As a world leader, New York has a special role to play in helping to achieve the global goal agreed upon in the Paris Climate Accord. Instead of continuing to fund climate change, it’s time to take a hard look at how our investments can help to ensure a just transition and a clean energy future for all.

Please help us spread the word by sharing the Facebook Event 

Event Program:

The Paris Climate Accord & The Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment
Senator Liz Krueger, NY Senate District 28
Helen Rosenthal, NYC Council Member, District 6

The Climate Emergency: Impacts on NYC
Judy Sheridan Gonzalez, RN, President of New York State Nurses Union

Climate Jobs and Environmental Justice
Jon Forster, DC37 Climate Justice Committee
Ana Orozco, UPROSE, Climate Justice Policy and Programs Coordinator

Divestment Successes and Local Leadership
Robert Muelhankamp, Labor Network for Sustainability

NYC Pension Funds Update
John Adler, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Pensions & Investments
and Chief Pension Investment Advisor

Fiduciary Responsibility, Risk Assessments and Climate Change
Tom Sanzillo, Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis, Director of Finance,

Investment Alternatives
Ray Santander, DC37, Assistant Director of Research and Negotiations

NYC Environmental Initiatives
Samara Swanston, Legislative Council, Environmental Committee, City Council of NYC

Closing Remarks:
Mark Dunlea, 350NYC
Judy Sheridan Gonzalez, RN, President of New York State Nurses Union

Bill McKibben Events This Week in NYC

Monday, September 19th @8:00pm (Doors 6pm)  

City Winery
155 Varick Street
(between Spring and Vandam Streets)

Featuring: Bill Mckibben, David Johansen with Mercury Rev, Martha Wainwright, Nicole Atkins, Techung, Xylouris White, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Suzzy Roche, Rebecca Foon & Jesse Paris Smith (Pathway to Paris) & more!

Tickets and More Info


Tuesday, Sept 20th @ 6:30pm
#TNRLive: Mobilizing to Defeat Climate Change
SVA’s Silas Theater
333 W 23rd St

By: New Republic
Doors open at 6:30pm; Panel at 7pm; Reception at 8:15pm

Tickets: FREE entrance; $20 VIP (including priority seating, invitation to an exclusive reception, and a 6-month subscription to the New Republic).
Here’s the link to RSVP/purchase tickets.

Writer and organizer Bill McKibben, Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr., nationally-known environmental campaigner and President of the Hip Hop Caucus and Elizabeth Yeampierre, respected environmental justice attorney and Executive Director of UPROSE will explore the latest strategies to combat climate change in conversation with New Republic Editor Eric Bates.
Read More

Panelists: Eric Bates, Bill McKibben, Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr.

New piece by Bill published by The New Republic

Tuesday, September 27 @5:30pm

Fellows Lecture: In the Hottest Year, the Hottest Fight
with Bill McKibbenThis free event is open to all educators (with priority given to Academy Fellows)
Hosted by The New-York Historical Society
Reception to follow with beer, wine, and artisanal cheese sandwiches

Request a seat here

The Academy for Teachers honors and supports exceptional teachers in New York. We organize Master Classes and other events that bring teachers together with prominent experts in all subject areas. Those who have taken part include Stephen Sondheim, Gloria Steinem, Billy Collins, David McCullough, Alan Alda, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize-winners, leading academics, and others.