Global Climate Action Symposium

European Climate Diplomacy Week

Kendeda Building, Georgia Tech (map)

September 27, 2019 · 9 AM - 6 PM


The Global Climate Action Symposium will bring together a wide range of experts to showcase climate change engagement by local student activists, scientists and engineers, business and policy experts, and artists. Jointly sponsored by Georgia Tech and six European consulates during European Climate Diplomacy Week, the event will be held in the brand new Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, where guests can learn about how the building will produce more energy than it uses, collect and recycle water for its operations, and promote a just and equitable world.

At a glance


September 27, 2019


The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, Georgia Tech (map)


  • Part 1 - Science, Technology, and Policies
  • Part 2Student Engagement, "Fridays for Future"
  • Part 3Art & Climate Future
  • Part 4Reception


Registration is free. Please reserve your ticket here.

Getting to Georgia Tech

There are many options to get to Georgia Tech without requiring a vehicle.

Live stream

Schedule of Events

9 - 9:30 AM

Registration and coffee

Kendeda Building atrium

Part 1 – Science, Technology, and Policies

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Opening remarks

Kendeda Building auditorium
  • Shan Arora, Director, The Kendeda Building
  • Kim Cobb, Director, Global Change Program
  • President Cabrera, President of Georgia Tech
  • Emmanouil Androulakis, Consul of Greece, on behalf European Consul

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Science & Engineering Panel Discussion

Kendeda Building auditorium
  • Moderator: Beril Toktay, Professor of Operations Management, Brady Family Chair, ADVANCE Professor, Faculty Director, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, Scheller College of Business
  • Chloé Arson, Associate Professor, Geosystems Engineering Sustainable Communities School of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Science
  • Eri Saikawa, Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Environmental Sciences, Emory College of Arts and Sciences
  • Zachary Lancaster, PhD student, City & Regional Planning, Georgia Tech

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM


11:20 AM - 12:30 PM

Business & Policy Panel Discussion

Kendeda Building auditorium

The panel will feature:

  • Moderator: Michael Oxman, Managing Director, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business; Professor of the Practice, Sustainable Business, Scheller College of Business
  • John McIntyre, Professor, Executive Director, GT CIBER, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology, author of CSR and Climate Change Implications for Multinational Enterprises
  • Dagmara Koska, Counsellor on Climate and Energy, EU Delegation to the USA
  • Jairo Garcia, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Climate Nexus
  • Strata Solar representative
  • Kingspan Insulation representative

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


A sustainable, plant-forward lunch will be provided for pre-registrants.

Part 2 – Student Engagement, "Fridays for Future"

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Introducing "Fridays for Future"

Pierre Gourjon will introduce video interviews of students from Belgium, Germany, France, Greece, Ireland, and other countries.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

"Fridays for Future" Discussion

Kendeda Building auditorium
  • Moderator: Ruthie Yow, Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain

2:30 PM - 3:05 PM


Kendeda Building auditorium

Destiny Loyd, Citizen's Climate Lobby

Introductory remarks by Kim Cobb, Georgia Power Chair and ADVANCE Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

3:05 PM - 3:20 PM


3:20 PM - 3:45 PM


Part 3 – Art & Climate Future

"Urban Wilderness + Man-Mad Nature", a collaborative exhibition by documentary and fine art photographer Virginie Drugjon-Kippelen and conceptual photographer Shannon Davis, creative director and adjunct professor at Savannah College of Art and Design, will be featured throughout the day.

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Carte Blanche Visual Artists

Kendeda Building auditorium

The panel will feature:

  • Guy Gabon, eco-artist, designer and filmmaker, whose work explores the interrelationship between the natural and urban environment and has been exhibited in Canada, Mozambique, Madagascar, France notably.
  • Gwenola Wagon, artist and assistant professor, Department of Visual Art, University of Paris 8, has produced numerous installations in France and abroad, and Pierre Cassou-Noguès, philosopher and professor, Department of Philosophy of the University Paris 8, author of several books as Les rêves cybernétiques de Norbert Wiener (Seuil, 2014) or Technofictions (Cerf, 2019).
  • Erin Jane Nelson, artist, whose work has recently been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and at Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Conversation with Artists

Kendeda Building auditorium
  • Panel Introduction and Moderator: Anna Westerstahl Stenport, Chair and Professor, School of Modern Languages; Founding co-Director, the Atlanta Global Studies Center, Georgia Institute of Technology (opening remarks)

Part 4 – Reception

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Kendeda Building atrium

Getting to Georgia Tech

Public transportation

A combination of public transit and Georgia Tech buses can get you to the Kendeda Building.

  1. Take MARTA to the Midtown Transit Station
  2. Exit the Midtown Station towards Peachtree Pl NE, and hop on the Tech Trolley
  3. Hop off at the Manufacturing Institute or Marcus Nanotechnology. Refer to the Tech Trolley's route here.

Check Google Maps for bike routes and directions to the Kendeda Building.


Lyft Shared and Uber Pool are convenient options to the Kendeda Building.


If you're driving, we encourage you to carpool. Visitor parking lots are located around campus. The lots that are closest to the Kendeda Building are Visitors Area 4 and Visitors area 5.

Global Change Program; Office of International Affairs; Serve-Learn-Sustain; Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business; Center for European and Transatlantic Studies; Center for International Strategy, Technology, & Policy

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