Past Event

Creating A More Sustainable Future At Every Level

November 4, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This event is hosted by the Columbia University Postdoctoral Society. Please register on Eventbrite here.

Join us virtually to hear about how we can help mitigate climate change at multiple levels: from the state level all the way to you. Three awesome panelists will be joining us for this event:

Hillel Hammer, MS

Hillel Hammer is a Senior Advisor in Energy and Environmental Analysis at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He works on NYSERDA's Energy and Environmental Analysis Modeling and Analytics team to support the development and analysis of New York State's energy policies. Hillel received his MS in environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Verena Haage, PhD

Verena is a neuroimmunologist by training and currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Translational and Computational Neuroimmunology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Verena studied Biological Sciences at the University of Konstanz in Germany, worked at the Spanish National Cancer Center in Madrid, Spain and at Newcastle University in the UK among others and received her PhD from the Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, Germany as holder of a Neurocure fellowship awarded by the Charité Berlin. During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Virology at Charité Berlin before joining Columbia University. Verena has a strong interest in research sustainability and worked on several aspects of sustainability in science, including a study focusing on conference travelling behavior of scientists (Haage et al. 2020; doi:10.7554/eLife.56765) as well as the social aspects of research sustainability by focusing and advocating for a more sustainable leadership culture in academia (doi: In addition to researching different angles of sustainability in science she is also a co-founder of the sustainable leadership for science initiative (

Caleb Woodall, PhD

Dr. Caleb M. Woodall is a Postdoc with the Carbon Management Research Initiative under CGEP at Columbia University, where he analyzes technologies and policies to advance carbon capture and removal. He earned his PhD at Worcester Polytechnic Institute by studying multiple approaches to advance carbon mineralization, including experimental work, technoeconomic analysis, policy analysis, and youth outreach. Caleb also brings deep experience with the industrial sector, having performed work with the concrete, iron & steel, and chemical industries. In 2020, Caleb was a Policy Fellow for ClearPath, where he worked on decarbonization strategies for the concrete industry. He has particular interests in coupling waste valorization with carbon management strategies and in outreach to lay audiences. Caleb holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas.


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