The Wharton Climate Center at the Wharton School organized a unique climate summit in September 2023, where each professor and scholar had a brief five minutes to present years of research findings in various intersecting fields such as business and climate change.
According to observations by 《The Icons》 interview team, many research findings were highly provocative, with each presenter delivering a compelling five-minute talk that captivated the audience. Attendees were deeply engaged and eager for more information.
“In recent years, interest in this field has been steadily rising, reflected in the increased demand for related courses, including a strong desire for majors and career development in ESG and BEES (Business, Energy, Environment, and Sustainability),” stated Dr. Sarah E. Light, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and the director of the Wharton Climate Center, in an interview with 《The Icons.》
The event, held on September 20th and organized by the ESG Advocacy Group of the Wharton Climate Center, attracted over 150 students, alumni, and scholars who came to learn about the latest research in the climate field.
Several professors and scholars provided their insights on various topics, including the disproportionate impact of climate change on global poverty and the challenges of setting ESG standards.
The format of the event was modeled after the popular “Iron Chef” competition and Wharton’s own “Iron Professor.” Following intense presentations, a lively Q&A session took place where the audience asked questions to the professors, reflecting their curiosity about collaboration within the faculty and across disciplines. Many professors emphasized the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration, including the need for data analysis in research and community work.
Professor Eric Orts, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, expressed his hope for more cross-sector collaboration: “Scientists may get stuck in their own isolation. In the past, the academic publishing system didn’t truly encourage interdisciplinary work, so overall, I think we can do better in the future.”
The participants also paid tribute to the late Professor Howard Kunreuther, a world-renowned behavioral economist who passed away in August. Kunreuther, a co-founder of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, now renamed the Wharton Climate Center, was honored for his contributions to risk management.
“When it comes to sustainability, interdisciplinary research is imperative, and that is the current mission of the Wharton Climate Center. We are carrying Professor Kunreuther’s legacy and continuing to forge ahead,” said Dr. Sarah E. Light.
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