Decarbonizing Finance to Combat Climate Change (In-Person)

On September 13, join Urban Green, NYU and NYC Comptroller Brad Lander for a discussion on how finance can drive decarbonization.

  • September 13, 2023
  • 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Decarbonizing finance

Event Cost

  • Non-member: $20
  • Core Member (incl. Student & Emerging Professional): $10
  • Trust and Leadership Level Member (incl. Steward & Supporter): Free
  • Sponsor Member: Free

In 2016, the Paris Climate Accord was signed by 200 nations committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But since then, nearly $5 trillion in new financing has supported the continued growth of the fossil fuel industry and global carbon emissions have increased by more than 5.5%.

Measuring and disclosing these “financed carbon emissions”—or Scope 3 emissions—by banks and financial institutions is critical for investors who seek to understand climate risk in their portfolios. 

New York City Comptroller Brad Lander is responsible for the management of over $240 billion in pension funds and is leveraging this role to drive carbon disclosure, including Scope 3 emissions, from the companies in which pension funds are invested. On September 13, Comptroller Lander will join Urban Green Council CEO John Mandyck for a conversation about his net zero plan and how finance can be a lever for decarbonization.

Following their discussion, a panel will zoom in to address the city’s largest source of carbon, the built environment, which accounts for 70% of emissions. While new legislation requires owners of the largest buildings to decarbonize or face penalties, the banks and lenders that hold mortgages on those buildings have a unique opportunity to accelerate climate-friendly finance solutions, enhance their own portfolios, reduce their Scope 3 carbon emissions, and help NYC reach its decarbonization goals. Marianna Koval, from the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, will demonstrate a new data tool that consolidates mortgage lender information and carbon emissions data to bring transparency to the mortgage market and show the Scope 3 emissions in the portfolios of major NYC mortgage lenders.

This event is co-hosted with NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business



Sam Chandan
Director, Chen Institute for Global Real Estate Finance, NYU Stern School of Business
Marianna Koval
Director, Invest NYC SDG Initiative, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business
Emily Kreps
Global Head of ESG and Sustainable Finance, IB O&A; Head of ESG, Americas, Deutsche Bank
Brad Lander
New York City Comptroller
John Mandyck
CEO, Urban Green Council
Sadie McKeown
President, The Community Preservation Corporation
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