Took has long been involved in the annual United Nations Conference on Climate Change.
For students attending, it is an experience that stays with them and builds on the many climate-related courses and programs available at Tck. This year’s COP26 was held in Glasgow, Scotland, which focused on a year-long focus on climate change and climate change, including high temperatures, droughts, floods and forest fires. Six T’22s have been sent to COP26 by sponsorship and organization, presented by the Business, Government and Community (CBGS) and Review Energy Center, and they have an observation level and can sit down for negotiations and panel discussions. Network with experts on climate change, trade and public policy communication. They are led by Hannah Pieson, Director of Business, Government and Community Center and Tracy Bach, Professor of Law, Veteran Climate Law Law and Policy Analyst, International Negotiation Consultant, Researcher and Social Entrepreneur at COP for many years.
“It is important for our students to be at the forefront of these challenges as they prepare to take on these challenges as business leaders,” says Pyson.
April Salas, director general of the Rivers for Energy Center, adds:
Three of the students who attended COP26 from Turkey were Abigail Gary, Kathleen Horan and Sam Gant. Here is a little bit about their upbringing, why they went to Glasgow, and what they got out of it.
Abigail Gary T’22
Abigail Gary came to Tak with five years of experience in public and private partnerships with the governments of Chile and Peru. She returned to the United States a little worried about working for the government, and she was curious about the role that businesses would play in making a difference. Prior to enrolling in Turkey, Gary CSR worked with a consulting firm for large Chilean international companies, which not only attended business school but also strengthened her master’s degree in public policy. She is currently a graduate student at Took and Harvard Kennedy Public Schools. “I thought it was important to be able to speak not only the language but also the business language,” she said. “I wanted to do business with these public policy programs.”
At Took, Gary is a CBGS partner, director of the TAC ESG (Environmental, Social and Management) Fund – a student-led fund that leverages ESG negative and positive screens – and a Tach Social Director Venture Fund that influences investing in primary companies . Those experiences taught her much about the importance of accurate measurement in impact-related efforts. “Now is an exciting time for ESG metrics,” she said, as people began to measure, measure and audit. That was the main reason I attended COP26.
The highlight of the trip was a panel discussion on the standard setting of the British Standard Institute, which discussed the creation of ESG standards that can be applied to countries and industries. After that, she had the opportunity to speak directly to the panelists and ask questions about materialism – the roof of concern in financial statements – and how it applies to many industries. “The main message is that we need these metrics to be consistent across the board, but we need flexibility.
Gary left Glasgow for more than she had expected. In the past, the COPs have made little progress on mandatory international agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and this issue has not made much progress. Still, Gary is optimistic because of the concerted efforts of each country to reduce climate change. “It was so intense to see everyone working on the problem,” she says.