Morningside Campus Access Updates

Updated July 10, 2024

The following color-coded campus status levels have been developed to simplify communication regarding the current circumstances on and around the Morningside campus. The campus status level is based upon the potential disruption to our academic mission and/or campus operations. The status level will be adjusted up or down to reflect then-current circumstances, including information received from law enforcement and other sources regarding potential events that could affect Columbia. Continued adherence to university rules and policies remains fundamental to maintaining an open campus. Read more.



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Elliot Diringer is a Global Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP), where he directs the Center’s International Dialogue on Climate and Trade.

Mr. Diringer came to CGEP from the U.S. Department of State, where he served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. In that capacity, he led planning for the Leaders Summit on Climate hosted by President Biden in April 2021 and leader-level meetings of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate.  He also led the team establishing the Energy Transition Accelerator, an innovative carbon crediting platform to speed the transition from coal-based to clean power in developing countries.

Mr. Diringer first focused on climate change as a journalist covering the 1992 Earth Summit for the San Francisco Chronicle.  He joined the Clinton White House in 1997, serving as communications director at the Council on Environmental Quality and as a deputy press secretary and deputy assistant to the president.

Prior to returning to government, Mr. Diringer was executive vice president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. He led the Center’s international program from 2001 to 2021, directing dozens of international climate policy studies and regularly convening lead climate negotiators from key countries.  He led the influential Climate Dialogue at Pocantico and the Toward 2015 dialogue, which helped build consensus on the conceptual underpinnings of the Paris Agreement.

Mr. Diringer’s publications include the articles Letting go of Kyoto and Climate change: A patchwork of emissions cuts in the journal Nature.  His public presentations include a recent talk at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government on Taking Stock of the International Climate Effort.

Mr. Diringer is a graduate of Haverford College and was a 1995-96 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.









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