Working Groups

Environment and Climate

The environment and climate working group aims to address environmental challenges, particularly those that exacerbate the climate crisis, through the lens of computational and economic lenses. We are a diverse group of researchers from a variety of academic disciplines and geographic locations.

Syllabus for Fall 2020

We plan to cover a wide breadth of topics, pairing a reading-based discussion with an invited speaker each month.

We will announce our fall speakers and post suggested readings here. If you are looking to join our working group, please reach out to one of the co-organizers. 

Ongoing Projects


Selected Readings


An overview of our first semester, spring 2020:

  Review of certifications in practice: forest certification in Tanzania, Evidensia, palm oil, cotton, coffee, bananas

Working Group Organizers

Wanyi Li Ph.D. Student in Operations Management Stanford University
Cristina Crespo Montañés MS student in Energy & Resources Group UC Berkeley
Lily Xu Ph.D. Student in Computer Science Harvard University
Steven Yin Ph.D. Student in Operations Research Columbia University

Working Group Members

Sarah Crable Undergraduate Student Stanford University
Charles Cui Ph.D. Student in Computer Science Northwestern University
Daniel Firebanks-Quevedo Software Engineer IBM Research
John Foppert Visiting Professor of Forestry Paul Smith's College
Paul Gölz Ph.D. Student in Computer Science Carnegie Mellon University
Firehiwot Gurara Ph.D. Student in Electrical and Computer Engineering Cornell University
Michael Hamilton Assistant Professor University of Pittsburgh
Nicole Immorlica Senior Principal Research Microsoft Research
Jude Imuede Oyasor Masters Student in Computer Science University of the Witwatersrand
Irene Lo Assistant Professor in Management Science & Engineering Stanford University
Kagiso Mabusela Consultant Deloitte
Yuki Miura Ph.D. Student Columbia University
Olivia Muza Graduate Student STEAM Women
Martina Occelli Ph.D. Student in Economics Institute of Economics, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies
Gerard Olivar-Tost Professor University of Aysen
Frank Owen Professor in Mechanical Engineering California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
Mary Peng Product Manager Mastercard
Esther Plotnick Undergraduate Student Harvard University
Harman Preet Kour Jaggi PhD student in Ecology Stanford University
Tim Randolph Ph.D. Student in Computer Science Columbia University
Brian Reed Ph.D. Student in Management Science and Engineering Stanford University
Alaisha Sharma Software Engineer Palantir Technologies
Nathan Sisay High school student Hayfield Secondary
Paul Stainier PhD Student in Environment and Sustainability UCLA
Bhushan Suwal Researcher Tufts University
Nipun Thakurele Graduate Student University of Chicago
Kai Wang Ph.D. Student in Computer Science Harvard University
Judy Xie Ph.D. Student in Environmental Policy and Process Systems Engineering Imperial College London