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Alumna Tara Bono (MPA'11) Explores Climate Change at Home and Abroad

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The challenges of addressing climate change transcend national boundaries and require mutual cooperation between nations, as well as the interest of the larger global community. Dr. Stan Altman, President Emeritus of Baruch College, and the International Center are working together to convene professionals from Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan and the United States to explore the science, impact, adaptation, and mitigation actions related to climate change through an international fellowship program. The program is funded by US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and aims to promote mutual understanding and partnerships between key professional groups in the United States and their counterparts in these four East Asian and Pacific countries.

Tara Bono, recent Baruch College MPA Graduate, along with three other Climate Change Professionals from the U.S., spent three weeks in Australia learning what professionals on the other side of the world are doing in response to climate change; after all, greenhouse gas emissions know no boundaries. Tara met with leading researchers at several Universities, and toured some of the most advanced renewable energy labs and installations on the globe. Other key meetings with elected officials and businesses provided insight into the sometimes controversial political and corporate world surrounding sustainability and the environment. The newly-introduced plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by implementing a carbon pricing mechanism was a major topic discussed throughout the fellowship experience. This initiative is being praised by leaders from the U.K. and E.U. as it is the first real effort by a developed country to tackle the carbon problem on a national level. Although the issue hasn't made huge headlines in the U.S. yet, there are at least four young professionals watching this development very closely.

This October, Tara and her organization, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, will be hosting two international fellows as interns. The fellows will gain first-hand knowledge of grassroots environmental non-profits in the United States through meetings with elected officials, attendance at public meetings, renewable energy project site visits, as well as contributing to research and community organizing. By facilitating these internships, Tara hopes to establish links and develop a network of committed professionals around the world.