Past Events

UN Expert Group Meeting on the Next World Cities Report 

May 7-8, 2019 

Geneva, Switzerland

Jacqueline Klopp participated in the UN expert group meeting in Geneva on the next World Cities report 2020: The Value of Sustainable Urbanization.

Green New Deal Town Hall 

May 1, 2019

New York, New York

Nilda Mesa spoke at a panel at the Green New Deal Town Hall in New York. Fellow panelists included Henry Grabar of Slate, and David Levine, of the American Sustainable Business Council.

NYU Policy Case Competition 

April 28, 2019

New York, New York

Jacqueline Klopp enjoyed serving as a judge for the annual NYU Policy Case Competition.

Sustainability and the Built Environment Conference 

April 17, 2019 

Columbia University 

Nilda Mesa, director of the Urban Sustainability and Equity Planning Program, was a panelist and moderated a session of the conference hosted by SDSN USA on Sustainability and the Built Environment, centered on SDG 11, the New Urban Agenda, the sensual city, designing resonance, and useful aesthetics. 

Governance of Metropolitan Transport Conference

April 8-9, 2019 

Lund, Sweden

Jacqueline Klopp and Elliott Sclar attended a conference on Governance of Metropolitan Transport, in Lund on 8-10 April. Jacqueline Klopp gave a talk on “Metropolitan Governance, BRT and Minibus Systems in African Cities.” 

Exchange with a UNDP Youth Leadership Program Delegation From the Arab States

April 8, 2019 


CSUD hosted an exchange with a UNDP Youth Leadership Program delegation from the Arab states. Anna Rubbo, adjunct senior scholar, outlined her current project “Accelerating the SDGs.” She and Elaine Angeles presented findings from the global survey “How are the SDGs traveling in your world?” for which 1000 responses have been received, and invited the delegation to join the Local Project Challenge. GSAPP Urban Design students shared projects they are currently working on in Vietnam and India.

Mobility Futures Lecture Series

Autonomous Vehicles: State of Tech & Policy

November 9, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Warren Hall, Room 404, 1125 Amsterdam Avenue, Columbia University, New York, NY 10025

RSVP required

Mobility Futures is excited to present a keynote lecture from Prachi Vakharia on the tech, engineering standards, and regulatory frameworks that are enabling testing and deployment of connected, autonomous vehicles.

Prachi Vakharia lives and works in Washington DC, where she works on Autonomous Vehicles, V2X technologies, digital and shared mobility projects in DC, NY and LA. Previously, she worked with the World Bank and mentored startup companies — 3 of which were acquired by Daimler AG(German auto maker of Mercedes Benz) for $100 million in a single deal on a single day. Prachi also chairs 3 committees for the National Academies of Sciences Transport Research Board, and was approached by SAE last year to serve as the first Global Chairperson for the development of new worldwide Digital & Shared Mobility Standards with SAE. Beyond her work in transportation, Prachi also established and funded a foundation, Womanium, one of the most unique Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship organisations in USA that has worked with NASA, ARPA-E, NIH, Amazon, PARC, Industries, etc. for women’s advancement in STEM+Entrepreneurship in domains ranging from Energy, Space, Astronomy, Computational Neuroscience, Industrial Additive Manufacturing, Automation, Transportation to Nuclear Weapons Safety.​ Last year, in 2017, Prachi Vakharia gave away 177 Scholarships through Womanium to students in 42 countries – including 11 from Columbia University, for Space, Energy and Neuroscience.

Join us after the lecture at Mobility Future’s mixer at Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor (1135 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025) from 5pm-6pm!

This event is free and open to the public, though RSVP is required. Please direct any questions to


Mobility Futures is an initiative at Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Urban Development examining how to leverage new transportation technologies (including connected, automated, shared, and electric mobility options) and policies toward a more sustainable and equitable transportation system. Its policy dialogue series seeks to advance the conversation on transportation technology and policy among stakeholders from the public sector, industry, academia, and public interest groups.

In Her Own Right: Marion Mahony Griffin exhibit

October 7, 2016 – March 12, 2017

Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst, IL

Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961) was one of America’s first woman architects, a Chicagoan also known as a skilled artist, environmentalist, and community activist. A central contributor to the Prairie School of Architecture, her drawings of the Unity Temple and many other projects introduced Frank Lloyd Wright’s early work to the world. Mahony Griffin was the first registered woman architect in Illinois who became a pioneer in architecture and community planning.

October 6: Opening Lecture, 7 PM—Dr. Anna Rubbo, PhD—an Australian native and an adjunct senior scholar at the Center for Sustainable Urban Development, presents the opening lecture to launch the exhibit, discussing Mahony Griffins remarkable life and legacy. Location: Elmhurst History Museum Education Center

Cost: Members Free, Non-Members $10.