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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:50 pm 
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As some of you may already know, earlier this year, the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy was approached by one of the Maryland State Delegates to determine if the school had any enterprising graduate students who would be willing to help them look into how adequately the Maryland State Pension and Retirement System is addressing the potential risks posed by climate change to the pension fund. My name was one of two that was put forward for the project.

As a result, I am co-author on a high profile report that examines the potential impact of climate risk on Maryland's $47 billion pension and retirement system (SRPS). We examined, among other things, what SRPS is currently doing, what the best investment practices are among a range of domestic and foreign pension and retirement systems, and provide some insight into things that SRPS would be advised to consider.

I've been working on it since the start of this year, and it was officially published on the Center of Global Sustainability (CGS) website today. Accompanying this will be an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun, and a public forum held in the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy in early October with some high profile speakers.

If you'd like to know more about the report, you can find the CGS news release here:

http://www.cgs.umd.edu/news/2017/10/5/m ... mate-risks

The report is available to view or download here:

http://www.cgs.umd.edu/publication


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:48 pm 
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Very cool, nice work!

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Excellent! Congratulations!

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That's awesome! Major accolades are in order. I'm really curious about your findings -- gonna have a look for your executive summary.

Big question: How much does this count toward your thesis?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:08 am 
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Kookookachoo wrote:
That's awesome! Major accolades are in order. I'm really curious about your findings -- gonna have a look for your executive summary.

Big question: How much does this count toward your thesis?


Thanks Kook! The answer to that, unfortunately, is that it doesn't count at all. This was a project I worked on as part of my graduate assistantship. For my thesis, I'm going to be working with the GEF (Global Environment Facility) to examine how to best prioritize international funding for conservation and biodiversity preservation activities based off of geospatial analysis of satellite data.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:33 am 
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My fellow authors and I recently received a shout out from Maryland Delegate Marc Korman on Facebook and in his monthly newsletter, in which he mentions that he plans to introduce legislation incorporating many of the idea from our report.


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Right on bro! Sounds like your career is taking off quick!

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Irm, that is awesome. I may bug you for guidance on geospatial analysis.

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