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Engineering and Technology

Dynamic Sustainability: Implications of the Net-Zero Carbon Transition

January 19, 2023 at 3:00pm4:30pm EST

Syracuse Center of Excellence, 203 and Virtual (See event details)

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The world is rapidly transitioning to a net-zero carbon economy. What are the risks and unintended consequences of these technology and policy transitions? 

Launched during the fall of 2021, The Dynamic Sustainability Lab (DSL) examines supply chain, economic, trade and national security implications resulting from technological, biological and institutional efforts for a net-zero carbon economy.

DSL is a non-partisan partner to industry, government and NGOs, taking an interdisciplinary, scientific approach to support organizations as they realize their sustainability transition. Students and faculty work together through a dual qualitative and quantitative approach that integrates various scientific disciplines to provide decision makers in the public and private sectors a holistic understanding of the near-term and longer-term implications.

The vision for the lab is to become an internationally recognized resource for bridging the unique roles of industry and government to maximize the opportunities and minimize the challenges resulting from global sustainability transitions, and prepare the next generation of sustainability professionals.


 Jay Golden, Ph.D., Pontarelli Professor of Environmental Sustainability and Finance, Director of the Dynamic Sustainability Lab

Dr. Golden is an internationally recognized researcher and academic regarding the dynamics of the global sustainability transition.   Golden uses big data, modeling and analytics to analyze the risks, unintended consequences and opportunities of government policies and corporate actions to meet sustainability challenges.

Golden is the recipient of the Faculty Pioneer Award from the Center for Business Education at the Aspen Institute. The Aspen Institute’s Faculty Pioneer Award is the “Oscars of the business school world” according to The Financial Times. Golden was also named one of the 100 most influential people in business ethics by the Ethisphere Institute.  In 2017, Golden was appointed to the Board of Scientific Counselors for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he now still serves on the Executive Committee.

Golden consults for governments and corporations around the world and is the author of the forthcoming book, Dynamic Sustainability to be released in 2023 by Cambridge University Press.

Golden received his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Cambridge and his master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development from a joint program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge. He also holds a Professional Mastery of Project Management Certificate from Stanford University, an MLE in Higher Education from Harvard, and has a B.A. degree in Management. He can be reached at


Neil Webb, MBA, Director, Markets & Growth, Ramboll

Neil Webb serves as chair of the SyracuseCoE Industry Partners Council since March 2017. Mr. Webb has been working within the energy industry for over 26 years. His experience spans the evolution of energy markets from the vertically integrated holding companies of the early 1990s to today’s deregulated marketplace. During this transformation, Mr. Webb has been engaged by utilities, independent system operators and energy supply companies to assist in strategic and operational functions of both the wholesale and retail energy markets. Recently, Mr. Webb’s work has been focused at the retail level assisting entities with critical decisions involving energy products from the procurement of electricity, natural gas, and oil to the planning and management of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), and Green House Gas (GHG) products. Mr. Webb has a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from Clarkson University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Rochester’s Simon School.

This event was first published on January 4, 2023 and last updated on January 17, 2023.

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