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Winter 2021

LAW 2513: Climate: Politics, Finance and Infrastructure

While climate change is often considered an 'environmental problem', the risks and opportunities embedded in a changing climate go well beyond the natural environment. This course, taught by Alicia Seiger and Kate Gordon, reframes climate as a macroeconomic challenge, one in which multilateral politics, global investment, and distribution of impacts must be understood and reconsidered. Based on readings and guest speakers, this interdisciplinary course traces the arc of climate past, present and future on the pillars of politics, finance, and infrastructure (both physical and institutional). Grounded in the latest climate science and the history of global climate negotiations, the bulk of the course will investigate innovations at the intersection of finance, law and policy, with particular emphasis on risk management, legal liability, corporations, climate justice and resilience. The final sessions will consider the future, taking a look at how the next generation of leaders might solve the greatest challenge of our time. Learn how students from last year's class proposed solving this challenge by viewing their final projects.

Schedule: LAW 2513 meets every Wednesday from 4:15 - 6:15 pm PST during winter quarter (Remote: Synchronous).

If you'd like more information or have questions, please email Alicia Seiger at

Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFI) Seminar

During the winter and spring quarters, join SFI’s monthly seminar to meet our faculty and fellows and learn more about our ongoing research projects. We’ll cover innovative policy and financial mechanisms designed to rapidly decarbonize the global economy.

Please click here to see the schedule for Winter 2021If you'd like more information or have questions, please email Katie Taflan Cerneka at

During fall quarter, students may enroll in the Sustainable Finance and Investment Seminar (CEE 157/257), led by Soh Young In, a 1-unit course which aims to equip the Stanford community with the knowledge and networks required to undertake significant future work on sustainable finance and investment. The class explores multiple disciplines of sustainable finance, featuring talks by Stanford faculty and guest speakers. The course is open to students, faculty, and staff in the Stanford community. Students may enroll for credit.

2019-2020 Academic Year