Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Bigger Change Faster: Integrated Development, Health, and Environment Actions for a Sustainable Future

Date and Time
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 1201 Eye St, NW 12th Floor Conference Center Washington, DC 20005


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From climate change to malnutrition, poverty to biodiversity loss, air pollution to humanitarian crises—the problems facing our world today are deeply interconnected. Holistic initiatives to address these challenges, notably the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are becoming more common. But efforts siloed within the development, health, or environment communities remain the norm.

This seminar discusses the findings of the Bridge Collaborative-UN Development Programme report, Bigger Change Faster: Integrated Development, Health, and Environment Actions for a Sustainable Future, that describes actions to accelerate cross-sectoral solutions.

This event is co-organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute, The Nature Conservancy, PATH, and Duke University.


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Report Overview

  • Overview of Bridge Collaborative and introduction to the Bigger Change Faster report co-authored by Bridge and UNDPJosh Goldstein, Bridge Collaborative Director, The Nature Conservancy

Case Studies

  • The role of gender for transformative change in food and water systemsElizabeth Bryan, Senior Scientist, Environment and Production Technology Division IFPRI
  • Alternative proteins to improve health, development and environmental outcomes under the Transforming Food System ChallengeKatharine Kreis, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Lead for Nutrition Innovation, PATH; Secretariat Member, Bridge Collaborative
  • Understanding variability in benefits from rural energy access for the Low-Carbon and Clean Air ChallengeLydia Olander, Director, Ecosystem Services Program, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University; Secretariat Member, Bridge Collaborative



  • Claudia Ringler, Deputy Division Director, Environment and Production Technology Division, IFPRI; Secretariat Member, Bridge Collaborative

Light lunch available at 11:45 a.m. Event begins promptly at 12:15 p.m.