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April 2014

A Guide to the New Climate Change Committee

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By Karen Lockridge, FCIA

The March (e)Bulletin announced the creation of the CIA Committee on Climate Change and Sustainability. This article provides further information about the committee.

  • Formation – The creation of the committee was approved by the Member Services Council (MSC) during its meeting of February 25. As the CIA member who proposed it, I am serving as interim chair until the full initial membership is approved by the MSC at its June meeting.
  • Mandate – A draft mandate has been approved by the MSC and is posted on the CIA website. It will be subject to review and revision by the committee once the membership has been approved by the MSC. It was developed taking into consideration the mandates of similar committees of other actuarial organizations, including the:
    • International Actuarial Association Resource and Environment Working Group;
    • Society of Actuaries International Working Group on Actuarial Sciences and Sustainability;
    • Casualty Actuarial Society Climate Change Committee, and the Climate Index Working Group; and
    • Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Resource and Environment Member Interest Group.
  • Membership – A call for volunteers was issued via e-mail on March 7 to members on the CIA Volunteer Applicant Registry. If any other members are interested in applying to serve on this committee, please do so online (on the committee’s web page—log into the members site and then navigate to it under Organization) by May 14.
  • Initial Call – An initial conference call involving interested members was held on April 17. This was an introductory call to review the CIA strategic plan, the draft mandate of the committee, related actuarial activity, 2014 objectives, and the upcoming CIA Annual Meeting.
  • Next Steps – We are hoping to schedule a session at the CIA Annual Meeting in June to provide an update on this new committee, as well as to provide members a chance to share their views and provide input. However, this has not yet been confirmed.

If you have any further questions or comments on this committee, feel free to contact me at

Karen Lockridge is Interim Chair of the Committee on Climate Change and Sustainability.


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