Save the Date - CNI to Present at Bloomberg Midwest Climate Summit (Nov 6, 2020)

Carbon Neutral Indiana was invited to present at the upcoming Midwest Climate Summit on Nov 6, 2020:

"If the 12 states that comprise the Midwest were a country, they would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitting nation on the planet.

On average, Midwest states lag behind the rest of the country on energy efficiency, de-carbonization of the electric sector, transportation electrification, and green building. At the same time, the Midwest is home to states, cities, businesses, institutions, and organizations that are national climate leaders and can serve as models and partners for other Midwest entities to increase ambition and action.

The Midwest has the potential to play an outsized role in the coming critical decade by lowering emissions, creating a thriving green economy, and ensuring a just and equitable transition that does not leave any of our rural, suburban, urban, and indigenous communities behind."

More information below the fold.

Specifics

 

Here's when Carbon Neutral Indiana will be presenting:

Friday, November 6, 2020 from 11:45am-1:00pm EST

11:00-11:10 am EST Welcome and Framing Remarks

11:10-11:45 am EST Keynote Speaker (remarks + brief Q&A)

11:45-1:00 pm EST Concurrent virtual workshops

The topic will be "Outreach that Leads to Action" in the "Outreach & Engagement Track."

Workshop presentations will be streamed in real time; audience participation will be limited, allowing for interaction between the workshop panelists and the audience.

Overview of Midwest Climate Summit

 

"If the twelve states that comprise the Midwest were a country, they would be the fifth largest greenhouse gas emitting nation on the planet. On average, Midwest states lag behind the rest of the country on energy efficiency, de-carbonization of the electric sector, transportation electrification, and green building. At the same time, the Midwest is home to states, cities, businesses, institutions, and organizations that are national climate leaders and can serve as models and partners for other Midwest entities to increase ambition and action. The Midwest has the potential to play an outsized role in the coming critical decade lowering emissions, creating a thriving green economy, and ensuring a just and equitable transition that does not leave any of our rural, suburban, and urban communities behind.

With support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, a partnership of leading Midwestern higher education institutions, non-profits, and local governments are partnering to harness that potential and develop a coordinated Midwestern response to the climate crisis. To that end, the Midwest Climate Summit aims to expand knowledge about climate impacts and solutions in the Midwest, catalyze new partnerships that deepen Midwestern expertise, and accelerate cross-sector climate action. . Through a two-part summit, taking place in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, we will bring together leaders from Midwestern higher education institutions, local governments, the private sector, and non-profits to drive measurable, regional action on climate by leveraging the partnerships, innovations, and talent from each of these sectors.

Over twenty organizations are partnering to plan and host the Midwest Climate Summit, including:

  • Bloomberg Philanthropies (founding partner)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (founding partner)
  • The Ohio State University (founding partner)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Indian Higher Education Consortium
  • City of Columbia, MO
  • City of St. Louis
  • College of Menominee Nation
  • Historically Black College and University Climate Change Coalition
  • Indiana University Bloomington
  • Indiana University – Purdue University – Indianapolis
  • Iowa State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Second Nature
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Urban Sustainability Directors Network
  • Vanderbilt University
  • We Mean Business Coalition

 

In addition to the organizations listed above, experts from a number of additional local governments, institutions, and organizations are serving on the planning committees for the Summit.

The first part of the Midwest Climate Summit will be a virtual series of events – the Think Tank. Taking place in Fall 2020, these events will build partnerships, expand engagement, and focus efforts for accelerating climate action in the Midwest. The Think Tank begins Friday, October 2, 10:00am-12:30pm Central with a high-profile event featuring a keynote speaker followed by four 13-minute TED-style talks and ending with a moderated panel of the featured speakers. Four additional Think Tank sessions will take place October 9, October 23, November 6, and November 20. Each of these sessions will begin with a keynote address, followed by a series of workshops focused on climate action, science and research, teaching and education, and outreach and engagement. The workshops have been thoughtfully planned by the Steering Committee to advance a series of specific objectives and lay the foundation for the Spring 2021 event.

The Fall 2020 virtual series sets the stage for a high-profile Spring 2021 Summit where cross-sector organizations throughout the Midwest will reconvene to announce new tangible climate actions, expanded commitments, and new cross-sector partnerships. The Fall Think Tank will generate momentum and the Spring Summit will serve as a deadline for Midwest entities to return to the table with ratcheted ambition. The Midwest Climate Summit and the partnerships, action, and excitement it generates will lay a strong foundation for lasting, high-impact partnerships as we embark on a critical decade for climate action."

Learn more and register here.