White House Forum on Campus and Community-Scale Climate Change Solutions

Wednesday, March 08, 2023 at 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Virtual Event

On March 8, 2023, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the University of Washington will convene U.S. Government officials with climate, sustainability, and resilience leaders and educators from colleges and universities—including MIT—for a virtual forum. These stakeholders will showcase how innovative ideas and actions can advance climate change efforts on college campuses while benefitting the surrounding communities and beyond.

The discussions will include:

  • Making campuses more sustainable and resilient, including pathways to demonstrating net-zero emissions;
  • Ensuring that students have the knowledge and skills to lead in the clean industries of tomorrow and to plan, deploy, and maintain the climate-smart infrastructure needed;
  • Providing climate information services to states, municipalities, and indigenous communities; and

Serving as proving grounds for new climate solutions and strategies to bring them into the innovation ecosystem.

Speakers will include:
Sally Benson – Deputy Director for Energy, OSTP
Mary Frances Repko – Deputy National Climate Advisor, White House
Alexandra Isern – Assistant Director for Geosciences, NSF
Laura Petes – Chief of Staff for Climate & Environment and Assistant Director for Climate Resilience, OSTP
Maya Tolstoy – Dean of the College of the Environment, University of Washington
College and University panelists will include:
Matt St. Clair, University of California System (Moderator)
Jennifer Haverkamp, University of Michigan
Chris Caldwell, College of Menominee Nation
Julie Newman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Randi Thomas, Miami University
Peter Dorhout, Iowa State University
Todd Crowl, Florida International University (Moderator)
Erika Bailey-Johnson, Bemidji State University
Robert Kopp, Rutgers University
Robert Bullard, Texas Southern University
Lara Skinner, Cornell University
Erica Fleishman, Oregon State University
U.S. Government panelists will include:
Costa Samaras, OSTP
Caitlin Simpson, NOAA
Julian Reyes, USDA
David Nemtzow, DOE
Anjuli Bamzai, NSF

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