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Midwest Climate Summit
October 2, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CDTFree
The Midwest Climate Summit aims to expand climate knowledge, accelerate climate action and catalyze new partnerships that deepen expertise and develop a midwestern response to the climate crisis.
With support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, a group of over twenty leading Midwestern higher education institutions, non-profits, local governments, and businesses are partnering with the goal to develop a coordinated Midwestern response to the climate crisis. Through a two-part summit, taking place in fall 2020 and spring 2021, we will bring together leading Midwestern organizations from various sectors to drive measurable, regional action on climate change by leveraging the partnerships, innovations, and talent from each of these sectors.
The two-part Midwest Climate Summit will launch the Midwest Climate Collaborative: A collective movement to accelerate climate action in the Midwest by creating evidence, catalyzing action, informing public knowledge and public policy, and developing the future leaders needed to sustain and expand this work.
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 fall 2020 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 through the Midwest Climate Collaborative as we embark on a critical decade for climate action.