The Ohio State University is a founding member of the Midwest Climate Collaborative, which envisions a carbon neutral, climate resilient, interconnected Midwest region.
Friday, Jan. 28, marks the official launch of the collaborative. Inspired by the Midwest Climate Summit, the collaborative’s mission is to develop a Midwestern response to the climate crisis by accelerating climate solutions, shaping public understanding and developing climate leaders through a partnership with key organizations across the Midwest.
The launch event, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., features remarks from Gina McCarthy, White House national climate advisor; Aimee Witteman, deputy assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs, Department of Energy; and a cross-sector panel of Midwest Climate Collaborative founding member organizations.
Following the launch event, a workshop will focus on efforts to create a Midwest Climate Research Agenda. One of the goals of the Midwest Climate Collaborative is to leverage the power of science and research to accelerate climate work in the Midwest, and the agenda is central to that goal. The agenda aims to synthesize what is already known about climate impacts and solutions in the Midwest; to develop strategies that can inform and accelerate climate mitigation and adaptation in the Midwest during the next 10 years; and to build a network of climate researchers and practitioners across the Midwest to facilitate research collaboration and research translation.
The workshop will include:
- Details on the Midwest Climate Research Agenda
- Overview of research knowledge synthesis
- How Midwest Climate Collaborative member organizations, practitioners, students and postdocs can get involved
- Q & A Session
The launch event is scheduled for 11-1 p.m. with the research agenda workshop to follow from 2 to 3 p.m.
Further details are available on the Midwest Climate Collaborative’s events webpage.