The Midwest Climate Collaborative envisions a carbon neutral, climate resilient, interconnected Midwest region.

Our Mission

To facilitate the development of a coherent Midwestern response to the climate crisis through acceleration of climate action, knowledge generation, and leader development led by a cross-sector collaboration of key organizations throughout the Midwest.

Our Staff

Director – Heather B. Navarro

Post-doctoral student – Abigail Aderonmu

Program/Operations Manager – Kevin Hahn

High Level Goals

Accelerate Climate Solutions

Shape Public Understanding and Policy

Leverage the Power of Science & Research

Develop Climate Leaders

Develop an Effective Collaborative

The vision, mission, and goals for the collaborative were shaped by meaningful interaction of over 20 major Midwest institutions and organizations through extensive engagement beginning in March 2020 and progressing through the Fall 2020 Midwest Climate Summit Think Tank Series. Following the Think Tank Series, the partners held a series of reflection and strategy meetings to craft objectives and strategies for the Midwest Climate Collaborative, which launched on January 28, 2022.


Current Primary Projects

Annual Overarching Structure

  • Midwest-wide Climate Research Agenda
  • Asset Map and Interactive Database of Midwestern Climate Work
  • Climate Ambassadors Program
  • Educator Community of Practice
  • Student-focused Midwest Climate and Sustainability Conference
  • Climate Commitments
  • Annual In-Person Network Meeting Alongside Annual Midwest Climate Summit with Rotating Location
  • Topical and Regional Interest Working Groups/Pop-up Events
  • Monthly/Quarterly Virtual Relationship Building Meetings
  • Regularly Scheduled Steering Committee Meetings

MCC Launch Founding Members – January 26, 2023

MCC Members

Academy of Science – St. Louis
American Lung Association
Ann Arbor, MI
Brentwood, MO
Building Energy Exchange Kansas City
Building Energy Exchange St. Louis
Capital Area Regional Planning Commission
Carleton College
Carmel, Indiana
Case Western Reserve University
Clayton, MO
Climate Central
Climate Action KC
Columbus, Ohio
Delta Institute
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Earth Charter, Indiana
Evanston, Illinois
Indiana University
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
Iowa State University
Kansas City, Missouri
Loyola University of Chicago
Missouri Botanical Garden
Missouri Historical Society
MOST Policy Initiative
Naperville, IL
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
Northland College
Northwestern University
Principia College
Renew Missouri
St. Louis, Missouri
Saint Louis Science Center
Saint Louis Zoo
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
The Nature Conservancy in Illinois
The Nature Conservancy, Nebraska Program
Northland College
The Ohio State University
University of Chicago
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
University of Michigan
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability
Urban Land Institute – St. Louis
U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter
Washington University in St. Louis