2020 Midwest Climate Summit Think Tank

October 2, 2020 - November 20,2020

The Fall 2020 Think Tank program was organized around topic areas: Science & Research; Teaching & Education; Climate Action; and Outreach & Engagement. The Think Tank aimed to:

  • Engage leaders and decision-makers from multiple sectors
  • Provide content focused on advancing understanding of climate impacts in the Midwest and promoting existing and emerging best practices
  • Cultivate ideas and partnerships that will help organizations accelerate climate action

Kick-Off Session, Hosted on October 2, 2020


  • Robert Bullard – “Building a Just, Fair and Equitable Society in the Era of Climate Change”
  • Chris Caldwell – “Situational Awareness: Addressing Climate Solutions in the Midwest”
  • Katharine Wilkinson – “Transformational Leadership for the Climate Crisis”
  • Heather McTeer Toney – “Lord Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise: Collaborative solutions for facing the climate crisis”
  • Isra Hirsi – “Creating a People’s Movement”

Session 2, Hosted on October 9, 2020

“The Future of Extreme Climate Events in the Midwest”


Session 3, Hosted on October 23, 2020

“Ambition, Economics, and a Just Transition in the Midwest”



Climate Action Workshop: “Building Cross-Sector Partnerships to Accelerate Action”

Outreach and Engagement Workshop: “Building New Partnerships: Finding Common Ground for Successful Climate Action”

Science and Research Workshop: “Climate Solutions in Public Health and Communities”

Teaching and Education Workshop: “Teaching Climate Across the Curriculum”

Session 4, Hosted on November 6, 2020

“Education for Resilience: Letting Mother Earth Teach Us”



Climate Action Workshop: “Planning for a Resilient Future”

Outreach and Engagement Workshop: “Actions Speak Louder than Words – Moving Discussions Towards Solutions“

Science and Research Workshop: “Agriculture as a Climate Solution”

Teaching and Education Workshop: “From Campus to Community: Educating Today’s Climate Experts”

Session 5, Hosted on November 20, 2020

“Communicating the Crisis: Should We Just Change the Subject”