Indianapolis to Host 2024 Midwest Climate Summit at IUPUI

Award-winning activist and author Leah Thomas, founder of Intersectional Environmentalist, will provide the keynote address April 1, 2024 INDIANAPOLIS — The 2024 Midwest Climate Summit is a two-and-a-half day, cross-sector gathering of climate leaders, researchers, students, and professionals focused on expanding knowledge as well as accelerating climate action and catalyzing new partnerships for an equitable Midwestern response to […]

Chicago Region Trees Initiative Opens Applications for Urban Forestry IRA Sub-Grants

—Illinois government entities can apply now— LISLE, Ill. (Dec. 6, 2023)—The Morton Arboretum’s Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) is accepting applications now through early 2024 for competitive sub-grants totaling $6.86 million for government entities in disadvantaged Illinois communities to improve their urban tree canopy. The sub-grants are provided through Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) funding to […]

Leah Thomas to open 2024 Midwest Climate Summit

We are excited to announce that Leah Thomas, founder of the Intersectional Environmentalist and author of The Intersectional Environmentalist: How to Dismantle Systems of Oppression to Protect People + Planet will open the 2024 Midwest Climate Summit in Indianapolis on Wednesday, April 3 as our keynote speaker. Leah Thomas is a celebrated environmentalist based in […]

Midwest Climate Summit brings together diverse groups for a cleaner future (Links to an external site)

When I visit my family in Illinois, I’m greeted by my “favorite” discussion: “You heard about those activists, right? They keep trying to push that nonsense about climate change, but science shows we’re just on the verge of another Ice Age. It’s just a weather pattern, nothing more.”

In the Midwest, I’ve spent many afternoons trying to convince my grandparents and some community members that carbon emissions are a real, serious concern.

Thankfully, attending the first in-person Midwest Climate Summit hosted by the Midwest Climate Collaborative at Washington University in St. Louis reaffirmed that there are, in fact, community and industry leaders in the Midwest who are passionate about climate action, contrary to the above-average Midwestern climate-denying tendencies.

US EPA Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe to join Midwest Climate Summit

Deputy Administrator McCabe has an extensive background in clean air, environmental health, and climate justice. She served with the EPA under President Obama for seven years, working as Acting Assistant Administrator and Principal Deputy to the Assistant Administrator in the Office of Air and Radiation. Prior to rejoining EPA, Janet McCabe was a Professor of Practice at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law and Director of the IU Environmental Resilience Institute, where she started as Assistant Director for Policy and Implementation in 2017. She will be addressing how Midwestern communities can equitably build resiliency and mitigate climate change, including opportunities presented through federal funding and programs. 

Dr. Washington to speak at Midwest Climate Summit

Dr. Syliva Hood Washington

Dr. Washington will address the Midwest Climate Summit in February 2023. She is a highly accomplished and successful environmental epidemiologist, environmental engineer, and environmental historian with over 40 years of research and field experience working on the impact of fossil fuel-generated pollution on human health and ecosystems using qualitative and quantitative analyses. 

Midwest Climate Collaborative Launches (Links to an external site)

UW-Madison, together with more than 15 partners across the region, launched the Midwest Climate Collaborative on Jan. 28 . . . Director Heather Navarro shares how agriculture and other key Midwestern industries are a part of that conversation.

“Collective support and solidarity”: Student Systems Conference unites Midwestern universities for climate action (Links to an external site)

Last year, Natalie Tinsen represented UW–Madison at the Midwest Climate Summit, a collaboration amongst “higher education, non-profit, corporate, and government leaders” to find ways to hasten climate action in the region. At the virtual event, Tinsen, who was then the Sustainability Chair for Associated Students of Madison, met Maddie Miller, who held the same position on the student government board at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

University of Wisconsin-Madison joins the MCC as a co-founder (Links to an external site)

Nergard, Missy

f you only read the national news, you could be excused for thinking that climate change is solely a coastal problem. While hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, freak snowstorms on the East Coast and wildfires in the West grab the headlines, the flyover country in the Midwest faces its own set of challenges. Thirty local governments, academic institutions and nonprofits from the space between the Appalachians and the Great Plains have joined together to create the Midwest Climate Collaborative.

Midwest Climate Collaborative Launches (Links to an external site)

In fall 2020, Washington University in St. Louis led the charge in planning and convening the Midwest Climate Summit. The summit and its accompanying think tank session were cross-sector, high-level discussions involving a key group of organizations with a shared commitment to advancing climate ambition in the Midwest.

The U.S. Fight Against Climate Change Has to Start at Its Center: The Midwest (Links to an external site)

Dan Hughes grows corn, wheat, pinto beans, millet, and yellow peas on his family farm near Venango, a tiny town on the far western edge of Nebraska. “Since I can remember,” said Hughes, a serious, bespectacled man in his mid-60s, “the weather has always been paramount in our family and our livelihood.” That weather has been causing a great deal of trouble for Nebraska farmers of late . . .