If the 12 states that comprise the Midwest were a country, they would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitting nation on the planet.

On average, Midwest states lag behind the rest of the country on energy efficiency, de-carbonization of the electric sector, transportation electrification, and green building. At the same time, the Midwest is home to states, cities, businesses, institutions, and organizations that are national climate leaders and can serve as models and partners for other Midwest entities to increase ambition and action.

The Midwest has the potential to play an outsized role in the coming critical decade by lowering emissions, creating a thriving green economy, and ensuring a just and equitable transition that does not leave any of our rural, suburban, urban, and indigenous communities behind.


The Midwest Climate Summit is the result of extensive collaboration between over 20 leading Midwest higher education institutions, local governments, non-profits, and private sector organizations.

Our Work

We are dedicated to accelerating action in four interrelated areas: climate action, outreach & engagement, science & research, and teaching & education.

Featured Speakers


Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the US Youth Climate Strike

Katharine Wilkinson

Author, strategist, teacher, and editor-in-chief at Project Drawdown


Father of Environmental Justice

Chris Caldwell

President of College of Menominee Nation and Director of Sustainable Development Institute

Heather McTeer Toney

National Field Director for Moms Clean Air Force

Founding Partners

Summit Partners

If your organization would like to get involved and/or support our work to develop a more coordinated Midwest response to the climate crisis, please contact climatesummit@wustl.edu.