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 Summit is the result of extensive collaboration between over 20 leading higher education institutions, local governments, non-profits, and private sector organizations.
We are dedicated to accelerating action in four interrelated areas: climate action, outreach & engagement, science & research, and teaching & education.
Climate Stories Contest
This art competition calls upon students to tell the stories of climate change in the Midwest and how it is impacting themselves or their communities.
While the Summit fall series came to a close, all five plenary sessions and twelve workshops were recorded and are available to all in replay (with closed-captions).
Featured Past Speakers
Mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota
Climate Action Workshop
Internal medicine physician
Science and Research Workshop
Social-ecological systems scientist
Teaching and Education Workshop
Human ecologist and environmental sociologist
Outreach and Engagement Workshop
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 email@example.com.