Featured Speakers

Gina McCarthy

White House National Climate Advisor

Aimee Witteman

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of Energy (DOE)

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.

Our Work

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

Featured Past Speakers


Mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota

Climate Action Workshop

Laalitha Surapaneni

Internal medicine physician

Science and Research Workshop


Social-ecological systems scientist

Teaching and Education Workshop

Tom Dietz

Human ecologist and environmental sociologist

Outreach and Engagement Workshop

Andrew Wishnia

U.S. Department of Transportation

Deputy Assistant Secretary

Janet McCabe

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Deputy Administrator

Carla Frisch

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Policy

Principal Deputy Director

Sonia Aggarwal

The White House

Senior Adviser for Climate Policy and Innovation

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.