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The 2018 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit will take place on June 15. We are excited to announce this year's theme and keynote speaker.

In 2018, the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit will continue to explore new and promising areas of environmental sustainability, while also taking a deeper look at the issue of resilience. We will explore how other regions across the nation are adapting to climate change and other environmental challenges and those in the process of creating resilient cities. To underscore this point, the keynote speaker this year is Katharine Hayhoe. Hayhoe is a prominent climate scientist experienced in untangling the complex science and tackling many long-held misconceptions about global warming. Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, Hayhoe’s current focus is on modeling regional to local impacts of climate change, and how we can fix this together using many of the solutions already in our backyards.

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Highlights for this year’s Summit:

  • A keynote address by Katharine Hayhoe;
  • A plenary session featuring Katharine Hayhoe and Resilience Officers from peer regions who are participating in the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities program;
  • A lunchtime awards ceremony honoring regional organizations who have successfully incorporated sustainability into their operations;
  • Breakout sessions and workshops where attendees can dive deeper into issues such as sustainable business practices, emerging opportunities in green jobs, food waste reduction, local food access, green infrastructure for stormwater management, the Green Cincinnati Plan and efforts to prepare our region for changes in climate and weather patterns .
  • Each year, we seek to widen the table for discussion around the issue of environmental sustainability. We bring together a broad audience of professionals who seek to engage in thoughtful discussion, share best practices, celebrate the work that is currently being done in sustainability throughout the Midwest and identify areas for future regional collaboration. We invite all who are interested to join us on June 15 and be ready to deepen your understanding and expand your network.


    Our Keynote Speaker: Katharine Hayhoe

    Katharine Hayhoe is an accomplished scientist who studies climate change and why it matters to us here and now. Her PBS Digital Series “Global Weirding,” now in its second season, tackles tough questions at the intersection of climate, politics, and faith. A remarkable communicator, Katharine has been recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, by Foreign Policy as one of their 100 global thinkers; by POLITICO, as one of their thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics, and most recently by FORTUNE, as one of the world’s greatest leaders.

    Katharine is a professor of Political Science and directs the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She currently serves as a lead author for the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Climate Science Special Report and the Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment, and has over 120 peer-reviewed publications on climate science, impacts, and communication. Her research currently focuses on establishing a scientific basis for assessing the regional to local-scale impacts of climate change on human systems and the natural environment. To this end, she analyzes observations, compares future scenarios, evaluates global and regional climate models, builds and assesses statistical downscaling models, and constantly strives to develop better ways of translating climate projections into information relevant to agriculture, ecosystems, energy, infrastructure, public health, and water resources.

    She is also the founder and CEO of ATMOS Research, which bridges the gap between scientists and stakeholders to provide relevant, state-of-the-art information on how climate change will affect our lives to a broad range of non-profit, industry and government clients. She holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois.

    Partners for the Summit:

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    (Student ID required at door)

    $15 Early Bird

    $20 after May 15

    All day entry,
    networking coffee 

    and lunch provided

    $45 Early Bird

    $55 after May 15

    All day entry,
    networking coffee 

    and lunch provided

    $65 Early Bird

    $75 after May 15

    All day entry,
    networking coffee 

    and lunch provided

    NEW Green Umbrella Members
    (Includes 1 year individual membership)

    $80 Early Bird

    $90 after May 15

    All day entry,
    networking coffee 

    and lunch provided

    Sponsors for the Summit

    Keynote Sponsor

    The Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier University is dedicated to providing space and opportunity for dialogue about the critical issues of our age. It is founded upon the belief that the paths that lead to solutions to our most serious problems will emerge out of dialogue. Interreligious dialogue remains the distinguishing characteristic and integrating factor but in order to truly address the critical issues, the conversation must also include the other academic disciplines, representatives from the business community, government and civic society. The work of the center includes conferences, research and publications, and interfaith and inter-religious activities as well as exploring new forms of collaborative engagement on issues of religious, social and cultural diversity, social and economic justice, ecological sustainability, and local and global responsibility.

    Green Sponsors

    Louis and Louise Nippert established the L&L Nippert Charitable Foundation in 1981 to provide financial assistance to worthy organizations who provided charitable activities and services. The Board of Trustees of the L&L Nippert Charitable Foundation remain committed to Mr. and Mrs. Nippert’s charitable mission by awarding grants to organizations that the Nipperts supported during their lifetimes. These organizations represent areas that include, but are not limited to, the cultural arts, education, environment and health.

    Sustainability Sponsor

    Building a Smarter Energy Future

    Conservation Sponsor

    Life-cycle Sponsors

    Stewardship Sponsors

    Learn more about our sponsorship opportunities here.

    Venue Location

    Xavier University
    Schiff Conference Center
    Cincinnati, OH, 45207

    (513) 541-1538

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