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.

Check back for details about our complete program, which will include:

Morning Breakout: Extreme Weather Preparedness

Cincinnati’s weather is getting warmer, wetter, and wilder. That means flooded homes and businesses, and medical emergencies for our most vulnerable neighbors and family members. And we’ve got it good compared to coastal communities and hot dry regions.

  • What can cities, businesses and residents do to lessen the impact of weather on their bottom line?
  • What opportunities are there to improve communities through weather preparedness planning?
  • What kinds of planning should municipalities be focusing on?
  • Lessons learned from a local business that has been impacted.
  • Morning Breakout: Green Cincinnati Plan

    What are Cincinnati’s top strategies to reduce our carbon footprint? At the 2016 Summit, Paul Hawken presented DRAWDOWN – the 100 hundred most effective strategies to reverse global warming. Since that time, the Cincinnati community has been busy preparing the Green Cincinnati Plan – our roadmap to build a more sustainable, equitable, resilient future for our city. Applying the Drawdown thinking, we will discuss Cincinnati’s plan to reduce our carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, focusing on the highest impact recommendations. We invite you to be a part of the conversation as we move from plan to action.

    Morning Breakout: Growing Sustainable Jobs and Infrastructures in a Green World

    Cincinnati wants to build the largest municipally-sponsored solar panel project in Ohio. We hear discussions about wind power, converting waste into energy, resilient landscapes, and the green building industry. It seems green collar jobs are the way of the future, but how can the blue collar man get involved? And what do small businesses need to do to get the green job sector? This workshop will focus on the changes taking place and how small businesses and employers are using emerging technologies and ideas to grow their business and employee base.

    Morning Breakout: Food Waste Reduction

    The U.S. spends $218 billion a year, growing, processing, transporting, and disposing of food that is never eaten; while 1 in 7 individuals is food insecure. Gaps in the food system process have been identified, generating opportunities for resilient solutions. Join us for a discussion on how businesses, both big and small, are innovating through partnerships and reaping economic value in preventing, recovering, and recycling wasted food.


    Sustainability Awards Ceremony

    Plenary Session

    Afternoon Breakout: Building Regional Resilience

    Building regional resilience requires new ways of thinking and cooperating across sectors. What role do private-public partnerships play, and what strategies can help them be effective, transparent, efficient, and equitable? Learn from the challenges and successes of peer cities in this discussion where we dive deeper into the plenary panel conversation.

    Afternoon Breakout: Local Food: How individuals, institutions, farmers, and food entrepreneurs can plug into Greater Cincinnati’s local food economy

    Learn about how you can engage in current efforts aimed at doubling the production and consumption of food grown within our region. In this session, you’ll have a chance hear from Green Umbrella’s Local Food Action Team about measures of success so far, then break into small groups to discuss resources and strategies for individuals, institutions, farmers, and food entrepreneurs to grow the local food economy. This will be facilitated as an open space session where the discussion will be driven by those present in the room, but possible topics include:

  • how to find locally grown food in Greater Cincinnati;
  • tips to shift 10% of your food budget to local food;
  • a one-stop-shop for institutions to purchase local food in quantities needed while supporting multiple local farmers and food artisans;
  • how farmers and food entrepreneurs can access land for growing, training for food safety regulations, and opportunities for direct-to-consumer and wholesale sales.

    Afternoon Breakout: Just How Sustainable is your Business?

    Sustainability is transforming the way many businesses operate today, and can help achieve the triple bottom line that many businesses seek with planet, people, and profit. Business owners who understand how to incorporate green initiatives and sustainability are saving time, energy and money. How can a small business owner benefit from a new way of operating? What resources and tools are available? Learn from current businesses, big and small, that are doing what they can to be as green as possible, how they are incorporating resiliency into their sustainability plans, and how all of it is good for business.

    Sustainability Awards Reception