Panel Sessions

A New vision: Reimagining the Climate for Climate Solutions

Presenters

Crystal Chissell, Senior Director - Partnerships at Project Drawdown

David Anderson Hooker, Associate Professor of the Practice of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding

Barbara J. Love, Consultant, Coach, Author, lecturer, Climate Change Activist, Personal & Organizational Transformation Specialist

Asad Rehman, Executive Director, War on Want

Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Co-Director, Justice Funders

Richard Mabion, Community Organizer, Climate Activist

Advancing Urban Heat Resilience

This session will explore the current state and innovations in planning, design, and governance for urban heat, including a survey of U.S. planners and review of municipal plans. Attendees will gain insight into challenges and opportunities in research and practice to advance urban heat resilience.

Presenters

Ladd Keith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Planning and Sustainable Built Environments, University of Arizona

Sara Meerow, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University

Session Moderated by Hunter Jones, Master of Env. Management, Climate and Health Project Manager, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

V. Kelly Turner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles

Session Organized by Ladd Keith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Planning and Sustainable Built Environments, University of Arizona

After COVID-19, What? Community Colleges from 4 U.S. Regions Respond

This session will be a continuation of a recent NCSE Essay about refocusing the mission of community colleges towards Nature instead of Workforce. Data shows how students have been impacted and how COVID-19 has increased interest in climate change, which must be moved from the margin to the center of college functions.

Presenters

Maria Boccalandro, Ph.D., Director of Sustainability and Programs, Dallas College-Cedar Valley Campus

Stephen Summers, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Seminole State College of Florida

Session Moderated by Marianella Franklin, Chief Sustainability Officer, University of Texas in Rio Grande Valley

Robert Franco, Ph.D., Director, Office for Institutional Effectiveness, Kapi'olani Community College, University of Hawai’i

Nancy Lee Wood, Ph.D., Profession and Coordinator SSP, Bristol Community College

Session Organized by Maria Boccalandro, Ph.D., Director of Sustainability and Programs, Dallas College-Cedar Valley Campus

Building a Global and Intersectional Environmental Narrative

Presenters

Marina Melanidis, Founder and Partnerships Director, Youth4Nature

Isaias Hernandez, Environmental Educator and Creator, QueerBrownVegan

Kate Weiner, Creative Director, Loam

David Hernández Palmar, Filmmaker and Film Programmer, If Not Us Than Who

Matt Scott, Manager - Storytelling and Engagement, Project Drawdown

Clover Hogan, Founder and Executive Director, Force of Nature

Kynan Tegar, Filmmaker, If Not Us Than Who, Dayak Iban tribe from Sungai Utik, West Kalimantan

Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti, Founder, Green Generation Initiative

Business Disruption, COVID-19, and Climate: Impacts of Disasters on Resilience

This session highlights research across NIST and NOAA’s RISA programs exploring the complexity of climate resilience for small and medium enterprises in the COVID-19 context. We will discuss the importance of longitudinal research that takes into account regional and social differences and the challenges of research in shifting conditions.

Presenters

Tamara Wall, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Western Regional Climate Center, Desert Research Institute

Michelle Meyer, Ph.D., Director of the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, Texas A & M

Claudia Nierenberg, Division Chief, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Session Moderated and Organized by Ariela Zycherman, Ph.D., Social Scientist/ Program Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Eleanor Davis, Doctoral Candidate, University of South Carolina

Jennifer Helgeson, Ph.D., Economist, National Institute of Standard and Technology

Kristin Vandermolen, Ph.D, Assistant Research Professor, Desert Research Institute

COVID-19 in Indian Country: Challenges and Innovations

This session will illustrate the concurrent impacts of COVID-19 and climate change on Native and Indigenous communities and highlight resilience resulting from weaving native wisdom and western science to produce a shared understanding of the integral relationships of humans, climate and nature.

Presenters

James Rattling Leaf, Ph.D., Climate Partnership Coordinator, Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance, North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

Vicki Hebb, Extension Agent, Cooperative Extension, University of Nevada, Reno

Session Moderated and Organized by Maureen McCarthy, Ph.D., Research Professor, Desert Research Institute

Kyle Bocinsky, Ph.D., Director, Research Institute, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Climate Change Indicators for Agriculture: Understanding Risks and Impacts (C)

This session will focus on data sets for tracking, understanding, and managing the effects of changing temperatures and water availability on agriculture in the United States and describe results from a new USDA technical report on climate indicators for agriculture.

Presenters

Lawrence Buja, Ph.D., Director of Strategic Initiatives, University of Nevada, Reno

Peter Backlund, M.A., Associate Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University

Session Moderated by Margaret Walsh, Ph.D., Senior Ecologist, Office of Energy and Environmental Policy, USDA

Arthur Degaetano, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Northeast Regional Climate Center, Cornell University

Session Organized by Peter Backlund, M.A., Associate Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University

Climate Opportunities: Finding Your Path Within the Climate Movement

Presenters

Elizabeth Bagley, Director - Drawdown Learn at Project Drawdown

Bill Wiehl, Founder and Executive Director for Climate Voice

Jackie Francis, Founder, Global Warming Mitigation Project

Matt Scott, Manager - Storytelling and Engagement at Project Drawdown

Evan Hynes, Founder, Climate Base

Vivian Saxon, Communications Director and Founder, Global Warming Mitigation Project

Fernanda Matsuoka, Chief Operating Officer, Youth Climate Leaders

Colorado River Sustainability: Epicenter of Science, Environment, and Policy

After enduring a crippling 20-year drought in the Colorado River basin, stakeholders, including states, U.S. and Mexican governments, Native American tribes, and non-governmental organizations, are finding new and innovative ways to sustain the River. This panel will address those efforts.

Presenters

Brad Udall, J.D., Senior Water & Climate Scientist/Scholar, Colorado Water Center, Colorado State University

T. Daryl Vigil, Jicarilla Apache, Jemez Pueblo, Zia Peublo, Co-Director Water & Tribes in the Colorado River Basin

Session Moderated and Organized by Jennifer Gimbel, J.D., Senior Water Policy Scholar, Colorado Water Center; Colorado State University

Ted Kowalski, J.D., Colorado River Initiate Lead and Senior Program Officer, Walton Family Foundation

Communicating in Crisis: Sharing Research Related to COVID-19

What have we learned about science communication from the COVID-19 pandemic? The panelists will discuss efforts to share research and expertise related to the pandemic and what they teach us about how to communicate science to decision makers and the public in a time of crisis.

Presenters

Diana Brazzell, Co-founder & Executive Editor, Footnote

Elyse Aurbach, Ph.D., Public Engagement Lead at the Center for Academic Innovation, University of Michigan

Session Moderated and Organized by Diana Brazzell, Co-founder & Executive Editor, Footnote

Mónica Feliú-Mójer, Ph.D., Director of Communications and Science Outreach, Ciencia Puerto Rico

Decision Tools for Systems-of-Systems Approaches to Environmental Security

Policy- and decision-makers need to identify solutions that ensure population health and security to climate risks. This session will discuss tools for examining how climate effects impact the performance of critical infrastructure and services and identifying solutions to improve their resilience.

Presenters

Jenn Richkus, Environmental Science Researcher and Strategist, MITRE

Ken Harrison, Ph.D., Operations Research Analyst, NIST Community Resilience Group

Session Moderated by Mike Gremillion, Col USAF Ret, Director of the Center for Global Water Security at The University of Alabama

Alex Schlichting, Ph.D, Energy & Environment Research Engineer, MITRE

Session Organized by Victoria Gammino, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Global Health, MITRE; and Alex Schlichting, Ph.D, Energy & Environment Research Engineer, MITRE

Drawdown’s System of Solutions Helps Achieve the SDGs

Presenters

Chad Frischmann, Senior Director of Research and Technology, Project Drawdown

Kevin Bayuk, Senior Fellow - Financial Modeling at Project Drawdown

João Pedro Gouveia, Senior Researcher at Project Drawdown and CENSE, NOVA, University of Lisbon; and Board Member, DERA

Mamta Mehra, Senior Fellow - Land Use and Research Program Officer at Project Drawdown

Ryan Allard, Skilled, Entrepreneurial Researcher and Speaker on Climate Solutions

Miranda Gorman, Senior Fellow - Industry at Project Drawdown

Ending Climate Silence: mainstreaming climate solutions in the media

Presenters

Genevieve Guenther, Founder and Director, End Climate Silence

Jeff Berardelli, Meteorologist and Climate Contributor to CBS News, New York City

Mark Hertsgaard, Executive Director, Covering Climate Now

Katharine Hayhoe, Political Science Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law, co-director of the Climate Center at Texas Tech University

Aruna Chandrasekhar, Independent Journalist and writer from India

Energy Solutions: Electricity, Buildings, and Transportation, Implementing the Decarbonization Transition

Presenters

Dan Kammen, Professor and Director for the Center for Environmental Policy and the department of Nuclear Engineering at University of California, Berkeley

Tom Richard, Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Director of Penn State Institutes for Energy and the Environment Bioenergy and Bioresource Engineering

João Pedro Gouveia, Senior Researcher at Project Drawdown and CENSE, NOVA, University of Lisbon; and Board Member, DERA

Shalanda Baker, Professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University and Co-Founder and Co-Director, Initiative for Energy Justice

Evolution of California's Scientific Response in the Wake of a Pandemic

Researchers are collaborating in innovative ways to help detect, monitor, track, and eliminate the spread of COVID-19. This panel will explore topics including: What have we learned about the state-level response to the virus? Do decision makers have access to readily available science they need?

Presenters

Kate Gordon, Director, California Governor's Office of Planning and Research

Susan Bonilla, CEO, California Pharmacists Association and Former CA Assemblywoman

Session Moderated by Amber Mace, Ph.D., Executive Director, California Council on Science and Technology

Christopher Cabaldon, Former Mayor, West Sacramento, CA

Andy McIlroy, Ph.D.,Integrated Security Solutions Associate Labs Director, Sandia National Laboratories

Session Organized by Sarah Brady, Ph.D., Deputy Director, California Council on Science and Technology

From Production to Consumption- Solutions for a Circular Economy

Presenters

Miranda Gorman, Senior Fellow - Industry at Project Drawdown

Senorpe Asem-Hiablie, Assistant Research Professor, Penn State

Durwood Zelke, President of the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

Yoni Shiran, Industrial Systems and Business Model Manager, SYSTEMIQ

Silpa Kaza, Urban Development Specialist, World Bank

Maxime Begard, Director of the Paris Office for the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

Inspiring Private-sector Action

Presenters

Jamie Alexander, Director of Drawdown Labs at Project Drawdown

Scott Tew, Vice President, Sustainability & Managing Director, Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Trane Technologies

Anna Escuer, Lead for Carbon & Water. Global Sustainability Team, Google

Elouise Mayall, Community Working Group; UKYCC (UK Youth Climate Coalition)

Joining the Drawdown Global Collaborative

Presenters

Chad Frischmann, Senior Director of Research & Technology, Project Drawdown

Michelle Wyman, Executive Director of NCSE Speaking about the NCSE Drawdown USA Research Association

Shloka Nath, Head of Sustainability, Tata Trusts, Head of Policy & Advocacy, Tata Trusts, Executive Director, India Climate Collaborative

Drawdown Fellows - Ariani Wartenberg, Melanie Valencia, Abdulmutalib Yussuff, Karthik Mukkavilli, Jimena Alvarez, Ruth Metzel, Robin Pelc, Luiz Silveira

Roy Straver, Drawdown Europe Research Association and Co-Director of the Climate Cleanup Foundation

Marilyn Brown, Interim Chair, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology speaking on behalf of Drawdown Georgia

Drawdown Scholars - Christopher Contos, Gabbie Batzko, James Sanders, Dharma Santos-Santiago, and Kat (Kristen) Taylor

Key Competencies in Sustainability – Areas of Convergence and Next Steps

A key question for employers, students, educators, and administrators is what competencies sustainability programs develop in students. We present results from research addressing this question: convergence on key competencies in sustainability and its implication for curriculum design and careers.

Presenters

Christopher Boone, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures, Arizona State University

Katja Brundiers, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures, Arizona State University

Session Moderated by Rod Parnell, Ph.D., Professor Earth Sci & Environ Sustainability, Northern Arizona University

Matthias Barth, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures Arizona State University, Professor, Institute for Integrated Research, Leuphana University

Session Organized by Katja Brundiers, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures, Arizona State University

Launching the Drawdown Global Solutions Platform

Presenters

Revathi Sharma Kollegala, Colab Cooperative

David Brooks, Colab Cooperative

Sunishchal Dev, Noodle.Ai

Moderated by Chad Frischmann, Senior Director of Research and Technology, Project Drawdown

Ethan Winn, Colab Cooperative

Alden Bevington, Product Manager, Drawdown Solutions Platform

Learning From Living Labs: Regenerative Social-Ecological Research and Teaching

“Living Laboratories” offer unique ways to research, teach and support regenerative social-ecological systems through interdisciplinary, placed-based experiential learning and action. Our session will highlight the last two years of “living lab” work by our four institutions in partnership with nonprofits, businesses and tribal governments around the Lake Superior watershed.

Presenters

Charles Levkoe, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Sustainable Food Systems, Lakehead University

Nairne Cameron, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Geography, Algoma University

Session Moderated and Organized by Kathryn Milun, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Legal Anthropology, University of Minnesota, Duluth

Randel Hanson, Ph.D, Co-Director of Eco-Entrepreneurship, Lake Superior Community College

Learning How the World Can Reach Drawdown: The Evolving Work of Drawdown Learn

Presenters

Elizabeth Bagley, Director - Drawdown Learn at Project Drawdown

Deidra Parrish Williams, Leader, Global Corporate Social Responsibility, Trane Technologies

Nico Valencia, Senior Manager, Strategic Education Partnerships, Intuit

Liz Zavodsky, Executive Director, Drawdown Ecochallenge

Matt Scott, Manager - Storytelling and Engagement at Project Drawdown

Sean Kinghorn, Global Sustainability Leader, Intuit

Karla Readshaw, Strategic Partner Manager, Education, Intuit

Kirsten Love, Director of Market Development, Tradewater

Nature-based solutions for People and Planet

Presenters

Dennis Garrity, Chair of the Board of the Global EverGreening Alliance, Chair, Landcare International, and Drylands Ambassador for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification

Thomas Crowther, Scientific Advisor, UN Trillion Tree Campaign, Professor of Global Ecosystem Ecology at ETH Zürich

Mamta Mehra, Senior Fellow - Land Use & Research Program Officer at Project Drawdown

Cheikh Mbow, Director, Future Africa (University of Pretoria)

Mark E. Ritchie, Professor of Biology, Syracuse University

Ocean-based solutions for People and Planet

Presenters

Emilia Jankowska, Senior Fellow - Oceans at Project Drawdown

Carlos Duarte, Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Rashid Sumaila, professor of Ocean and Fisheries Economics, University of British Columbia, Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit, UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries

Robin Pelc, Research Fellow - Oceans at Project Drawdown

Susan Gardner, Division Director, UNEP Ecosystems Division

Bren Smith, Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder, Greenwave

RISAs, Climate Hubs & CASCs: Federal Coordination Across Regional Networks

Climate science-to-action networks at USDA, NOAA and DOI share a goal of supporting communities, landscapes, and sectors across the nation in becoming resilient to climate change. This panel will discuss how these three networks coordinate and collaborate at the federal level.

Presenters

Rachel Steele, Ph.D., National Program Leader, USDA Climate Hubs, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Chelsea Combest-Friedman, Director, Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Session Moderated and Organized by Ariela Zycherman, Ph.D., Social Scientist and Program Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Janet Cushings, Deputy Chief, National Climate Adaptation Science Centers, U.S. Geological Survey

Research and Practice Connecting Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation Planning

Communities conducting hazard mitigation addressing climate risks have issues accessing clear information and tools. We will explore ways that Federal agencies are co-developing resources to address this issue, reduce hazard risk, and share examples of how information produced advance local action.

Presenters

Rebecca Lunde, Ph.D., West Coast Regional Coordinator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Justin Kates, Director of Emergency Management, The City of Nashua, New Hampshire

Juliette Finzi Hart, Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP) Program Manager, CA Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

Session Moderated by Reid Sherman, Ph.D., Climate Adaptation Lead, U.S. Global Change Research Program

Shubha Shrivastava, MUP, Mitigation Planner, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Christopher Clavin, M.S., Research Environmental Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Session Organized by Christopher Clavin, M.S., Research Environmental Engineer, Community Resilience Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Smart Systems, People, and the Transition to Decarbonize Energy

Session examines the application of design thinking to address risk mitigation in the interface among smart systems, tools, and users to meaningfully accelerate decarbonization at scale while enhancing value in supply chains.

Presenters

Cheryl Heller, Ph.D., Director of Design Integration and Professor of Practice in Innovation Design, Arizona State University

Andrew Maynard, Ph.D., Director of the Risk Innovation Lab, Arizona State University

Session Organized and Moderated by Edward Saltzberg, Ph.D., Executive Director, Security and Sustainability Forum

Todd Taylor, M.S., Lecturer and Digital Technology Researcher, Thunderbird School at Arizona State University

William Brandt, MBA, Director of Strategic Integration, LightWorks® an Arizona State University initiative

Solutions to Quench the World’s Thirst – Solving Water Scarcity

Strategic plans from policy makers, new knowledge and novel solutions are keys to holistic sustainable water management. This session allows stakeholders from diverse expertise to exchange ideas, knowledge and findings to identify the needs and approaches to address water scarcity facing the world in the climate change era.

Presenters

How Yong Ng, Ph.D., Professor and Director, National University of Singapore Environmental Research Institute (NERI)

Hilda Cecilia Tortajada Quiroz, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Session Moderated and Organized by How Yong Ng, Ph.D., Professor and Director, National University of Singapore Environmental Research Institute (NERI)

Srivatsan V Raghavan, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow and Head, Climate and Water Research Cluster, Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI), National University of Singapore

Strengthening Sustainability Programs and Curricula in Higher Education

The National Academies issued a consensus study report with recommendations to strengthen sustainability programs and curricula in higher education. Participants will learn about the recommendations and how they can be applied at their own institutions to advance sustainability education.

Presenters

Anne Kapuscinski, Director of the Coastal Science and Policy Program, University of California Santa Cruz

Garrick Louis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Systems and Information Engineering Systems Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

Session Moderated by Erin Bromaghim, Director, Olympic and Paralympic Development and Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Fellow on the Sustainable Development Goals, City of Los Angeles

Christopher Boone, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Lida Beninson, Ph.D., Study Director, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Session Organized by Emi Kameyama, Associate Program Officer, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The Costs and Losses of Wildfires – Investment Solutions vs. Reactive Management

Intensifying wildfire seasons pose a growing strain on resources and the well-being of Californians. The panel will discuss our recent report on what we know and what we must learn to make informed decisions about the balance of investment solutions and reactive management of wildfire in California.

Presenters

Genevieve Biggs, Ph.D., Special Projects Officer, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Samuel Evans, Ph.D., Professor, Mills College

Session Moderated and Organized by Brie Lindsey, Ph.D., Director of Science Services, California Council on Science and Technology

Teresa Feo, Ph.D., Senior Science Officer, California Council on Science and Technology