2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit

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Date: February 13-15, 2017

Address: Tempe Mission Palms, 60 East Fifth Street, Tempe, AZ 85281

The 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit is a significant moment and turning point for Second Nature and the Climate Leadership Network. We’ll reflect on 10 years of bold climate leadership by higher education institutions, and anticipate the future of the Network and the sustainability movement. The Summit will feature keynote speaker Michael Crow– one of the original founding signatories of the Commitments– as well as tours of Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, campus team programming, and shared events with GreenBiz17.

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The program will feature such well known speakers as David Orr, founder of the Oberlin Project, who will lead conversation about post-election sector alignment with Nancy Sutley, former head of the Council on Environmental Quality; and Steven Knapp, President of George Washington University. Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California at San Diego, and Vien Truong of Green for All will discuss the Social Context for Climate Action, facilitated by Robert Jonas of the Empty Bell Institute. 

In addition, leading Arizona State University faculty Lawrence Krauss and James Weinstein will present a session titled “How to Effectively Communicate Science in a Policy Era of Alternative Facts.” Lawrence Krauss is an internationally renowned theoretical physicist and Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University (ASU). James Weinstein is the Dan Cracchiolo Chair in Constitutional Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law College of Law at ASU.

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Colleges and Universities from across the country will be gathering in Tempe for the 2017 Summit. Check out our list of registrants to see who you will be able to connect with when you attend.

Photos and Videos

The 2017 Summit brought together higher education leaders and implementers from across the country to collaborate and share ideas and solutions. Check out our photos and videos from the event to get a glimpse into the event.

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Summit Sponsors

Thank you to all of our committed 2017 Summit Sponsors. Thanks to their generous support we can can host important gatherings like these and bring you relevant and actionable content. Be sure to connect with these partner organizations at the 2017 Summit to learn more about their services and products.








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Special Event and Service Sponsorships

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Partner Organizations

American Association for State Colleges and Universities

American Meteorological Society (AMS)

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Intentional Endowments Network

Institute for Sustainable Communities

National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)

Sustainable Endowments Institute