List of Topics to Consider

In the past, members of the CLN and UC3 have focused their cross-sector climate forums on a broad range of topics according to the needs and/or interests of attendees. Below are some examples of forum titles that have been used to help frame the topic(s) of discussion: 

    Built Environment

    • “Energy Efficiency in the Building Sector”
    • “Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment: Strategy, Tactics, Tools, and Partnerships”
    • “Best Practices and Tools For Quantifying the Carbon Footprint of Every Project (During Design, Build, and Operations)”
    • “True Carbon Neutral Development: Measuring and Reducing the Impact of Construction Materials and Processes”
    • “Embodied Carbon Policies in Practice: Recent Innovations”

    Cities and Urban Development

    • “Climate Change Impacts Along the Rural to Urban Gradient”
    • “Climate Action Planning for the City of Columbus”
    • “Cities as Drivers of Climate Solutions”

   Energy and Infrastructure

    • “Energy Sources”
    • “Powering Tomorrow: Energy Infrastructure Challenges”
    • “The Future of Energy”

  Resilience and Adaptation

    • “Public-Private Partnerships for Climate Risk Management”
    • “Combining Strengths and Resources for Building Resilient Communities”
    • “Climate Change and Public Infrastructure: Options for Adaptation”

   Climate and Heath

    • “It’s All Around Us: Climate Impacts on Public Health”
    • “Climate Health: Impact and Opportunities”
    • “Climate and Health Communication”

   Food & Agriculture 

    • “Co-Locating Food and Energy Productions”
    • “Climate Change and Agriculture”
    • “Global Trends in Collision – Climate Change, Food Supply and Security.”
    • “How changing climate impacts local food production”
    • “Climate Change Impacts on Connecticut Agriculture”
    • “Disruptive forces affecting food system workers”

   Climate Financing and Economics

    • “Practical Levers to Deploy Capital for GHG Reductions”
    • “Financial Instruments Available for Use By Organizations” 
    • “Conference on The Development Bank (SHF) as a Catalyst of Green Financing in the Housing Sector”
    • “Challenges and Opportunities in the Regulatory and Voluntary Carbon Markets”

   Community Partnerships

    • “Academic-Private-Govt. Partnerships as Agents of Change”
    • “Concept for a Public-Private Collaborative for Climate Change Solutions”
    • “Building Resilient Partnerships for Climate Action”

   Policy and Decision-Making  

    • “Public Policy to cope with Climate Change”
    • “Data and Analytics to Support Decision Makers”

While the titles listed above represent examples of topics used in past forums, the focus of the climate forum should be driven by the needs and/or interests of key cross-sector stakeholders from the community. Additional topics may include: 

  • Intersection of Climate, Racial, and Social Justice 
  • Environmental Migration and Climate Refugees 
  • GHG Emissions Mitigation and Municipal Waste Management