Agenda Overview

Please see below for the agenda as of 11/7/18. Please note the agenda is subject to change.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Second Nature and IEN Committee Meetings1:30 – 4:30 pm

Workshops1:30 – 4:30 pm

Welcome Reception5:00 – 7:00 pm

Monday, February 11, 2019

Welcome8:00 am

Reconvene with your peers as we set the stage for the Summit!

Opening Keynote8:30 am

Jeremy Grantham, co-founder and chief investment strategist of Grantham, Mayo, & van Otterloo (GMO)

Table Discussions9:00 am

Plenary Panel 19:30 am

Mission of Higher Education: Our Cross-Sector Role in Responding to the Climate Crisis

  • Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
  • Mustafa Ali, Hip Hop Caucus
  • Diana Liverman, Professor, School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona, and Co-Author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius (invited)
  • Brian Deese, Head of Sustainable Investing, BlackRock (invited)

Morning Break10:40 am

Next Level Conversations Round 111:00 am

Three blocks of 30 minute “Next Level Conversations” to go deeper on specific topics in interactive dialogue, facilitated by expert speakers.

Lunch12:30 pm

Network Updates1:15 pm

Plenary Panel 21:30 pm

Alignment of the Public Sector with Higher Education Capacity

Provide the audience clear ideas about how governors and states can most benefit from higher education’s involvement in climate action, how that support can be mutually beneficial, and some of the challenges on both sides to making real progress in state-wide collaborative activity.

  • Kristina Johnson, Chancellor, SUNY System
  • Julie Cerqueira, U.S. Climate Alliance
  • Dan Firger, Bloomberg Philanthropies (invited)
  • Sandy Urie, Chair Emeritus, Cambridge Associates

Next-Level Conversations Round 23:00 pm

Affinity Group Meetings

Presidents only + Trustee only meeting (all attendees below confirmed): A special 2 hour closed session designed for presidents and trustees will offer an opportunity to discuss working collectively as influential leaders to advance solutions to the climate change crisis in ways that benefit your institution. Attendees will have the chance to share what they have achieved on your campuses and work together to address the challenges faced with your donors, alumni and other stakeholders in moving the agenda forward. Topics will be honed by any feedback received in advance from attending presidents and trustees but are expected to include:

  • effective alignment of academic mission with climate action,
  • how climate work impacts fundraising and alumni relations,
  • how to best leverage the presidency on state or local climate policy initiatives, and
  • how best to allocate capital to climate solutions in concert with the philanthropic and corporate capital
  1. Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
  2. Valerie Smith, President, Swarthmore College
  3. Wim Wiewel, President, Lewis & Clark College
  4. Elsa Nunez, President, Eastern Connecticut State University
  5. Scott Miller, President, Virginia Wesleyan University
  6. Karin Hilgersom, President, Truckee Meadows Community College
  7. Donald Gould, Trustee, Pitzer College
  8. David Dinerman, Former Trustee, Hampshire College
  9. Robert Robbins, President, University of Arizona

Catholic Institutions Meeting

Minority serving institutions and diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) Working Group

UC3 Liaison Meeting (Closed): UC3 liaisons will connect to review coalition progress and plan activities for the year ahead.

Networking Reception5:00 pm

Dine Arounds7:00 pm

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Welcome Back8:00 am

Review of the conference so far, and a preview of the day to come.

Popcorn Sessions8:10 am

Concurrent Sessions (Endowment Track and Campus Operations Track)9:15 am

Morning Break10:15 am

Concurrent Sessions (Endowment Track and Campus Operations Track)10:30 am

Lunch12:30 pm

Plenary Panel 31:20 pm

Resilience, the Disaster Economy, and Climate Justice

How do campuses integrate equity into climate action planning? What is the role of campuses in “opportunity zones” to ensure community resilience is prioritized so that investments are not predatory? What is the role of higher education in rebuilding more sustainably and equitably post-disaster?

  • Havidán Rodríguez, President, University at Albany (confirmed)
  • David Hall, President of the University of the Virgin Islands (confirmed)
  • Anthony Rust, Trustee & Chair of Warren Wilson’s Investment Committee (invited)
  • Atyia Martin, former Chief Resilience Officer, Boston (invited)

Plenary Panel 42:15 pm

Application of UC3 Framework

The University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) was launched at the 2018 Summit. It was a group of 18 higher education institutions committed to leveraging their strengths as large research institutions to accelerate place-based, cross-sector climate action. This session will explore how other institutional types (liberal arts and two-year) could use a similar model to leverage their respective strengths to the same aligned purpose.

  • 2 UC3 Presidents, 2 presidents from liberal arts and community college

What’s next?3:00 pm

Reflection: facilitated exercise to identify potential actions and new questions. For which of these might partnering with someone in the network accelerate the action or the answer?

Closing Keynote3:15 pm

Eric Garcetti, Mayor, Los Angeles (invited)

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