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March 6, 2023

UW joins White House to host forum on climate change solutions on campuses and in surrounding communities

Maya Tolstoy

Maya Tolstoy, Maggie Walker Dean of the UW College of the Environment.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the University of Washington are bringing together climate, sustainability and resilience leaders, and educators representing a cross section of colleges and universities from around the country, with federal agency leaders for a virtual forum on climate change.

The White House Forum on Campus and Community-Scale Climate Change Solutions, co-hosted by the UW, will take place Wednesday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time (1 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time).

Speakers and panel discussions will showcase how innovative actions on climate change currently employed on college campuses can further benefit the surrounding communities and beyond. Themes will include:

  • Making campuses more sustainable and resilient, including pathways to achieving net-zero emissions.
  • Ensuring that students have the knowledge and skills to lead in the clean industries of tomorrow and to build and maintain the green and resilient infrastructure we need.
  • Providing climate services to states, municipalities and Indigenous communities.
  • College and university campuses serving as proving grounds for new climate solutions and strategies to bring them into the innovation ecosystem.

“As climate change becomes a daily reality on our planet, ensuring that our colleges and universities continue to lead the way on sustainability is more urgent than ever,” said speaker Maya Tolstoy, Maggie Walker Dean of the UW College of the Environment. “I’m excited to partner with the White House and so many exceptional institutions from across the country on this effort to better coordinate our work.”

The livestream is open to the public. For more information, see the registration link here.

For more information, contact Victor Balta at balta@uw.edu.