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Midwest Regional Sustainablility Summit

  • Cintas Center - Xavier University 3800 Victory Parkway Cincinnati OH (map)


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The 2018 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit will take place on June 15. We are excited to announce this year's theme and keynote speaker.

In 2018, the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit will continue to explore new and promising areas of environmental sustainability, while also taking a deeper look at the issue of resilience. We will explore how other regions across the nation are adapting to climate change and other environmental challenges and those in the process of creating resilient cities. To underscore this point, the keynote speaker this year is Katharine Hayhoe. Hayhoe is a prominent climate scientist experienced in untangling the complex science and tackling many long-held misconceptions about global warming. Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, Hayhoe’s current focus is on modeling regional to local impacts of climate change, and how we can fix this together using many of the solutions already in our backyards. 


Highlights for this year’s Summit:

  • A keynote address by Katharine Hayhoe;
  • A plenary session featuring Katharine Hayhoe and Resilience Officers from peer regions who are participating in the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities program;
  • A lunchtime awards ceremony honoring regional organizations who have successfully incorporated sustainability into their operations;
  • Breakout sessions and workshops where attendees can dive deeper into issues such as sustainable business practices, emerging opportunities in green jobs, food waste reduction, local food access, green infrastructure for stormwater management, the Green Cincinnati Plan and efforts to prepare our region for changes in climate and weather patterns . 

Each year, we seek to widen the table for discussion around the issue of environmental sustainability. We bring together a broad audience of professionals who seek to engage in thoughtful discussion, share best practices, celebrate the work that is currently being done in sustainability throughout the Midwest and identify areas for future regional collaboration. We invite all who are interested to join us on June 15 and be ready to deepen your understanding and expand your network.


Katharine Hayhoe is an accomplished scientist who studies climate change and why it matters to us here and now. Her PBS Digital Series “Global Weirding,” now in its second season, tackles tough questions at the intersection of climate, politics, and faith. A remarkable communicator, Katharine has been recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, by Foreign Policy as one of their 100 global thinkers; by POLITICO, as one of their thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics, and most recently by FORTUNE, as one of the world’s greatest leaders.

Katharine is a professor of Political Science and directs the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She currently serves as a lead author for the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Climate Science Special Report and the Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment, and has over 120 peer-reviewed publications on climate science, impacts, and communication. Her research currently focuses on establishing a scientific basis for assessing the regional to local-scale impacts of climate change on human systems and the natural environment. To this end, she analyzes observations, compares future scenarios, evaluates global and regional climate models, builds and assesses statistical downscaling models, and constantly strives to develop better ways of translating climate projections into information relevant to agriculture, ecosystems, energy, infrastructure, public health, and water resources.

She is also the founder and CEO of ATMOS Research, which bridges the gap between scientists and stakeholders to provide relevant, state-of-the-art information on how climate change will affect our lives to a broad range of non-profit, industry and government clients. She holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois.