Climate Change in Wisconsin: Where do we go from here?
The 2014 Sustainability Forum has concluded, however, the program was recorded, so check back for archived videos of the presentations.
The 2014 Sustainability Forum, Climate Change in Wisconsin: Where do we go from here?, was a huge success! The Office of Sustainability and members of the local sustainability community engaged in talks and discussion about the impacts of climate change on Wisconsin residents and how human actions, adaptation, and innovation can chart a new course forward. The forum included speeches, PechaKucha presentations, panels, and Q & A sessions that offered audience members a chance to participate and direct the experts toward topics they were interested in. The varying keynote speakers and panelists help ensure that our discussions were broad in their focus but accurate in the information provided.
Over the next few months we will begin planning the 2015 Sustainability Forum. We hope to continue providing interesting and engaging events like the forum that draw in parties that extend far beyond the UW Campus.
February 27, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
H.F. DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, UW–Madison
Biographies for all of the speakers and panelists can be found here.
Read media coverage of the event:
Wisconsin Public Radio 2/26/14 Climate Change in Wisconsin: Where Do We Go From Here?
The Daily Cardinal 2/27/14 Madison professionals describe climate change relations at Sustainability Forum
The Capital Times 3/1/14 Even while adapting, most Wisconsin farmers are climate change skeptics
8:30-9:00 Check-in, coffee and tea
9:00-9:30 Welcoming remarks
Session I: Agriculture and Food
9:30-10:10 Keynote: Wisconsin Agriculture: A History of Adaptation
- Ben Brancel, Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection
10:10-10:35 Rapid-fire talks
- What Farmers Think About Climate Change: Results From a Recent Survey – Dr. Paul Mitchell, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics
- Forward Thinking for the Yahara Watershed: A Framework to Assess the Future Impacts of Land Use and Climate Change on Ecosystem Services - Dr. Chris Kucharik, Associate Professor of Agronomy and Environmental Studies
- Local Food Purchasing: Do Food Miles Relate to Climate Change? - Dr. Erin Silva, Associate Director, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems & Jeffrey Orr, Executive Chef, Dining and Culinary Services
10:35-10:55 Panel discussion
Session II: Human Impacts
11:10-11:30 Keynote: Adapting to Climate Change in Wisconsin
- Dr. Dan Vimont, Associate Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
11:30-12:00 Rapid-fire talks
- Climate Adaptation in Wisconsin Communities – Sally Kefer, Chair of WICCI Community Adaptation Workgroup, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
- Disaster, Vulnerability and the Urban Environment: Framing Resilience for the Twenty-first Century - Dr. Richard Keller, Associate Professor of Medical History and Bioethics
- From Invisible to Invaluable: How Wastewater Utilities are Adapting to Climate Change and Leading Sustainability – Michael Mucha, Chief Engineer and Director of the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District
- The Secret Life of Knives, Forks, and Spoons at Union South - Dr. Cathy Middlecamp, Professor of Environmental Studies
12:00-12:20 Panel discussion
12:20-1:00 LUNCH – For pre-registered individuals
Session III: Policy and Human Behavior
1:00-1:20 Keynote: Climate Change and Public Policy
- Dr. Greg Nemet, Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Environmental Studies
1:20-1:50 Rapid-fire talks
- Adaptations to Support Ecosystem Service Provision – Dr. Adena Rissman, Assistant Professor of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
- The Normative Impacts of Messages - Dr. Sharon Dunwoody, Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication
- How to get people to change their behaviors: Insights from research in the behavioral sciences – Dr. Markus Brauer, Professor of Psychology
- Cool Choices: A Fun Approach to Behavior Change – Kathy Kuntz, Executive Director of Cool Choices
1:50-2:10 Panel discussion
Session IV: Risk, Planning, and Insurance in Industry
2:25-3:05 Industry leaders panel discussion
Session V: Climate Change and Campus
3:05-3:40 Campus leaders panel discussion
3:45-4:00 Closing Remarks
4:15-5:00 Weston Lecture: Optimization and Climate Policy
- Dr. Tom Rutherford, Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics
5:00-6:00 Poster Session, Networking and Refreshments!