The Central Michigan Climate Solutions Summit took place on Oct. 16 and highlighted what is being done at the university and in the local community to combat climate change and its effects.
The summit featured Dr. Andrew Hoffman as the keynote speaker
, who will discuss the role of universities in mitigating climate change and the solutions present in our culture and market. Hoffman is an author, research and professor at the University of Michigan, with a focus in environmental issues and sustainable enterprise.
The event included two panel discussions, featuring: CMU faculty, staff and students; and Mount Pleasant businesses, government officials and local citizens.
This event was organized by interested faculty and students in collaboration with the Mt. Pleasant chapter of Citizens’ Climate Education, sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the College of Science and Engineering, and the Institute for Great Lakes Research.
(Event graphic created by CMU student designer Michaela Drumm.)
As part of the Central Michigan Climate Solutions Summit, we asked various community organizations to submit videos explaining what they're doing to combat climate change.
The below playlist includes submissions from Take Back the Tap, the Organization of Women Leaders, Phi Chi Theta, GreenTree Cooperative Grocery, Central Votes, the Mount Pleasant League of Women Voters, Consumer's Energy, the Student Environmental Alliance, and CMU's Sierra Club.
Click on the top right icon in the video below to see the entire playlist or watch the combined version.
Summit Recordings (with schedule)
8:50 a.m. Tabling Videos Presented
9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Central Michigan University Panel with Q&A
The panel featured:
- Bob Davies, President of Central Michigan University
- Jay Kahn, Director of Facilities Operations, Facilities Management, CMU
- Goksel Demirer, Professor of Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering & Technology, and Institute for Great Lakes Research
- Chloe Majeske, CMU student majoring in meteorology
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Tabling Videos Presented
10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Community Panel with Q&A
The panel featured:
- Will Joseph, Mayor of Mount Pleasant, and Nancy Ridley, City Manager
- Jim Hageman, Founder of TreesNOW
- Emily Zoet, Volunteer with Mt. Pleasant Citizens' Climate Education
- Laura Coffee, Marketing & Owner Services Manager, GreenTree Cooperative Grocery
11:45 - 12:00 p.m. Tabling Videos Presented
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Keynote Presentation by Dr. Andrew Hoffman, with Q&A: Solutions to Climate Change in our Culture and the Market
The keynote speaker, Dr. Andrew Hoffman, discussed the role of universities in mitigating climate change and the solutions present in our culture and market. Hoffman is an author, research and professor at the University of Michigan, with a focus in environmental issues and sustainable enterprise.
Read Central Michigan Life's coverage of the Climate Solutions Summit for an event summary.
Read the Central Michigan Life column by Chloe Majeske, the student voice of the Climate Solutions Summit. "You can always connect your passions to the issues around you," Majeske writes. "At the end of the day, this affects all of us."
Read Marie Koper's contributing Central Sustainability blog post on the summit. Koper is the group leader of the Mount Pleasant Citizens' Climate lobby and summit coordinator. "All sectors and populations within the area need to be in the room collaborating on these decisions," Koper writes.