Central Michigan Climate Solutions Summit

Central Michigan climate solutions summit logo.jpgOriginally scheduled in March on campus, the Central Michigan Climate Solutions Summit has been rescheduled as a virtual conference* from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.

The Climate Solutions Summit will highlight what is being done at the university and in the local community to combat climate change and its effects.

The summit will feature 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 will also include 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.


8:50 a.m. Zoom opens with videos from groups previously scheduled to table

9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Central Michigan University Panel with Q & A

  • 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. Break with videos from groups previously scheduled to table

10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Community Panel with Q & A

  • 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. Break with videos from groups previously scheduled to table

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Keynote Presentation by Dr. Andrew Hoffman, University of Michigan, with Q&A: Solutions to Climate Change in our Culture and the Market


Tabling Information:

If you're interested in representing your organization and virtually tabling, we are currently taking video submissions at homsi1tm@cmich.edu. The deadline to send in a video is by Sept. 28.

You're welcome to have more than one person in your video and feel free to use props, pictures, posters, etc. of your organization/work.

Film yourself answering this question:
  • What are you or your organization doing to solve climate change? (relate what you or your organization is doing for climate change and why addressing it matters)
Video Format Guidelines:
  • 2 minutes maximum, 1 minute minimum
  • Introduce yourself: My name is _____, and I'm the/a _____ (of ______)
  • Film HORIZONTALLY - it can be on your phone, laptop, camera, etc.
  • Stand in the middle of the frame with your head fully in frame (NOT cut off at the forehead) and with frame cut off at the waist
  • Window lighting is preferred but not required, as long as it's not too bright/washed out or dim/dark
Student posing as example for what the video should look like.jpg