Fastest Path to Zero: A Four-Week Virtual Series

Fastest Path to Zero: A Four-Week Virtual Series

Event Contact

  • Jared DeWese
  • Senior Communications Advisor
  • jdewese@thirdway.org
  • The University of Michigan and Third Way is excited to invite you to attend our first Fastest Path to Zero Virtual Conference Series, each Tuesday at Noon-2 PM from September 15 - October 6, 2020, on the Whova interactive web platform.

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    This digital event brings together leading climate advocates, philanthropists, labor leaders, elected officials, academics, and media from across the Midwest and the nation. Our goal: foster a dynamic conversation focused on how to move forward with ambitious climate action at a time when the nation is also grappling with the pandemic, economic crisis, and resurgent demands for racial justice.

    Just as our in-person events aren’t your typical conferences, this won’t be your typical series of webinars. We’re using a different (very easy to use) platform that allows you to interact with other participants and speakers, have background information at the tip of your fingers, and engage with a very diverse set of speakers. This includes a cross-section of national and Midwestern policymakers, and labor, environmental, academic, NGO, and corporate leaders.

    Each day of this weekly series will be organized around a specific theme, and you may select to attend all of the events or only the days that interest you (we think they all will).

    Tuesday, September 15: What’s at Stake

    Noon - 2PM ET

    Opening Remarks

    Josh Freed, Senior Vice President of Third Way’s Climate and Energy Program
    Alec Gallimore, Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan

    Keynote Remarks

    Stacey Abrams, Former Georgia House Democratic Leader and Founder of the Southern Economic Advancement Project

    Panel 1: What do we know about climate, and why does it matter even with a pandemic and economic crisis?

    Moderator
    Kendra Pierre-Louis, Reporter, Gimlet

    Panelists
    Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-FL)
    , Chairwoman, House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis
    Dr.
    Jonathan Overpeck, Nobel Prize Winner and Samuel A. Graham Dean William B. Stapp Collegiate Professor of Environmental Education Professor, Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering at the University of Michigan
    Peggy Shepard
    , Co-Founder and Executive Director, WE ACT for Environmental Justice

    Panel 2: The path forward; Standards, Investment, Innovation, and Justice

    Moderator
    Adam Aton
    , Reporter, E&E News

    Panelists
    Josh Freed
    , Senior Vice President of Third Way’s Climate and Energy Program
    Lynn Abramson, President of the Clean Energy Business Network
    Brad Markell
    , Labor Co-Chair, and Executive Director of AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council

    Closing Remarks

    Todd Allen, Chair and Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences NERS at the University of Michigan

    Tuesday, September 22: Innovation

    Noon – 2PM ET

    Opening Remarks

    Ryan Fitzpatrick, Director of Third Way’s Climate and Energy Program

    Ann Verhey-Henke, Strategic Director of the University of Michigan Center for Socially Engaged Design

    Keynote Remarks

    Richard Kauffman, Chair, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); Adjunct Senior Research Scholar Columbia Global Center on Energy Policy

    Panel 1: Mapping the Global Market for Advanced Nuclear

    Moderator
    Todd Allen
    , Chair and Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences NERS at the University of Michigan

    Panelists
    Todd Moss
    , Founder and Executive Director of the Energy for Growth Hub
    Jackie Kempfer, Senior Policy Advisor for Third Way’s Climate and Energy Program
    Rose Mutiso, Co-Founder and CEO of The Mawazo Institute, and Research Director for the Energy for Growth Hub

    Video Presentation: Move over, Silicon Valley. The Midwest is Poised to Drive Clean Energy Innovation

    Panel 2: How much can innovation really solve?

    Moderator
    Dr. Jennifer Haverkamp
    , the Graham Family Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan

    Panelists
    Dr. Lisa D. Cook
    , Professor in the Department of Economics and at James Madison College at Michigan State University and former Senior Economic Advisor for the Obama Council of Economic Advisors
    Julian Brave Noisecat, Vice President of Policy & Strategy, Data For Progress
    Joseph Majkut, Director of Climate Policy, Niskannen Center
    Michael Craig, Assistant Professor in Energy Systems, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

    Lightening Round of University of Michigan Graduate Work

    Leah Adelman, Amanda Farthing, Kaitlyn Barr, and Dominic Bednar

    Closing Remarks

    Josh Freed, Senior Vice President of Third Way’s Climate and Energy Program

    Tuesday, September 29: Climate, Clean Energy and Jobs

    Noon - 2PM ET

    Opening Remarks

    Lindsey Walter, Senior Policy Advisor, Third Way’s Climate and Energy Program

    Tony G. Reames, Assistant Professor, Sustainable Systems, University of Michigan

    Modeling Presentation

    Lindsey Walter, Senior Policy Advisor, Third Way’s Climate and Energy Program

    Fireside Chat: Is There a Trade-off Between Climate Action and Jobs

    Moderator
    Julia Pyper
    , Host and Producer, Political Climate
    Guest

    Panel: Making Climate Action Equitable

    Moderator
    Monica Medina
    , Founder and Publisher, Our Daily Planet

    Panelists
    Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes (D-WI)
    , NewDEAL Leader
    Michelle Martinez, Coordinator, Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition
    Nathaniel Smith, Founder and Chief Equity Officer, Partnership for Southern Equity
    Jason Walsh, Executive Director, BlueGreen Alliance

    Keynote Remarks

    Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist (D-MI), NewDEAL Leader

    Closing Remarks

    Todd Allen, Chair and Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences NERS at the University of Michigan

    Tuesday, October 6: What does the 2020 campaign tell us about the future of climate action?

    Noon – 2 PM

    • Opening Remarks
    • Video Presentation
    • Election Assessment Fireside Chat
    • Panel 1: What do voters want?
    • Panel 2: Climate 2020 Debate
    • Closing Remarks: Josh Freed and Todd Allen

    After registering below, you will receive emails about new speakers as well as how to navigate the Whova platform. Fastest Path to Zero has always been about connecting communities and leaders for solutions to our common goal, and Whova allows us to create that community virtually.