Climate change solutions: Convening academics and advocates
Once the academic year gets rolling, it’s easy to forget three blissful months of warm weather even happened – but IonE didn’t take the summer off! Our programs were as busy as ever researching solutions, expanding networks, forging partnerships, and, in one particular case, Translating Across Boundaries.
Hosted by the Energy Transition Lab in partnership with the RE-AMP Network’s Organizing Hub, this convention of leaders from climate change nonprofits and academic research institutions drew more than 45 ambitious and innovative trailblazers to Saint Paul, Minnesota, in August. They represented 38 organizations and institutions across eight states, and all came ready to explore ways to engage the public on climate change issues.
At the conclusion of two partnership-filled days, a multitude of new collaborations had emerged. Efforts to bring solar and community-owned energy to indigenous lands, increase collaborative research between universities and communities, create climate solutions in rural communities, and reform utility shutoff policies were just a few of the bold, teamwork-driven solutions.
In the video below, take a peek into the convention and hear from attendees: