2022 Convening

Attendees at the Midwest Carbon Leadership Project convening discuss knowledge gaps that remain in the effort towards carbon neutrality.

The Midwest Carbon Leadership Project (MWCLP) kicked-off with a gathering on December 8, 2022 where more than 60 people shared their expertise and commitment to advancing deep decarbonization. A series of short plenary talks set the context for small group discussions. In those breakout settings, attendees scoped 11 different knowledge gaps.

Topics and Speakers

  • Unlocking Cold-Climate Innovation Pathways
    Nina Axelson, Grid Catalyst
  • Why We Harvest Crops and the Connection to Climate-Smart Agriculture
    Deepak Ray, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota
  • A Changing Planning Paradigm: The Jigsaw Puzzle Challenge of Planning for a Decarbonized Grid
    Laura Hannah, MISO
  • How Can Nature-Based Solutions Sustainably Address Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss?
    Forest Isbell, MnDRIVE Environment, University of Minnesota
  • Agronomic and Climate Benefits of Biochar and Basalt
    Joe Fargione, The Nature Conservancy
  • Is the Shared Language We Use Today Keeping Us from the Solutions We Seek for Tomorrow?
    Bob Blake, Solar Bear
  • The Lost Science of Changing Your Mind
    Joe Arvai, Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Southern California
  • Food Waste: Does Circularity Lead to Carbon Neutrality?
    Jennifer Schmitt, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota
  • Unlocking Climate Tech Innovation Finance
    Ian Adams, Evergreen Climate Innovations
  • The Wisdom of Crowds
    Susanna Gibbons, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
  • Learning from Community to Close Will and Wisdom Gap – and Avoid Deepening Inequalities
    Huda Ahmed, Transformational Solutions