November 30, 2017
November is a big month for climate science. Please watch the National Council for Science and the Environment and Second Nature for a rich discussion about the release of the Fourth National Climate Assessment and the outcomes from the international climate meetings in Bonn – UNFCCC COP 23. NCSE Executive Director Michelle Wyman facilitates the discussion between NCSE Senior Fellow Kathy Jacobs and Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist, as they review the high points of the report and the draft of the second volume. Thereafter, Second Nature President Tim Carter provides a first-hand summary of the events and outcomes during the UNFCCC COP 23 meetings held in Bonn, Germany.
Michelle Wyman, Executive Director, National Council for Science and the Environment – Michelle Wyman has worked on energy and environmental policy with states and local governments for over 15 years. In close consultation with regional and local governments and their constituencies, she developed strategic and tactical solutions to their energy planning, climate mitigation, and adaptation challenges. She previously served as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Michelle’s extensive experience includes founding Applied Solutions- Local Governments Building a Clean Economy, and leading ICLEI USA, both nonprofits engaging directly with cities, counties, and states on clean energy, environmental, and sustainability issues.
Katharine Hayhoe, PhD, Director, Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University — Dr. Hayhoe is a professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, part of the Department of Interior’s South-Central Climate Science Center. Her research currently focuses on establishing a scientific basis for assessing the regional to local-scale impacts of climate change on human systems and the natural environment. To this end, she analyzes observations, compares future scenarios, evaluates global and regional climate models, builds and assesses statistical downscaling models, and constantly strive to develop better ways of translating climate projections into information relevant to agriculture, ecosystems, energy, infrastructure, public health, and water resources.
Kathy Jacobs , Director, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, University of Arizona — Katharine Jacobs is director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) and professor in the department of soil, water and environmental science at the University of Arizona. From 2010 to 2013, Jacobs served as an assistant director in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President. Jacobs was the director of the 2014 National Climate Assessment, and also was the lead advisor on water science, policy and climate adaptation within OSTP.
Tim Carter, PhD , President, Second Nature –– Dr. Carter currently serves as the President of Second Nature, leading climate commitments within higher education. Prior to this, Dr. Carter was the founding Director of Butler University’s Center for Urban Ecology (CUE), and built the center from a fledgling unit with two interns and a program manager to a thriving academic center with over $3M in externally funded initiatives. The CUE also led efforts to develop Butler’s climate strategy including signing the ACUPCC, developing Butler’s Climate Action Plan, and hiring Butler’s first sustainability officer. Dr. Carter received his Ph.D. in Ecology with distinction from the University of Georgia.
Reed Schuler -Senior Policy Advisor is Governor Jay Inslee’s Senior Policy Advisor for Climate and Sustainability, and the Governor’s Special Advisor for Pandemic Health Response. Reed advises the governor on climate policy and leads his legislative, regulatory, and communications strategy for climate policy, managing leading coalitions such as the U.S. Climate Alliance, and advises the governor on COVID-19 containment and health response. Previously, Reed served at the U.S. Department of State as a U.S. negotiator for the Paris Agreement on climate change and as a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Policy Planning Staff.