Featured Speakers

Opening Session

Dr. Katharine Wilkinson is an author, strategist, and teacher working to heal the planet we call home. Her books on climate include the new bestseller All We Can Save (2020), The Drawdown Review (2020), the New York Times bestseller Drawdown (2017), and Between God & Green (2012).

Dr. Wilkinson co-founded and leads The All We Can Save Project. In her remarks to Arizona Forward, Dr. Wilkinson will discuss how climate and gender equality are tied, from root causes to impacts to solutions.

Dr. Michael Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC).

Dr. Mann was a Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and was organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003.

Opening Panel

9:20am to 10:15am


Juan Azcárate
Deputy Director of Energy and Climate Change, Madrid City Council

Juan Azcárate has developed his professional career within the Environment and Mobility Area of the city of Madrid, holding different positions related to the management and urban environmental control. He currently works as Deputy Director of Energy and Climate Change. He is also responsible for the commitment and participation of the city of Madrid in international networks such as Cities Climate Leadership Group C40 and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.



Ted Cooke
General Manager, Central Arizona Project

Ted Cooke is General Manager of the Central Arizona Project, Arizona’s largest water provider, and has been with CAP since 1999. Ted is also the Executive Chair of the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), a consortium of twelve major water utilities throughout the United States dedicated to enhancing climate change research and improving water management decision-making to ensure that water utilities will be positioned to respond to climate change and protect our water supplies.



Missy Stults
Sustainability and Innovations Manager, City of Ann Arbor

Dr. Missy Stults is the Sustainability and Innovations Manager for the City of Ann Arbor. In this role, she works with all city operations, residents, businesses, the University of Michigan, nonprofits, and others to make Ann Arbor one of the most sustainable and equitable cities in America. Missy has worked with cities and tribal communities to advance their climate and sustainability goals and served as the Climate Director for ICLEI-USA where she worked with hundreds of U.S. cities on climate-related activities.


Derek Walker
Vice President – U.S. Climate, Environmental Defense Fund

Derek Walker is the Vice President for U.S. Climate at Environmental Defense Fund, where he oversees all EDF’s climate work in the U.S., including the federal climate campaign to secure an ambitious limit and price on carbon at the national level. Derek is a recognized expert on climate change issues, led EDF’s California-based climate program for several years, and has helped facilitate partnerships and build capacity among jurisdictions looking to take ambitious climate action and learn from California’s example.



Concurrent Breakout Sessions

10:40 am - 12 Noon

Cleaner Air, Cleaner Energy, A Cleaner Tomorrow

Cleaner Air, Cleaner Energy, A Cleaner Tomorrow

We heard from experts who shared their vision and detail opportunities for Arizona to ensure that Arizona has cleaner air, cleaner energy and a cleaner tomorrow. Learn more...

Building A More Resilient Future

Building A More Resilient Future

We heard from experts who highlighted ways to build community resilience, self-reliance and bolster sustainability. Learn more...

New Ways To Grow: Agriculture & Food

New Ways To Grow: Agriculture & Food

We heard from experts on how agriculture can be a part of the solution to mitigate climate change while ensuring agricultural resiliency and continued growth in the industry. Learn more...

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