Summit Agenda

Presented by Intel

Thursday, May 20, 2021

  8:00am to 10:00am     Opening Session
10:00am to 10:30am     Morning Break
10:30am to 12:00pm     Concurrent Breakout Sessions



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.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Join us on May 20, 2021

Cleaner Air, Cleaner Energy, A Cleaner Tomorrow

Cleaner Air, Cleaner Energy, A Cleaner Tomorrow

Arizona has made great strides to ensure a cleaner future for our state. Our focus on transitioning to carbon free energy, encouraging electrification, fostering electric vehicle adoption and improving air quality is to be commended. Additionally, our business-friendly environment, plentiful job opportunities and affordable cost of living make Arizona one of the fastest-growing states in the U.S. But as we continue to grow, we must look to innovative, alternative and bold solutions. Our health, our economy and our future depend on it. Hear from experts who will share their vision and detail opportunities for Arizona to ensure that our state thrives.

Building A More Resilient Future

Building A More Resilient Future

Cities throughout the U.S. are becoming increasingly focused on climate risks and resiliency. Innovative thinking related to shaping urban and rural environments, developing green infrastructure, creating transportation innovations, addressing the heat island effect, restoring and preserving open space and waterways, making buildings self-sufficient, and implementing smart waste solutions are key. Many Arizona cities are ahead of the curve; yet more can be done. Hear from experts who will highlight ways to build community resilience, self-reliance and bolster sustainability.

New Ways To Grow: Agriculture & Food

New Ways To Grow: Agriculture & Food

The current $23.3 billion impact that agriculture provides to Arizona’s economy is growing. While the agricultural sector will continue to face climate risks related to water shortages and extended drought, deploying innovation and understanding the importance of using every drop of water efficiently is critical. From the traditional practices of Native American agriculture to technological innovation, Arizona is a testament to doing a lot with little. Hear from experts on how our state is transitioning to sustainable solutions to mitigate climate change and learn what more we need to do to ensure resiliency and continued growth in this industry.

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