Past Events

Sara Hughes, Gian Carlo Delgado Ramos, & Hilda Blanco

Urban climate governance in North America

Thursday, April 8, 2021, 1:00-2:00 pm ET

Join the Ford School of Public Policy for a conversation with leading scholars of urban climate governance. Find out what some of the largest North American cities have been doing to address climate change, coordination/collaboration among them, and how their different sub-national and national contexts affect their efforts. This event will feature presentations from Sara Hughes (University of Michigan), Gian Carlo Delgado Ramos (National Autonomous University of Mexico), and Hilda Blanco (University of Southern California).

This event is part of the 2020-21 North American Colloquium (NAC), organized by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy with generous support from the Meany Family Foundation, and co-sponsored by the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto and the Center for Research on North America at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. The objective of the NAC is to provide a forum that strengthens a wider North American conversation and more fruitful trilateral cooperation between Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Sign up for more information about this year’s NAC here. More information

Ford Collq. N. Am Climate Policy Pub Opinion
Christopher P. Borick, Erick Lachapelle, and Itzkuauhtli Zamora Saenz

Public opinion on North American climate policy

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 12:00-1:00 pm ET

Join the Ford School of Public Policy for a conversation about what the Canadian, United States, and Mexican public thinks about climate change, and about how government policy should address it.

Christopher P. Borick (Muhlenberg College) and Erick Lachapelle (University of Montreal) will present brand new data from their ongoing survey of public opinion in Canada and the United States. Itzkuauhtli Zamora Saenz will discuss Mexican public opinion as it relates to policy proposals in the Mexican Congress. More Information


9th Conference on CO2-based Fuels and Chemicals

March 23 -24, 2021

The conference is one of the oldest and most established worldwide and has developed into a unique meeting place for the entire Carbon Capture & Utilisation (CCU) and Power-to-X industry and its customers. The first day will focus on CO2-based transport and aviation fuels, the second on CO2-based bulk and fine chemicals. CCU technologies are essential to meet the future demand for carbon from renewable sources. Take a look into the near future and exchange ideas with the leading pioneers. 

Building the Future: a distinguished lecture series for academic and professionals.

Building the Future: Public opinion on North American climate policy A Distinguished Lecture Series for Academics and Professionals

Friday, March 12, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

Buildings: A Climate Solution tells the emerging story of architecture that heals the climate by storing more carbon than ever emitted: Building to cool the planet. Around the world, the theory and the practice of making “carbon smart” buildings is being developed by a rapidly expanding network of experts and innovators. Here we will explore the time value of carbon, low-carbon concrete and the new family of low-carbon building codes, and plant-based, carbon-storing materials, mapping an ambitious but practical pathway toward a built environment that has net zero operating emissions but also acts as a massive carbon sponge.

Discussion panelists include 

  • Lucca Henrion, Research Fellow, Global CO2 Initiative, University of Michigan
  • Lionel Lemay, Executive Vice President/Division Head, Structures and Sustainability, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA)
  • Missy Stults, Sustainability and Innovations Manager, City of Ann Arbor

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Energy regulation in North America

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 12:00-1:00 pm ET

Join the Ford School of Public Policy for a conversation with a former energy policymaker and regulator from the largest and most active U.S. state on climate (California) and a leading Canadian academic on North American energy regulation and policy.

Former California Public Utility Commissioner Dian Grueneich (Stanford) and Director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy Dr. Monica Gattinger (University of Ottawa) will discuss a range of topics including how regulators approach energy projects that cross national borders, the role of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) in transnational electricity policy, and how climate change and energy policy are becoming increasingly intertwined.

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Innovation Award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2021”

Submit a nomination by January 31st. 

2021 MLK Day Social Equity and Justice in Carbon Forum was held on January 27, 2021. In case you missed the Forum, watch the recording.

In honor of MLK month, U-M’s Global CO2 Initiative Undergraduate Association and Student Sustainability Coalition hosted a virtual event on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 to talk about social equity and justice in energy and carbon system via Zoom.

Climate change is the defining issue of the 21st century. As we transition from fossil-based energy systems, it is critical that we do not replicate nor further the economic, social and environmental problems that exist today. Click here to watch the recording of the Forum.

Webinar event to launch version 1.1 of the Global CO2 Initiative’s TEA & LCA guidelines for CO2 Utilization. In case you missed the webinar, watch the recording.

This webinar highlighted progress made on the guidelines, incorporating additional practitioner community feedback and the latest advances the CO2nsistent team has made in the areas of TEA & LCA for CCU and the integration of both into singular studies. The webinar included an overview of additional work carried out by the project team (three new worked examples & the production of additional guidance for non-LCA/TEA practitioners) as part of our wider aim to provide guidance for all those interested in the fields LCA & TEA for CCU. 

Click here to watch the workshop recording.

AirMiners Virtual 2020 Conference: “Foundations for a carbon negative future”

The AirMiners global community of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs working on carbon negative technology will host its first conference online. Themed “Foundations for a carbon negative future”, and featuring carbon removal pioneer Dr Klaus Lackner as keynote speaker, there will be sessions on business models, fundraising, and technology as well as virtual “open space” areas on topics selected by registered delegates.

The conference is open to experts in the field as well as anyone interested in learning more about our carbon negative future. Attendance is free or with $10 voluntary donation to support carbon removal efforts from conference activities.

Track 1: Business Models to get to market. Moderator: Alexsandra Guerra, Nori. Panelists: Diego Saez-Gil, Pachama, Eri Gentry, Negative, Nicholas Eisenberger, Pure Energy Partners

Track 2: Cutting edge carbon technologies. Moderator: Heidi Lim, Opus 12. Panelists:Peter Eisenberger, Global Thermostat, Christian Shearer, Regen Network

Track 3: Networking and Open Discussions + How We Made the AirMiners Conference Carbon Negative

Concluding Keynote: Next Steps for a Carbon Negative Future


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The right turn – How Covestro Drives the Circular Economy

  • Date: May 26, 2020 from 11AM to 12:30 PM Central Europe Standard Time
  • Cost: Free, register online

The coronavirus pandemic reminds us that it is time to create a better, truly sustainable world.

New approaches are needed to tackle global challenges such as climate change, resource limitation and population growth. Above all, consumption and production must move away from one-time use: the future belongs to the circular economy.

The plastics industry makes indispensable contributions to this. And Covestro, one of the world’s largest polymer companies, wants to be a pioneer in this.

In an interactive live webcast, Covestro CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann will explain the role Covestro and the chemical industry are playing in the transformation to a circular economy.

Among the speakers are renowned experts such as Professor Volker Sick, Director Global CO2 Initiative, and Jacob Duer, President and CEO of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste.

You will receive further information on the exact procedure after your registration.