NCSE Building Climate Solutions Conference
A national conference in D.C. to engage over 1,200 stakeholders from many sectors in developing strategies to minimize climate-related impacts.
The theme of the 14th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment is "Building Climate Solutions." Participants will discuss mitigation solutions to minimize the consequences of climate change and adaptation solutions for those consequences that cannot be avoided.
The conference will be organized around the major areas where climate actions are necessary:
- The Built Environment — where and how we live; and
- Agriculture and Natural Resources — how we provision ourselves and how we affect the life support services that we depend upon.
NOAA Acting Administrator Kathryn Sullivan will be among the keynote speakers and NOAA scientists and personnel will participate in several sessions.
Plenaries, symposia and breakout workshops will connect to facilitate action. Plenary sessions, moderated by journalists, will provide strategic overviews from diverse perspectives. Symposia will explore issues more deeply and set the stage for breakout workshops, where participants can develop actionable outcomes and commitments to further collaboration and implementation.
The conference is timely for many reasons such as:  the upcoming release of the 5th Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change;  the completion of the draft U.S. National Climate Assessment; and  the renewed emphasis on climate change by President Obama and by many global leaders.