Conference Vision

The recent release of the first part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report reaffirms with even greater surety that climate change is occurring and poses significant challenges to humanity. The draft United States National Climate Assessment states that the impacts of climate change have "moved firmly into the present."

The 14th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: Building Climate Solutions will engage over 1,200 key individuals from many fields of sciences and engineering, government and policy, business and civil society to advance solutions to climate change.

The conference will be organized around two areas: [1] The Built Environment; and, [2] Agriculture and Natural Resources. Under these two themes, 24 tracks connect the conference to specific initiatives led by partnering organizations that advance solutions. In this manner, participants will engage with and have lasting impact on real world responses to climate change.

Partnering organizations that are organizing sessions which connect to important initiatives to implement solutions include:  World Wildlife Fund, Second Nature, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Geological Survey, NORC at the University of Chicago, NOAA, Sigma Space Corp at NASA, The National Academies of Science, Ecodistricts, U.S. Green Building Council, National Institute for Standards and Technology, University of California at Davis, University of California at Berkeley, The Climate Institute, Cornell University, U.S. Forest Service, EcoAmerica, U.S. National Park Service, and the Department of Energy.

The conference is timely for many reasons such as:

  • the ongoing release of the 5th Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Working Group I component was released on September 27th, 2013);
  • the completion of the draft U.S. National Climate Assessment in early 2014; and
  • the renewed emphasis on climate change by President Obama and by many global leaders.

We invite you to join with others, work across traditional boundaries, and contribute your insights and skills to addressing the most significant environmental challenge of our time.