Event Details

The first-ever WU Climate Day is a comprehensive, interactive event designed to engage students, educators, community members, and leaders in climate action. It will feature a keynote speech, a panel of professionals who work at varying levels of government, a panel which will focus on community action and the role students can play, and a panel of WashU students who attended the UN Climate Change Conference. Free food will be provided during the reception.

Date & Time

February 9, 2018

Time 12:00-5:00 pm


Women’s Building Formal Lounge

Washington University in St. Louis


12:00 Opening

12:15-1:15 Keynote speech – Elliot Diringer – Executive Vice President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

1:15-2:15  Panel: Climate Justice and Citizen Action

Natalie Lucas (Care about Climate, Sierra Club)

Anne Barton-Veenkant (350 STL)

Louise Bradshaw (St. Louis Zoo)

Georgia de la Garza

Heather Navarro (Missouri Coalition for the Environment)

2:15-2:45 Refreshments and Resiliency Activity

2:45-3:45 Panel: Legal and Policy Perspectives on Climate Action

Catherine Werner (St. Louis Mayor’s Office)

Brendan Fahey (Senator McCaskill’s Office)

Colin Wellenkamp (Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative)

Maxine Lipeles (Washington University Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic)

4:00-4.30  Panel: WU Perspectives on International Climate Policy

Student observers to COP23

4:30-5:00 Moving Forward – Group Discussion and Closing

5:00-6:00 Reception