InCEES cultivates external partnerships to provide resources and expertise to advance important climate initiatives.

Midwestern Climate Summit

In 2018, InCEES began developing a relationship with Bloomberg Philanthropies that helped attract support to the University to pursue a set of climate-focused initiatives on campus and with the City of St. Louis.

Prior to providing the 2019 Commencement Address at Washington University, Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a public announcement of his support for the Midwestern Climate Summit with Chancellor Andrew D. Martin, Mayor Lyda Krewson and former President of Ohio State University, Michael Drake. The summit aims to bring together universities, government entities and the private sector to catalyze climate action commitments. Washington University will serve as the anchor for the virtual summit, scheduled to take place in fall 2020. To learn more, click here.

Washington University Chancellor Andrew D. Martin helps to announce the formation of the Midwestern Climate Summit in 2019. From left: Former Ohio State University President Michael Drake, Lyda Krewson, mayor of St. Louis, and mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The St. Louis Cross Sector Forum

On Aug. 28, 2018, InCEES and other campus partners helped to bring together nearly 30 government, nonprofit, corporate and public sector leaders from St. Louis to share their current efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Through a series of facilitated discussions, the group identified ways they might work together to benefit the St. Louis region and accelerate climate action.

A key outcome of the forum was the release of a shared proclamation, in which organizations agreed to endorse regional greenhouse gas reduction targets of 28 percent reduction below 2005 levels by 2025, and 80 percent reduction below 2005 levels by 2050.

Michael Moehn, chairman and president of Ameren Missouri (center) watches as St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson (left) and Chancellor Emeritus Mark S. Wrighton signs a proclamation pledging to endorse regional greenhouse gas reduction targets.