Speaker: Tracey Holloway, UW Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Abstract: Climate change is affected by almost every sector of the economy and society (transportation, electricity, consumption, food, agriculture, land use, manufacturing, etc.). Similarly, the impacts of climate change affect these same systems (extreme weather, seasonal shifts, agricultural vulnerability, infrastructure, public health, coastal areas, etc.). So, the options for mitigating - reducing emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases - or adapting - reducing vulnerability of systems - are almost limitless. For the third year in a row, the SAGE (the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment in the Nelson Institute) hosts the largest student environmental innovation competition in the world: the Climate Leadership Challenge (CLC). The CLC focuses on innovative, scaleable solutions to climate change. In 2011, the CLC will again be awarding a $50,000 grand prize to a student team interested in advancing a climate solution. This talk will discuss climate change mitigation and adaptation broadly, success stories, and opportunities for students to compete this year.