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Climate Threats and Solutions for Arizona:
The Cost of Inaction

The climate crisis is affecting communities around the US, and challenges will intensify in the future, but Americans are responding in creative ways to adapt, transform, and build resilience. Join us for an engaging discussion to learn about how climate change impacts us here in Arizona as we focus on solutions being developed at city, state, and federal levels.

In this interactive panel discussion, with opening remarks from Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, learn how the City of Phoenix is leading on climate action through innovative partnerships, including with Arizona State University. With renewed commitment to addressing the climate crisis at the federal, state, and local levels, now is our time to lead, as the costs of inaction are too high. Join us to discover how to engage and contribute to solutions.


  • Dave White (Moderator): Deputy Director, Global Institute of Sustainability & Innovation, ASU
  • Mark Hartman: Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Phoenix
  • Elgie Holstein: Senior Director for Strategic Planning, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Jennifer Vanos: Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability, ASU
  • Sarah Porter (Discussant): Director, Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute, ASU

This event is in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund.

Thursday, April 8, 2021
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. (AZ Time/PDT)