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A week of climate change conversations with Dr. Hayhoe in the Buckeye State

A week of conversations on climate change, science, and faith
in the Buckeye State with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

Associated Events

Hosting Dr. Hayhoe, virtually,in central Ohio for this series of talks is the result of a yearlong, collaborative effort of regional individuals and organizations. The EPN is delighted to be a part of it and we strongly encourage all to attend our October 13 event and the associated events below throughout the coming days. A special thanks to Dr. Matt Pratola (Associate Professor of Statistics, The Ohio State University), Dr. Brooke White and Amanda McEldowney with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, COSI, the Metro School, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, Water Management Association of Ohio, the American Scientific Affiliation –Ohio Chapter, and Ohio Interfaith Power and Light for their collaboration to create these programs. Thank you to Ohio State’s Office of Outreach and Engagement for resources to support our hosting of Dr. Hayhoe. Numerous Ohio State organizations, including the Byrd Center, Sustainability Institute and Undergraduate Student Government are hosting climate change programs during the month of October. Please review the list below, and consider participating, alongside the events featuring Dr. Hayhoe. 

Brown Bag Luncheon Seminar on Climate Change, Our Faith Values, and 2020

Date and Time:  Thursday, October 15, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Speakers: Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist, and Rev. Marcia Dinkins, Ohio Interfaith Power and Light Executive Director

Attendees will view this previously recorded seminar; followed by an Ohio live Q & A with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe starting at noon. Enter the Seminar here.


Climate Change: Fact or Fiction? A Conversation with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist

Date and Time:  Thursday, October 15, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Speakers: Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist, and Dr. Frederic Bertley, COSI President and CEO
Audience: This event will be live streamed to 6th - 12th grade classrooms through COSI Connects Live and to the public on COSI’s Facebook
Event Sponsor: Ohio State’s Environmental Professionals Network

Join Dr. Frederic Bertley, COSI President and CEO, and Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist, for a conversation on one of the most hotly debated scientific issues of today: climate change. Is the evidence solid? Are proposed solutions viable? And why would any of us even care? Join Dr. Katharine Hayhoe as she untangles the complex science behind global warming and highlights the key role our values play in shaping our attitudes and actions on this crucial topic. Dr. Hayhoe will also address what concrete actions can be taken to combat this issue today.

This event is aimed at 6th – 12th grade students, but will be available to anyone who would like to tune in on COSI’s Facebook page on October 15th, 2020 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

For more details and to register visit:


Closing Plenary Session with Keynote Speaker Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

Date and Time: Friday, October 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Hayhoe will provide the keynote address during MORPC’s 2020 Summit on Sustainability Closing Plenary Session. For more details and to register visit:

Additional Ohio State events in October 2020 related to climate change 


“Falling dominoes? Ice, climate, sea level and our future” with Dr. Richard Alley

Date and Time:  Thursday, October 8, 2020, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  

Sea level is rising because of human-caused warming, impacting coastal communities. Shrinkage of the ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland is contributing, and could accelerate in the future. History and physics show that warming melts ice, and that too much warming triggers rapid iceberg calving. Visitors to Glacier Bay in Alaska now sail more than 60 miles into a fjord that held ice up to a mile thick when George Vancouver visited in 1794, and many other fjords have rapidly “unzipped” into their mountains or ice sheet. If a similar retreat is triggered in any of the major Antarctic basins holding far more ice, more than 10 feet of additional sea-level rise could occur in the following century or less. Exciting scientific advances will be needed to reduce the remaining large uncertainties.

Register here:

2020 Byrd Center Symposium on Climate Change Research

Date and Time:  Friday, October 9, 2020, 8:50 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Developed with input from last year’s participants, the intent of this year’s symposium is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration on climate change research at The Ohio State University.

Discussion and planning are facilitated through the use of Breakout Groups in two sessions. Each session will start with short preview talks on each of the proposed discussion topics, followed by 1 hour of group discussions, run concurrently, with a designated leader and rapporteur. Each session will end with a plenary discussion of next steps.

For more information about the Byrd Center Symposium on Climate Change visit:

Midwest Climate Summit to Accelerate Climate Action for Midwest Region

If the 12 Midwest states were a country, it would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas-emitting nation on the planet. The Midwest Climate Summit, hosted by Ohio State and Washington University: St. Louis. with support from the Bloomberg Foundation, kicks off its Fall 2020 Think Tank program on Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. EDT, featuring Robert Bullard, the Father of Environmental Justice. The Think Tank continues with additional sessions Oct. 9, 23, Nov. 6, 20 and plans are being developed for a large spring event. Join us as experts from Ohio State and across the Midwest accelerate climate action, develop a Midwestern response and plan the next steps in solving our climate crisis.  About the summit:

Careers in Solar: Employer Q&A

Date and Time:  October 21, 2020, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

 Zoom program  

We currently have four industry professionals committed:

  • Julian Jackson from Powerhome
  • Sarah Moser from Savion LLC
  • Johnna Guinty also from Savion LLC 
  • Geoff Greenfield from Third Sun Solar

We will discuss the future of the solar industry, current technologies, and opportunities to get involved with the renewable energy industry.

To Register, visit


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