Back to All Events

The Next Frontier of Climate Change: State and Local Action in Chicago

Location: Booth School of Business, Harper Center, Room 104

State and local politicians, especially those whose communities have suffered from the recent spike in extreme weather events, have been far quicker than Congress to embrace meaningful climate change policies. How are state and local actors in Illinois coming together to address climate change and implement new policies? Are these case studies and pockets of success enough to achieve broad- scale climate action in the coming years? What will it take to bring climate change to the forefront of policy debates?

On Friday, April 10, The New Republic, in partnership with the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago, will host The Next Frontier of Climate Change: State and Local Action in Chicago at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Charles M. Harper Center. The program, featuring EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, will address climate change action and implementation at the state and local level and shed light on the Administration's plan to introduce climate policy in 2015.

Featuring: Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator


Welcome Remarks: Robert Brennan, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, The New Republic

Introductory Remarks: Michael Quigley, Member, U.S. House of Representatives (D-IL 5th)

Headline Interview: Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • Moderator: Jeffrey Ball, Scholar-in-Residence, Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, and Contributor, The New Republic

Panel Discussion: City Approaches to Confronting Climate Change

Moderator: Jeffrey Ball


  • Emma Berndt, Executive Director, Urban Energy and Sustainability Lab, University of Chicago
  • Katherine Gajewski, Chief Sustainability Officer, Philadelphia
  • Amy Francetic, Chief Executive Officer, Clean Energy Trust
  • Gabriel Pacyniak, Climate Change Mitigation Program Manager, Georgetown Law Climate Center

Panel Discussion: State Efforts to Implement Climate Legislation

Moderator: Michael Greenstone, Director, Energy Policy Institute at Chicago


  • Doug Scott, Former ICC Chair & IEPA Head, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Great Plains Institute
  • Michael Polsky, President and CEO, Invenergy

RSVP, space is limited.

Not in Chicago? Watch the event LIVE here

Cost: Free