Symposium

Climate Change Vulnerabilities and Opportunities: Michigan and Beyond

How will climate change affect Michigan? How can Michigan respond?

This symposium addressed these urgent questions.

A focus of the symposium was Michigan’s Climate Action Plan, launched in 2009. MCAP is intended to guide the State’s action on climate change. The conference reviewed current action in key areas of MCAP and looked at how to move it forward.

The symposium also examined what climate change means in diverse segments of society and the environment, from health to transportation.

The symposium took place at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the MSU campus on April 26 and 27, 2010. It brought together people from government, academia, business and non-governmental organizations, as well as interested citizens.

The symposium was sponsored by the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station, as a continuation of the Distinguished Lecture Series on Bioeconomy and Global Climate Change.

Below, for each session, we provide 1) speaker abstracts and bios; 2) speaker PowerPoints; and 3) video of the presentation (not available for all sessions). Please contact us with any questions. In some cases, videos do not show PowerPoints clearly; we suggest you download the separate PowerPoint file in addition.


Agenda

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Symposium Agenda for April 26
8 - 8:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast in lobby outside auditorium
8:30 - 10 a.m.
Auditorium

Plenary: Planning for climate change in Michigan View speaker biosketches

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Moderated by Mike Beaulac, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment

10 - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Auditorium

Plenary: Economic impacts of mitigation and adaptation strategies View speaker biosketches

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Moderated by Dr. Jinhua Zhao, Economics and Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, MSU

11:45 a.m. - Noon Break
Noon - 1 p.m.
Big Ten C

Plenary and lunch: Michigan's changing climate View speaker abstracts and biosketches

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1 - 1:15 p.m. Break
1:15 - 2:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Room 103

Row crop agriculture and climate mitigation: A science perspective View speaker abstracts and biosketches
(organized by Dr. Neville Millar and Dr. G. Phillip Robertson, MSU)

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Linked with Breakout Session "Agriculture: A policy perspective" at 3 p.m.

Room 104

Energy supply: Revisiting the Michigan Climate Action Plan View speaker abstracts and biosketches

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Moderated by Dr. Maya Fischhoff, Environmental Science and Policy Program, MSU

Room 105

Transportation, land use, and cities: Revisiting the Michigan Climate Action Plan View speaker abstracts and biosketches

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Moderated by Mike Beaulac, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment

2:45 - 3 p.m. Break
3 - 4:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Room 103

Agriculture: A policy perspective View speaker biosketches
(organized by Dr. Neville Millar and Dr. G. Phillip Robertson, MSU)

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Linked with Breakout Session "Row crop agriculture" at 1:15 p.m.

Room 104

Residential, commercial and industrial efficiency: Revisiting the Michigan Climate Action Plan View speaker abstracts and biosketches

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Moderated by Mike Beaulac, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment

Room 105

Michigan's public health response to climate change View speaker abstracts and biosketches

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  Closing sessions
4:40 - 5:30 p.m.
Auditorium

Plenary and discussion: Next steps for Michigan View speaker abstract and biosketch

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Moderated by Mike Beaulac, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Big Ten B

Reception and poster session
Poster abstracts[PDF].

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Symposium Agenda for April 27
8 - 8:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast in lobby
8:30 - 10 a.m. Breakout Sessions
Room 103 Biofuels done right: Integrating agricultural production with new technologies to create a sustainable biofuel economy View speaker abstracts and biosketches

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Room 104

Climate in the media View speaker abstracts and biosketches

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Moderated by Jim Detjen, director, MSU Knight Center for Environmental Journalism
Room 105

Understanding climate change: Insights from public opinion research View speaker abstracts and biosketches

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Note: This talk continued through the second breakout session at 10:15 a.m. Additionally, the afternoon had an open workshop on these topics. See here for details.

10 - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 - 11:45 a.m. Breakout sessions
Room 103

Making smart decisions: Exploring the Smart Grid at Michigan State University View speaker abstracts and biosketches

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Room 104 Communities preparing for climate change: Insights from community development and roundtable discussion View session abstract and speaker biosketches

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Room 105 Understanding climate change: Insights from public opinion research View Abstract

This session is a continuation of the "Public and climate change" session held from 8:30 - 10 a.m. in Room 105. Please see earlier session for PowerPoints and videos. See here for more description of the mini-symposium.
11:45 a.m. - Noon Break
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Big Ten C
Lunch and structured listening session with affiliates of Regional Integrated Science and Assessment Center View abstract and speaker biosketches

MSU, the University of Michigan and other colleges and universities in the region are creating a center to examine the effects of climate change on the watersheds of Lake Huron and Erie. The research priorities for this effort will be developed in collaboration with stakeholders and this session was a first effort to identify those priorities. Watch the listening session. (No PowerPoints were used.)

The session is led by RISA Principal Investigators:
  • Dr. Tom Dietz, Sociology and Environmental Science and Policy, MSU
  • Dr. Don Scavia, School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Graham Sustainability Institute, UM


See Information from Previous Climate Symposia