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2020 Climate Action Update

December 9, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

2020 is a major benchmark year for climate goals, with national governments, cities, states, corporations, higher education institutions, faith-based groups, and investors aiming to reach initial targets by this year. The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to join us for a briefing to assess progress towards climate mitigation and adaptation goals in the United States as we reach the last few weeks of 2020. What climate goals have been met and where did they fall short? What challenges emerged and what innovations and policies helped?

The briefing will feature a presentation of two major reports, We Are Still In to Deliver America’s Pledge: A Retrospective and Delivering on America’s Pledge: Achieving Climate Progress in 2020. Together, the reports cover progress made by states, cities, and businesses to reduce emissions since 2017 and explore the implications of COVID-19 on reaching 2030 emission reduction goals.

The presentation will be followed by a moderated discussion focused on what Congress can learn from the policies and on-the-ground projects that have driven emission reductions in recent years.

Speakers for this forum are:

  • Carla Frisch, Senior Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute | @RockyMtnInst
  • Nate Hultman, Founder and Director, Center for Global Sustainability; Associate Professor, University of Maryland | @CtrGlobSust
  • Brandon Wu, Director of Policy and Campaigns, ActionAid USA | @actionaidusa
  • Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy | @BCSECleanEnergy
  • Elan Strait, Director, U.S. Climate Campaigns, World Wildlife Fund | @wearestillin

As we look to the start of the 117th Congress, this briefing will provide a succinct overview of U.S. climate actions to date and will preview critical next steps needed at the local, state, federal, and international levels to address the climate crisis.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP.

Materials from this briefing will be posted here after the event.


Wednesday, December 9, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EST

A live webcast will be streamed at 3 PM EST at www.eesi.org/livecast
Join the conversation online: @eesionline        #eesitalk


December 9, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Environmental and Energy Study Institute