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Decarbonization Ecosystems: The Impact of University Partnerships

Kimberly Marion Suiseeya, Buffett Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University

When: Saturday, December 9, 2023
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM CT

Where: Online
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Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs   (847) 467-2770

Group: Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Sponsor: U7+ Alliance of World Universities

Co-Sponsor: Trienens Institute

Category: Global & Civic Engagement, Academic, Environment & Sustainability


Kimberly Marion Suiseeya, Northwestern Buffett Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of Political Science, will participate in this official side event at the 28th Conference of Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

This side event is a panel discussion hosted by the U7+ Alliance of World Universities, the first coalition of university presidents aimed at defining concrete actions universities can take to collectively address global challenges in coordination with government leaders in G7 countries and beyond. Northwestern serves as the U7+ Alliance's Secretariat, and the Secretariat is housed at the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs.

The panel will discuss real life examples of how universities are working with communities and industry to support 2050 net zero emission targets through various research and conversations in the fields of innovation, policy, buildings and strategic partnerships. The panel will also shed light on the role of universities in driving social justice, equity and youth leadership and ensuring no one is left behind in the energy transition. This panel features the University of Toronto's 46-partner decarbonization project, decarbonization guidelines from the Italian University Network (RUS) and the Climate Leadership Network's 450+ institution decarbonization plans, and the United Kingdom Universities and U7+ Climate Network leadership initiative.

Date and time: December 9 from 18:30–20:00 GMT+4 (8:30–10:00 a.m. in Chicago)

Livestream information: This event is available to watch live and on-demand via the COP28 Side Events YouTube channel.

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