This session will focus on moving past education on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility toward action. This will be a BIPOC-led and -centered discussion about what Indiana organizations and individuals in environmental organizations are doing to cultivate a more environmentally just state. All individuals are welcome to attend and contribute, but a deep understanding of the racial, cultural, and societal implications for BIPOC and low-income communities is necessary. Please be prepared to speak in this open format dialogue that we hope will initiate cross-organizational support and collaboration.
"Coalition building, mastery of technical language, development of technical expertise, direct action, litigation and direct participatory democracy have all been used in various social reform movements for decades." -- Luke Cole and Sheila Foster, From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement.
- Tatjana Rebelle, director of equitable initiatives, Earth Charter Indiana
- Miranda Fausto, hispanic and latino outreach coordinator, Earth Charter Indiana
The built environment is directly responsible for significant carbon emissions and indirectly impacts other forms of emissions ranging from transportation to deforestation. Meeting the 2015 Paris Agreement and keeping global carbon emissions below 1.5 degrees Celsius will require aggressive carbon emissions reductions by 2030, just seven years from now.
Carbon emissions associated with the materials that constitute the built environment may be a more urgent consideration than the carbon emissions associated with operations which accumulate over the life of the building. This breakout session will define embodied carbon, compare operational and embodied carbon emissions, demonstrate software tools to calculate embodied carbon, and look at Indiana project case studies where total carbon was quantified and reduced.
Colleges and universities possess a treasure trove of researchers and motivated students seeking opportunities to address the climate crisis. Hear how faculty, students, and practitioners are teaming up to inform and make progress on local climate efforts and gain insight into leveraging and growing partnerships with colleges and universities.
- James Damico, professor of literacy, culture, and language education, IU School of Education
- Michael Hamburger, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, IU College of Arts and Sciences
- Adam Kuban, professor of journalism, Ball State University
- Adam Berland, associate professor of geography, Ball State University
- Sarah Mincey (moderator), managing director, IU Environmental Resilience Institute
You don’t need to have “sustainability” or “climate” in your job title to make meaningful contributions to climate goals. Every job can be a climate job. Hear from a panel of professionals who have found their climate inroad within the private and public sectors and pick up tips on how to work the climate fight into your job description.
- Brian Rockensuess, commissioner, Indiana Department of Environmental Management
- Julie D. Singer, financial advisor, Singer Wealth Advisory of Raymond James
- Lauren Guidotti, senior manager of communications, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Luke Jacobs, chief executive officer and co-founder, Encamp
- Danni Schaust (moderator), resilience program consultant, IU Environmental Resilience Institute