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Researchers, policymakers, and community leaders are invited to the La Follette Forum: Climate Policy on Wednesday, October 6. Katharine Wilkinson, co-founder of The All We Can Save Project, will give the opening keynote address during the La Follette School’s second annual policy forum supported by the Kohl Initiative.

The daylong conference is free; however, online registration is required. Participants may register for on-site, virtual, and hybrid options.

Wilkinson is an author, teacher, co-founder of The All We Can Save Projectand co-host of the podcast A Matter of Degrees. Her books on climate include All We Can Save, The Drawdown Review, Drawdown, and Between God & Green. In 2019, Time magazine named her one of the 15 Women Leading the Fight Against Climate Change.

The climate policy forum will feature six breakout sessions, and in-person participants will have several networking opportunities, including an evening reception.

Participants may watch the presentations in real-time or online after the conference. Breakout sessions will focus on:

Panelists will include:

  • Lieutenant Gov. Mandela Barnes
  • Kathy Blumenfeld, Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions secretary
  • Scott Coenen, Executive Director, Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum
  • Kathleen Falk, Former Dane County Executive
  • Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold
  • James Edward Mills, journalist
  • Randy Romanski (MPA ’98), Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection secretary
  • Erick Shambarger (MPA ‘02), City of Milwaukee director of sustainability

The Kohl Initiative was created with a $10 million gift from former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl in 2019. It focuses on three La Follette School priorities: to expand its public outreach mission, to advance the training of future public leaders, and to support influential research by faculty and students.

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Author Wilkinson to offer keynote at Oct. 6 climate policy forum 

Katharine Wilkinson, co-founder of The All We Can Save Project, will give the opening keynote address during the La Follette School’s second annual policy forum supported by the Kohl Initiative. The daylong climate policy conference Wednesday, October 6 is free, although online registration is required. 

Researchers, policymakers, and community leaders are invited to the La Follette Forum: Climate Policy at UW–Madison’s Union South. Participants may register for on-site, virtual, and hybrid options.  

Wilkinson is an author, teacher, co-founder of The All We Can Save Projectand co-host of the podcast A Matter of Degrees. Her books on climate include All We Can SaveThe Drawdown ReviewDrawdown, and Between God & Green. In 2019, Time magazine named her one of the 15 Women Leading the Fight Against Climate Change 

A former Rhodes Scholar, Wilkinson has been passionate about protecting the planet since she attended the Outdoor Academy 20 years ago as a high school student in North Carolina. One of her guiding principles is the need to shift the climate-change discourse to “be more courageous and more emotionally intelligent,” she says, and Drawdown is “about moving through what is hard and continuing to rise to the challenge.”  

The climate policy forum will feature six breakout sessions, and in-person participants will have several networking opportunities, including an evening reception.  

“We have an exciting agenda, top-notch panelists, and high expectations for engaging conversations about innovative solutions to one of our most challenging policy issues,” said Professor Greg Nemet, who is leading the conference with Assistant Professor Morgan Edwards. 

Participants may watch the presentations in real-time or online after the conference. Breakout sessions will focus on:  

Panelists will include:

  • Lieutenant Gov. Mandela Barnes
  • Kathy Blumenfeld, Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions secretary
  • Scott Coenen, Executive Director, Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum
  • Kathleen Falk, Former Dane County Executive
  • Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold
  • James Edward Mills, journalist
  • Randy Romanski (MPA ’98), Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection secretary
  • Erick Shambarger (MPA ‘02), City of Milwaukee director of sustainability

The Kohl Initiative was created with a $10 million gift from former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl in 2019. It focuses on three La Follette School priorities: to expand its public outreach mission, to advance the training of future public leaders, and to support influential research by faculty and students.

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