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Regional Roundtables

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions is hosting a series of regional roundtables to elevate the perspectives of a diverse set of stakeholders deeply embedded in their communities and uniquely positioned to speak to the needs of their states and regions. They are also meant to create opportunities to integrate local perspectives into state and federal policy contexts and, importantly, identify concrete steps to better align the long-term vitality of these communities with the urgent task of facilitating economy-wide decarbonization.

These conversations bring together local, state, and federal policymakers; businesses of all sizes; community organizations and nonprofits; leading academics and issue experts; trade associations; investors; and philanthropy. We have held ten of these roundtables to date in nearly every region of the country.

Scroll through this page or jump to a section using the options below to learn more about the challenges key regions of the country are facing and the opportunities they have to leverage decarbonization for economic growth.

Read our latest policy brief: Accelerating Vehicle Electrification in Michigan

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Horace Wilkinson Bridge crosses over the Mississippi River at night in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

2022 Regional Roundtables

Florida

Advancing Resilience and Economic Development in Southeast Florida

Our Southeast Florida roundtable focused on Miami explored opportunities to leverage economic development, public and private investment to bolster climate resilience in the region, as well as the ways in which proactive climate resilience measures can help attract and retain businesses in a thriving local economy.

Louisiana

Securing Louisiana’s Role in a Decarbonized Future

Our Louisiana roundtable examined how the accelerating global shift toward low-carbon industry may impact Louisiana’s global competitiveness; how strategies to decarbonize industry can serve fence-line communities and the workers who power the state’s economy; and what steps need to be taken at the state and federal levels to align climate and economic objectives in Louisiana.

Michigan

Accelerating Vehicle Electrification in Michigan

Our Michigan roundtable explored vehicle electrification, including ways to accelerate the deployment of charging infrastructure to support a rapidly electrifying vehicle fleet, and how the changing needs of the electric vehicle industry will shape the automotive workforce of tomorrow.

Salt Lake City skyline Utah in USA

2021 Regional Roundtables

Utah

Fueling a Low-carbon Future in Utah: The Role of Hydrogen

Our Utah roundtable explored the growing interest in hydrogen in Utah, the challenges that must be addressed to realize the industry’s potential, and how investments in hydrogen innovation and infrastructure could spur economic development in the state.

Arizona

Building a Thriving, Clean and Equitable Economy in Arizona

Our Arizona roundtable, in partnership with Arizona Thrives and Arizona Forward, explored the role of clean power in facilitating Arizona’s transition to an equitable, resilient, and low-carbon economy.

West Virginia

Investing in West Virginia’s Future: Aligning Climate and Economic Development

Our West Virginia roundtable considered ways to leverage West Virginia’s strengths to attract private investments that could create a vibrant and diversified economy that can thrive in a low-carbon future; barriers to investment; and how policymakers can partner with the private sector to address these barriers and support industry and economic growth in West Virginia.

Des Moines Skyline and Iowa Women of Achievement bridge in USA

2020 Regional Roundtables

Ohio

Enhancing Industrial Competitiveness by Reducing Emissions 

Our Columbus, Ohio, roundtable explored solutions to industrial energy efficiency and clean thermal heat in the industrial sector.

Iowa

Soil Health and the Bioeconomy

 Our Iowa roundtable in Des Moines explored solutions for enhancing soil health for profitability, water quality, and carbon sequestration and accelerating the bioeconomy.

Illinois

Decarbonizing Buildings

Our Illinois roundtable in Chicago explored energy efficiency and environmental justice in the residential building sector, as well as decarbonizing commercial and public buildings.

Texas

Getting to Zero: A Regional Roundtable

Our Texas roundtable in Houston explored the future of the oil and gas industry, the challenges of decarbonizing urban transportation, and opportunities to enhance U.S. industrial competitiveness.