PSI Speaker Series: Can Cities and States Solve the Climate Crisis?
The Phoenix Sustainability Initiative (PSI) Speaker Series presents Chris Wheat, Strategy Director American Cities Climate Change Challenge at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and former chief sustainability officer for Chicago. Chris will discuss the efforts of cities, states, businesses and other organizations in the U.S. to mitigate climate change in the absence of federal action. Amir Jina, assistant professor at the Harris school, will moderate the discussion, which will be followed by a screening of the documentary "Paris to Pittsburg." (watch the tailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFznn8FNRbU).
Saieh Hall for Economics
5757 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
Chris Wheat is Director of Strategy and City Engagement for the American Cities Climate Challenge at the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Challenge is a new initiative funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies to accelerate climate change actions in 25 cities around the U.S. Chris joined the Challenge after spending seven years in the Office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Chris held several positions in the Emanuel administration, including director of the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team, Chicago’s Chief Sustainability Officer, and, most recently, the Mayor’s Chief of Policy. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Chris holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.