The Midwest Climate Resilience Conference is intended to:
Provide a venue for meaningful climate adaptation and resilience dialogue amongst a diverse set of voices and perspectives including representatives from communities who are most impacted
Share experiences, lessons learned, research, and resources across sectors and scales of governance, management, and decision making related to climate adaptation and resilience
Celebrate successes and inspire collective action through coordination and collaboration across the region
Connect and grow the regional network of climate adaptation and resilience practitioners by encouraging and supporting participation from a wide range of sectors, organizations, levels of government, and communities
The University of Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership (MCAP) has hosted a Minnesota climate adaptation conference since 2013, designed to bring together representatives from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to inspire and enable climate adaptation in communities throughout Minnesota. In 2023, in collaboration with regional and national partners, we built on past conference success and expanded our efforts to host a broader Midwest Climate Resilience Conference. The conference served as a regional adaptation forum in alternate years of the National Adaptation Forum for community leaders, policy and decision makers, resource managers, researchers, and others working actively on climate adaptation and resilience.
We have learned that there is no substitute for in-person learning and networking opportunities. The Midwest Climate Resilience Conference provided a unique opportunity to:
Share expertise, research, and learn from others
Catch up with colleagues
Meet other climate adaptation and resilience practitioners in the region
Identify opportunities for collaboration
Conference Code of Conduct
The University of Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership (MCAP) and our partners, sponsors, and event hosts were committed to providing a safe, welcoming, and productive experience for everyone at the 2023 Midwest Climate Resilience Conference, regardless of gender, gender expression, age, race or ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, or religion. To that end, we asked all conference attendees to comply with our Conference Code of Conduct to ensure an inclusive and welcoming space for all.
Attendees of the 2023 Midwest Climate Resilience Conference gathered on the past, present, and future lands of the Anishinaabe, specifically the Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, who have called Onigamiinsing (Duluth) home for many generations. The City of Duluth is located on the traditional, ancestral, and contemporary lands of Indigenous people, lands cared for and called home by Ojibwe, the Dakota and Northern Cheyenne people, and other Native peoples from time immemorial. Ceded in the 1854 Treaty, this land holds both historical and present-day ancestral, spiritual, cultural, legal and personal significance for the Native nations and peoples of this region, in particular the Ojibwe. Learn more in our full Land Acknowledgement.
Who should attend the Midwest Climate Resilience Conference?
Government (local, state, Tribal, federal) agency personnel
NGOs and Foundations
MCAP conducts cutting-edge climate and adaptation research, champions climate leadership, develops the next generation of adaptation professionals, and advances implementation of effective, equitable adaptation actions across sectors, communities, and levels of government. As a core part of our mission, we are hosting the Midwest Climate Resilience Conference to inspire and encourage climate adaptation in communities throughout Minnesota and the Midwest region. MCAP is honored to have collaborated with a diverse group of partners to host the 2023 Midwest Climate Resilience Conference.