In our fifth Local Government Summit, the Wisconsin Academy and partners held a virtual Summit to share practical resources and explore emerging issues in local energy planning and resilience in Wisconsin communities. Local government and tribal leaders and representatives from organizations actively serving as resources to these communities were invited to attend the Summit.
The Summit featured Kevin Bush, Deputy Assistant for Grant Programs for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as our keynote speaker. Bush provided an overview of HUD grant programs and how they can be used for climate change mitigation, adaption, and resilience. He also discussed the Biden administration’s “Build Back Better” plan and gave a preview of future funding opportunities coming for local municipalities. Following the keynote were multiple concurrent sessions and a plenary session featuring Steve Vavrus, Senior Scientist with the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research. Vavrus discussed the impact changing weather patterns will have in Wisconsin.
- Introduction: 0:00 - 9:00 minutes
- Keynote Session: 9:00 - 41:00 minutes
- Plenary Session: 41:00 - 1 hour 34 minutes
- Synthesis and wrap-up: 1 hour 34 minutes - 1 hour 55 minutes