2020 PLANET FORWARD SUMMIT

OCTOBER 8-10

CLIMATE CHANGE:

THE STORY OF OUR GENERATION

Climate change is the story of our generation, and what defines that story is how we tell it – and the action we take because of it.

All around the world, new voices are emerging as powerful changemakers who are running against the clock to prevent irreversible shifts to our global climate. These are the new activists, innovators, policymakers and others who inspire audiences to take action in their local communities.

 

But, how do they drive their audiences to this critical point?

At the 2020 Planet Forward Summit, learn how the best environmental change agents use storytelling to transform their audiences from passive listeners to engaged doers.

The Summit takes place April 2-3, 2020 at the Jack Morton Auditorium where we gather students and academics, as well as corporate leaders, scientists, journalists and more for high-impact learning and networking.

 

Register today to reserve your seat at the 2020 Planet Forward Summit.

GET INSPIRED

Learn why inspirational stories are the most motivational - and effective - to drive action.

GET EDUCATED

Learn the very best in communication techniques that you can apply immediately to your environmental stories.

GET MOBILIZED

Learn how you can create a movement for the planet on your campus and in your community.

GET CONNECTED

Connect with leading journalists, policymakers, innovators and more and apply for exclusive internship and job opportunities.

 4 REASONS YOU SHOULD ATTEND THE SUMMIT 

 

MEET THE SPEAKERS

FRANK SESNO

Founder, Planet Forward; Director

George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs

CO-HOST

DR. IMANI CHEERS

Director of Academic Adventures

Planet Forward

CO-HOST

SUSAN JIN DAVIS

VP Environmental Affairs, Chief Sustainability Officer, Comcast

JACOB LEBEL

Activist, Juliana v. United States

Our Children's Trust

VIMLENDRA SHARAN

Director,

FAO Liaison Office for 
North America

MEGHAN CHAPPLE

Director, Office of Sustainability

George Washington University

YESSENIA FUNES

Journalist, Earther

DR. JOANNA HUXSTER

Assistant Professor of
Environmental Studies,
 
Eckerd College

MARIANO LOZANO

CEO

Danone North America

GOV. LARRY HOGAN

(Invited)

State of Maryland

SABIRAH MAHMUD

National Logistics Coordinator

Youth Climate Strike

DR. LAURIE PATTON

President

Middlebury College

LISA
PALMER

National Geographic Visiting Professor of Science Communication

George Washington University

BILL
WEIR

Chief Climate Correspondent,

CNN

EUGENIA
HARVEY

Project Director/Executive Producer, WNET New York Public Media

 

AGENDA

Day One | April 2

The George Washington University

805 21st St. NW

8:00 am

Breakfast & Networking

Coffee & vegan breakfast

GW SCHOOL OF MEDIA & PUBLIC AFFAIRS,

2ND FLOOR ATRIUM

8:30 am

GW Moving the Planet Forward

Frank Sesno, Co-Host, Planet Forward; Director, GW School of Media & Public Affairs

 

Dr. Imani Cheers, Co-Host, Planet Forward; Associate Professor, GW School of Media & Public Affairs

 

Meghan Chapple, Director, Office of Sustainability; Senior Advisor on University Sustainability Initiatives

JACK MORTON AUDITORIUM, MAIN FLOOR

10:30 am

NETWORKING BREAK &
STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

2ND FLOOR ATRIUM

11:00 am | KEYNOTE

Diversity, Sustainability, and Leadership

Susan Jin Davis, Chief Sustainability Officer, Comcast NBCUniversal

JACK MORTON AUDITORIUM

11:40 am | KEYNOTE DISCUSSION

9:00 am | KEYNOTE PANEL

New Voices, Powerful Stories:
Youth Leadership on Climate

Jacob Lebel, climate activist, Youth Plaintiff, Juliana v. United States; former Planet Forward Correspondent

Sabirah Mahmud, climate activist, National Logistics Director, U.S. Youth Climate Strike

 

Youth action has inspired new narrative, mediacoverage and policy on climate change. High school and college students share their stories, how they are combatting the climate crisis, and the importance of seeking climate justice.

9:30 am | PANEL

How Media Frames the
Climate Emergency

Yessenia Funes, Senior Staff Writer, Earther

Dr. Jo Huxster, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Eckerd College

 

Eugenia Harvey, Project Director/Executive Producer, WNET New York Public Media

Bill Weir, Chief Climate Correspondent, CNN

 

News media has gotten real on climate. Why? How is the story resonating with the audience? How are they framing the story? Writers and scholars share their most impactful stories and discuss the approach to communicate the broader, urgent story of our changing planet.

Dr. Laurie Patton, President, Middlebury College

College presidents across the country have pledged to address climate change through the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments. One school hastaken that commitment to the next level. Middlebury College President Laurie Patton discussesthe role college presidents have in driving leadershipon issues surrounding our climate.

12:10 pm

BREAK FOR LUNCH

12:30 pm | KEYNOTE CONVERSATION

Speaker TBA

MARVIN CENTER GRAND BALLROOM

800 21ST ST. NW

2:00 pm 

Breakout Sessions

Final details to come in March

SCHOOL OF MEDIA & PUBLIC AFFAIRS

805 21ST ST. NW

 

DISTRICT HOUSE

2121 H ST. NW

10:00 am | PANEL

Students With Impact

Planet Forward Correspondents and students share how their storytelling is bringing awareness, driving change, and influencing their future careers in sustainability.

4:30 pm | KEYNOTE CONVERSATION

Speaker TBA

JACK MORTON AUDITORIUM

805 21ST ST. NW

10:20 am | STUDENT OPPORTUNITY

Travel with the U.N. to Rome, Italy

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the U.N. has teamed up with Planet Forward to tell stories about climate change, nutrition and food security. Vimlendra Sharan, FAO North American Liaison, shares an opportunity for you to influence world leaders with your stories.

TO SEE DAY 2, CLICK DOTS BELOW OR USE ARROWS MID-AGENDA.

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LODGING

Looking for a place to stay? We have a few recommendations. Take a look:

Hotel Hive

A sustainability-minded boutique hotel just a couple blocks away from the Jack Morton Auditorium. Within walking distance to the Summit, monuments, great restaurants, and the Foggy Bottom Metro station.

One Washington Circle

A hotel just a couple blocks away from the Jack Morton Auditorium. Located between GW's Foggy Bottom campus and the historic Georgetown neighborhood with plenty of delicious coffee shops and restaurants.

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A hotel located just a block away from the Jack Morton Auditorium and around the corner from the Foggy Bottom Metro station. Also close to the historic Georgetown neighborhood, monuments, and great restaurants.

 

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2020 PLANET FORWARD SUMMIT

Jack Morton Auditorium

805 21st St. N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20052

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