Who We Are

Northern Arizona University (NAU), alongside partners from around the state, will host this two-day summit. Located in the City of Flagstaff and near the neighboring Navajo and Hopi Nations on the Colorado Plateau, NAU is recognized nationally and internationally for its research on ecosystem responses to climate change, from drylands to the Arctic, and on health equity, including the impacts of climate change on the health of vulnerable communities.

The Navajo Nation has demonstrated state and regional leadership in renewable energy. And in 2018, the City of Flagstaff passed and is implementing an ambitious and forward-looking Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, establishing a model for proactive and community-informed urban decision-making around climate change.

This nexus of leadership and commitment to addressing the climate change challenge make NAU and Flagstaff a vibrant host location—a model of both regional partnerships and cutting-edge research.

Learn about our steering committee.


Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech

The Hon. Bruce Babbitt, Former Governor of Arizona


Arizona Biomedical Research Commission

Center for Ecosystem Science and Society, Northern Arizona University

The Center for Health Equity Research, Northern Arizona University

Global Futures Laboratory, Arizona State University

The Green Fund, Northern Arizona University

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

Student Activities Council, Northern Arizona University

The Sustainability Program, City of Flagstaff

Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona

Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Woods Hole Research Center

Vitalyst Foundation