UCI Climate Alliance Conference

Reimagining UCI in a climate-changed world

April 18, 2022 - 9:00AM - 5:00PM


Open to UCI faculty, staff, and students

An interactive conference to build connections, collaborations, and a vision for the future


8:45 AM

Coffee & Pastries
Crystal Cove Lobby


9:00 AM – 9:05 AM

Crystal Cove Auditorium

9:05 AM – 10:15 AM
Session 1 Presentations


The Changing Climate System
Crystal Cove Auditorium

How is the climate system changing? How has climate change already altered the landscape in California and elsewhere (e.g., wildfires and risks to farmworkers, changing ecosystems such as the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, drought conditions, changes within industries of central importance to California such as oil and gas, renewable fuels, agriculture, and goods movement, etc.)?

Panelists: Kate Mackey, Claudia Czimczik, Adam Schneider, Celia Faiola, Christopher Olivares, Jane Baldwin, Mike Pritchard


10:20 AM – 10:45 AM

Coffee Break
Crystal Cove Lobby


10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Session 2 Presentations

Session 2:

Adaptation, Social Change, and Just Transition
Crystal Cove Auditorium

How can society adapt to climate change? How can we protect ecosystems and communities as the climate system changes? How do we build collective understanding around climate change? How do we create social and political attitudes, movements, and institutions for fair and responsible change?


12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM

Doheny Beach BCD


1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Changing Academic Structures, Roles, and Responsibilities Breakout Sessions
Emerald Bay & Crystal Cove Auditorium

Given that climate change has arrived in California, how must UCI research, teaching, and outreach change? What institutional structures should be created to enhance existing centers of excellence? How should the classroom, modes of instruction, and experiential learning adapt? What new roles could, or should, the university play in response to the climate crisis?


2:15 PM – 2:45 PM



2:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Synthesis and Vision for the Campus
Crystal Cove Auditorium

Synthesizing the discussion from breakout groups, this session will help build consensus and identify action items for re-imagining UCI in a climate-changed world.


4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Doheny Beach BCD