A Call for Student Solutions to Climate Risk Management Challenges

a call for student solutions to climate risk management challenges
January 23, 2020

Over the Summer of 2019, the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, the Penn Program on Regulation, and the Faculty Senate at the University of Pennsylvania hosted a virtual ideation session to generate new policy-relevant and solution-oriented ideas for tackling one or more of three interrelated types of climate risk:

  • Mitigation: How do we reduce emissions rapidly to minimize the risks of catastrophic shifts in earth systems?
  • Adaptation: How do we reduce the risks of physical climate impacts to households, communities, and businesses?
  • Transition: How do we minimize the transition risks for businesses and communities as we shift to a carbon-free economy in the face of uncertainty?

 Researchers across the University of Pennsylvania proposed a total of 30 solutions to climate risks.  As we approach the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with a looming climate crisis, we now invite students from across the university (any school, department, or program) to submit their own climate risk solutions.  Please follow the format and style of those posted this past summer at climaterisksolutions.upenn.edu.  Submissions cannot exceed 1,000 words.

A jury with representatives for The Wharton Risk Center and the Kleinman Center will judge the submissions.  The top 10 undergraduate submission and the top 10 graduate submissions as decided by the jury will be published on the website and widely distributed.  Criteria for judging includes being grounded in research, innovative, well-developed, and feasible.  Feel free to include "next steps" needed to get your solution off the ground.

Although the challenge of addressing climate change can be daunting, with risks of potentially costly impacts affecting all sectors of the economy, we seek solutions to showcase forward change is possible everywhere. The solutions can span the local to the global, the household to the federal government.  Please share your ideas with us!

Please submit your solution to Zoë Linder-Baptie, Resilience Projects Manager at the Wharton Risk Center (zoelb@wharton.upenn.edu), by March 15th, 2020.