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OCT. 23-25





About the Summit

Why you should attend


About the Summit


The inaugural Future Leaders Climate Summit 2020 will gather ~100 young leaders (ages 18-30) from around the U.S. for three days to discuss climate policy, communications, advocacy, and individual action with climate and energy experts. By bringing together future leaders from diverse backgrounds with a variety of perspectives, this Summit aims to generate new ideas and solutions to today's climate crisis. The Summit aims to empower these leaders that will be shaping and driving our response to the climate crisis by:

  1. giving them the tools to create even greater change in their communities and beyond and 

  2. creating a robust network of climate leaders who will be able to work together in facing the greatest crisis of our time - the climate crisis.

Through interactive workshops, plenary panel discussions, and site visits, the Future Leaders will work to develop innovative ideas and recommendations to solve challenges: from mitigating the causes of climate change to preparing for and adapting to climate impacts and a rapidly changing world that will include more political unrest, migration, and conflict starting in their own backyards.

Workshops during the summit will give participants the tools to effectively push for change in their communities and the communication skills to connect climate change with the lives of everyday Americans. At the end of the Summit Future Leaders will make pledges during the Summit to complete an advocacy, education, direct action, or policy project in their community.  


We hope that you will consider applying to join us for this monumental inaugural gathering.

Summit Hosts

The Aspen Institute & University of Chicago

Future Leaders Climate Summit  2020  is hosted by the Aspen Institute's  Energy and Environment Program and Public Programs in partnership with the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy


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Summit Hosts

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. 

The Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program challenges thought leaders to test and shape energy, conservation, and environmental policies, governance systems, and institutions that support the wellbeing of both nature and society. The Program’s forums and dialogues are designed to cultivate leadership and develop collective solutions based on the ideal that both humankind and the natural world have intrinsic value. Like the Aspen Institute as a whole, the Energy and Environment Program seeks to inspire and explore new ideas that provoke action in the world.

The Aspen Institute Public Programs division aims to shine a light on the work that the Aspen Institute does as well as celebrate the diverse ideas of individuals globally who address the most serious issues of the day.  Its mission is to “educate, foster civil dialogue, and inspire innovative thinking” by way of convenings for public audiences large and small throughout the US and beyond.  The Aspen Ideas Festival, CityLab, and Global Inclusive Growth Summit exemplify this work. 

For more than three decades, the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy has been driven by the belief that evidence-based research, not ideology or intuition, is the best guide for public policy. At a time when trust in public institutions is fragile, Harris is leading the way to smarter decision making and better policymaking, training a new generation of leaders who are driven to change the world and know that making a social impact requires fresh thinking and different approaches.


Attend the Summit

Join fellow change-makers, experts and thought leaders in Chicago for three days of learning, networking and sharing experiences.


We welcome any future leader to apply for the Summit. Successful applicants will typically be between the ages of 18-30 years old with a demonstrated interest in climate change and leadership.


Registration for the Summit is now closed. We look forward to you applying in the fall for the 2021 Summit!

Apply to be a Future Leader

Attend the Summit



OCT. 23 - 25, 2020

*Subject to Change

Oct. 22

6:30-8:00 pm Networking Reception (optional)


Oct. 23

9:00 - 11:30 am Site Visits 

12:00 pm Lunch

12:30 - 1:30 pm Welcome Plenary Panel 

1:30 - 5:00 pm Afternoon Workshops 

Oct. 24


9:00 - 10:00 am Plenary Panel 

10:00 am - 12:00 pm Morning Workshops 

12:00 - 1:30 pm Plenary Lunch Panel 

1:30 - 5:00 pm Afternoon Workshops 

5:00 - 6:30 pm Break 

6:30 - 10:00 pm Reception & Dinner  (Featured Guest Speaker) 

Oct 25

9:00am - 1:00pm Closing Plenary Panel & Ceremony


The Venue

Ida Noyes Hall

1212 E 59th Street

Chicago, IL 60637

Completed in 1916, the Ida Noyes Hall was originally designed to be a women's gymnasium and social center at the University of Chicago. Today, this classic, old-world venue remains a social hub of the University. The Hall features a wrap-around view of the historic Midway Plaisance (a public park on the southside of Chicago) through its beautiful cathedral windows. 






Sustainability Initiatives 


In an effort to minimize the Future Leaders Climate Summit's environmental impact, we pledge to reduce waste, use recycled and recyclable materials, and offset the carbon emissions that Summit participants are estimated to produce through air travel, ground transportation, and the use of facilities in Chicago. 

The goal of these efforts is to not only reduce our environmental impact, but also to remind participants that there are many things we each can do on our own to help ensure a healthy environment for future generations. 

                                             The Future Leaders Climate Summit is proud to team with UCapture in a                                                               concerted effort to help offset carbon emissions. UCapture is a green-tech           

                                             platform that provides users simple tools that help you estimate, track and offset your carbon footprint. This novel platform gets stores to offset your carbon footprint, for free, when you shop and funds carbon offset projects such as the South Amazon Forest Protection. 

You can take part and help us even more by eliminating your share of the environmental impact, for free, just by joining UCapture and installing their free browser extension

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Future Leaders Climate Summit 2020



Future Leaders Climate Summit 


October 23-25, 2020


Ida Noyes Hall

1212 E 59th Street

Chicago, IL 60637

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