The Business Innovation and Climate Change Initiative will inform dialogue among a diverse set of stakeholders from business, nonprofit, government and academic arenas on the role of innovation in addressing climate change.
- How can we motivate leaders to tackle the challenges related to climate change?
- What role does government policy play to empower or restrict innovators and entrepreneurs?
- How should businesses best approach the clean innovation risks and opportunities before them?
The initiative, led by the Batten Institute, in partnership with UVA Darden’s Washington, D.C., office and in collaboration with other UVA schools, aims to answer these questions through leadership education, multi-stakeholder events, applied research and bipartisan analysis related to clean energy innovation.
The following activities are planned:
- A biannual Sustainability Innovators’ Roundtable will bring business leaders together to discuss issues related to climate change and other environmental challenges faced by industry. Briefings published following the roundtables will serve as key vehicles for engaging corporate stakeholders and bridging the gap between corporate sustainability offices and the government.
- A Jefferson Innovation Summit, to be held in February 2018, will convene corporate and nonprofit leaders, policy experts, academics, federal regulators and the media for in-depth dialogue and a workshop that will inform a “policy playbook” to encourage innovation across clean energy and green tech industries.
- A leadership academy, aimed at educating policymakers and influencers, will advance meaningful dialogue about business innovation and climate change among a rising generation of thought leaders.
- A fellows program will provide the opportunity for UVA students to spend meaningful time in a congressional office and help bridge the human capital gap on clean energy policy.