Friday, October, 11
Luncheon Plenary: Elections 2020: Environment and Climate on the Campaign Trail
October 10, 2019
12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Grand Ballroom, CSU's Lory Student Center


  • Jared Polis (Opening Remarks) Governor of Colorado
  • Lisa Friedman (Moderator) Reporter, Climate Desk, The New York Times
  • Guido Girgenti (Speaker) Founding Board Member and Communications Advisor, Sunrise Movement
  • Mandy Gunasekara (Speaker) Founder, Energy 45 Fund, and former Principle Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Heather McTeer Toney (Speaker) National Field Director, Moms Clean Air Force, and former Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Former Mayor of Greenville, Mississippi
  • Joseph Pinion (Speaker) Founder & Chair, Conservative Color Coalition


The 2020 election will offer a stark choice and contrast on U.S. environmental and energy policy. Through his first term, President Trump has withdrawn our country from the Paris Climate Agreement, accelerated oil and gas drilling offshore and on public lands, tried to revive coal mining and power production, and slammed wind and solar energy as unreliable. Meanwhile, Democratic Party presidential candidates are competing to be the environmental contender in 2020. That includes more than a half-dozen who have already expressed support for the Green New Deal, the massive reform initiative that calls for a “10-year national mobilization” to transition the country to a 100-percent renewable-energy, zero-emissions economy. This plenary will bring together politicians and campaign advisors to discuss the Green New Deal and what national environmental policy will look like beyond 2020, under either a Republican or Democratic president.

This event is full. It will be live-streamed on Facebook.

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