Tony Bennett,

Climate Change and Health: Readiness and Resilience

Tue March 10 2020 • 12:00 Noon — 1:30 PM
Location: Dow Auditorium, Towsley Center for Continuing Medical Education, University of Michigan
Livestream (Recorded):
North Campus Watch Party: The North Campus Sustainability Initiative will be organizing a watch party for this event in Room 3358 A/B of the Duderstadt Center.
Hashtags: #ClimateChangesHealth #A2EarthDay; Please follow us on Twitter at @M_LEEaD
Our climate is our planet’s life support system
Our climate is our planet’s life support system. Climate change influences human health and disease in numerous ways including impacts from increased extreme weather events, wildfire, decreased air quality, and illnesses transmitted by food, water, and diseases carriers such as mosquitoes and ticks. As described in the Lancet Countdown report, some existing health threats will intensify and new health threats will emerge with a changing climate. Not everyone is equally at risk, and children are especially vulnerable. Preventive and adaptive actions are needed.
Renee N. Salas, MD, MPH, MS Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School and emergency medicine physician, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Salas is an emergency medicine physician who co-authored the U.S. portion of the Lancet Countdown report and The Climate Crisis — Health and Care Delivery in the New England Journal of Medicine. A panel of experts will present solutions from a variety of other universities who are reducing their carbon footprint in response to the urgent public health need.
Dr. Salas will present the keynote address “Climate Action: Children’s Health Drives Need for Urgent Action”.
Welcoming remarks from Joseph C. Kolars, M.D. Senior Associate Dean for Education and Global Initiatives; Josiah Macy Jr, Professor of Health Professions Education; Professor of Internal Medicine, UM Medical School
Joseph C. Kolars, M.D., became the first senior associate dean for education and global initiatives on June 1, 2009. He serves as the Medical School’s lead for the oversight and expansion of the education mission and global initiatives. In this role, he leads efforts to adapt and enhance the full spectrum of medical training — from undergraduate to continuing education to biomedical research education — and to bring it together with global impact. Dr. Kolars is the 2020 recipient of the Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
Moderator: Trish Koman, PhD, MPP
Trish Koman, PhD, MPP, is a research investigator at the University of Michigan School of Public Health Environmental Health Sciences department and the faculty research program manager at the College of Engineering Multidisciplinary Design. A former government scientist, Trish leads community-engaged research to create healthier communities.
Solutions Discussion
Guy O. Williams, President and CEO, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice
Guy O. Williams is President & CEO of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice and Principal & Founder of G.O. Williams & Associates, L.L.C., strategic advisors for sustainable community and environmentally related programs. The recipient of Bucknell University’s 2016 Alumni Association Award for Service to Humanity, Williams was also named 2014 Michigan Green Leader by the Detroit Free Press. He is Chair Emeritus of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy Board of Governors. A Director on the Boards of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (Chair 2013–2016) and Pesticide Action Network North America, he also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors and the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessment Center.
Mike Garfield, Director, Ecology Center
Michael Garfield has worked for health, environment, and justice in Michigan for over 30 years, and has served as Executive Director of the Ecology Center since 1993. He’s been one of Michigan’s leading voices on environmental issues, and an architect of some of the state’s most ambitious municipal initiatives in land use, transit, and solid waste. Under his leadership, the Ecology Center has grown from a primarily local organization focused on Washtenaw County into a regional innovation center with a national reputation. Over the past two decades, the Ecology Center spearheaded a statewide campaign that closed all of Michigan’s medical waste incinerators, established the Midwest’s largest locally funded land preservation program, created the country’s premier consumer product toxic testing service, and won the nation’s Top Community Recycler award. The Ecology Center has offices and facilities in Ann Arbor and Detroit.
Stephen Dolen, Executive Director, Logistics, Transportation and Parking, U-M
Steve began his career at the University of Michigan in July 2010 as the executive director of Logistics, Transportation and Parking (LTP), responsible for planning and operating a parking system to accommodate faculty, staff, students, patients, and visitors, as well as a transportation system that services approximately 6 million riders per year. Prior to coming to the university, for nearly 20 years Steve has held positions of increasing responsibility in the transportation, supply chain management, and third-party logistics fields. As part of the leadership team for PTS, Steve's focus will be on providing excellent service to the campus community and continually improving on an efficient transportation system which will help alleviate demand on a parking system that operates at an extremely high rate of utilization. Steve graduated from Oakland University in 1992 and has lived in Ann Arbor since 1997.
  • 11:00-11:45 am Lunch (Towsley Dining Room)
  • 12:00-12:10 pm Welcome, Trish Koman, PhD and Joseph Kolars, MD (Dow Auditorium)
  • 12:10-12:40 pm Keynote, Renee Salas, MD “Climate Action: Children’s Health Drives Need for Urgent Action” (Dow Auditorium)
  • 12:40-12:50 pm Q&A
  • 12:50-1:20 pm Solutions Discussion (Dow Auditorium)
    • Guy Williams (Detroiters working for environmental justice)
    • Mike Garfield (Ecology Center)
    • Stephen Dolen, Executive Director, Logistics, Transportation and Parking, U-M
  • 1:20-1:30 pm Q&A
  • 1:30-2:00 pm Reception to Continue the Conversation (Towsley Dining Room)
Outreach Sponsors
Steering committee members
  • Michael Craig, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, SEAS
  • Jonathan Levine, Ph.D., Professor, Urban and Regional Planning, TCAUP
  • Toby Lewis, M.D., MPH, Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases and Pediatric Pulmonary
  • Sue Anne Bell, PhD, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
  • Marie O’Neill, Ph.D., Professor, Epidemiology and EHS, SPH
  • Trish Koman, Ph.D., MPP, U-M SPH


Principles of Environmental Justice (adopted October 1991)
WE, THE PEOPLE OF COLOR, gathered together at this multinational People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, to begin to build a national and international movement of all peoples of color to fight the destruction and taking of our lands and communities, do hereby re-establish our spiritual interdependence to the sacredness of our Mother Earth; to respect and celebrate each of our cultures, languages and beliefs about the natural world and our roles in healing ourselves; to ensure environmental justice; to promote economic alternatives which would contribute to the development of environmentally safe livelihoods; and, to secure our political, economic and cultural liberation that has been denied for over 500 years of colonization and oppression, resulting in the poisoning of our communities and land and the genocide of our peoples, do affirm and adopt these Principles of Environmental Justice ...
Lancet Countdown
Bold new approaches to policy making, research, business, and systems are needed in order to change course regarding climate change. An unprecedented challenge demands an unprecedented response. We can all contribute to ensure that the health of a child born today is not defined by a changing climate.
U-M President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality
On February 4, 2020, U-M President Mark Schlissel announced the members of the core team responsible for developing recommendations for how to achieve carbon neutrality for U-M, as well as develop scalable and transferable strategies that can be used by other institutions and larger communities to achieve the same goal.
Health and Climate: Resource Guide (APHA)
Health organizations around the globe concur that climate change is the greatest threat to human health in the 21st century. Every individual will be affected by some combination of extreme weather patterns, food insecurity, air pollution, vector borne diseases, rising waters, or a host of other challenges to daily living, with the poor and disenfranchised being hit disproportionately. No matter one’s occupation, country of origin or religious preference, global warming is a present and increasing danger to human health that must be addressed now.
National Climate Assessment
The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.
Video from the 2019 Climate Change and Health Event
“Environmental Research Seminar: Climate Change and Health: What the Science Says and What We Can Do” with John Balbus, MD, MPH (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences), Kim Knowlton, DrPH (Natural Resources Defense Council & Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University) with welcoming remarks from F. DuBois Bowman, PhD (Dean, University of Michigan School of Public Health)

Click here to watch the video.