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Innovations in Climate Resilience Conference 2024 (ICR24)

Presented by Battelle, in partnership with several U.S. National Laboratories and the Wilson Center, ICR24 gathers creators and leaders across industry, academia, and government to share and inspire science and technology solutions for addressing climate change.


Apr. 22 – 24, 2024
8:00am – 7:00pm ET


Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center


The Wilson Center is partnering with Battelle for the third annual Innovations in Climate Resilience Conference. The urgent need for scalable solutions to meet the challenge presented by the climate crisis has inspired this year's theme, "Solutions for Scaling Change."

ICR24 gathers environmental professionals, scientists, researchers, students, and leaders from the White House, Department of Energy, National Labs, Department of Defense, industry, and academia to enable innovations in climate resilience. This community comes together to discuss transformative ideas and explore real solutions to address climate change threats to our environment, health, communities, national security, and economic well-being, from the perspective of three overarching themes—adaptation, mitigation, sustainability. 

The program includes an evening opening keynote and reception, a day and a half of technical presentations and panel discussions, an evening poster reception, and a closing reception. A schedule with exact times will be can be found by clicking here

This conference is presented and hosted by Battelle.

About Battelle

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers worldwide, Battelle teams conduct research and development, design and manufacture products, deliver critical services for government and commercial customers, and help to enable science at nine U.S. national laboratories. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, energy, environment, and infrastructure industries.

Keynote Speakers

Hon. Richard Spinrad

Rick Spinrad

Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator
Sarah Ladislaw

Sarah Ladislaw

Senior Director for Climate and Energy, National Security Council, The White House

Dina Esposito

Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Resilience, Environment, and Food Security (REFS), USAID 
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

former United States Representative; former Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Akin Gump        
Maria Luiza Viotti

Maria Luiza Viotti

Ambassador of Brazil to the United States
Sherri Goodman, photo taken by Kristina Sherk

Sherri Goodman

Senior Fellow, Polar Institute and Environmental Change & Security Program;
Author, Threat Multiplier: Climate, Military Leadership & the Fight for Global Security, coming in 2024.    
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Anthony Leiserowitz

Director, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and Senior Research Scientist, Yale University
Douglas Chan

Douglas Chan

Chief Operating Officer, Climeworks
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Ben Reinke

Vice President of Global Business Development, X-energy
Ben Vinson III

Ben Vinson III

President, Howard University
Franco Amalfi

Franco Amalfi

Director, Sustainability Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships - North America, Capgemini
Monica Serrano

Monika Serrano

Resilience Program Manager, Turner Construction

Kelly Cummins

Acting Director, Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations
Ali Zaidi

Ali Zaidi

Assistant to the President, National Climate Advisor, the White House
Geri Richmond

Dr. Geri Richmond

Under Secretary for Science and Innovation, Department of Energy


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John Conger

President, Conger Strategies and Solution; former Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense

Katie MacDonald

Co-Founder, Tailwind
Roger Pulwarty

Roger Pulwarty, PhD

Senior Scientist, Physical Sciences Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Sharon Burke

Sharon Burke

Global Fellow;
Founder and President, Ecospherics
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Aaron Salzberg

Global Fellow;
Director of the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina
Meredith Berger

Meredith Berger

Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Energy, Installations, and Environment 

Nancy Balkus, P.E.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Environment, Safety and Infrastructure
Ambassador David Balton

Ambassador David Balton

Executive Director, Arctic Executive Steering Committee, Office of Science & Technology Policy, White House; former Senior Fellow, Polar Institute, Wilson Center
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Jennifer Mercer

Head of Arctic Sciences in the Office of Polar Programs, NationalScience Foundation (NSF)
Sonam Velani

Sonam Velani

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Streetlife Ventures
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Julia Kumari Drapkin

CEO, I See Change
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Alex Laplaza

Former Investor and Adaptation Expert, Lowercarbon Capital
Rachel Jacobson

Rachel Jacobson

Assistant Secretary of the United States Army,  Installations, Energy, and Environment)

Hosted By

Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more

Polar Institute

Since its inception in 2017, the Polar Institute has become a premier forum for discussion and policy analysis of Arctic and Antarctic issues, and is known in Washington, DC and elsewhere as the Arctic Public Square. The Institute holistically studies the central policy issues facing these regions—with an emphasis on Arctic governance, climate change, economic development, scientific research, security, and Indigenous communities—and communicates trusted analysis to policymakers and other stakeholders.  Read more

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