Project Drawdown is partnering with Penn State to hold the first international conference on Drawdown — Research to Action: The Science of Drawdown.

Join the world’s foremost scientific experts in a critical discussion about the most innovative and promising climate change solutions and upcoming research.

This conference aims to connect international partners and research institutions. The three-day conference will focus on analysis and peer review of the portfolio of over 100 individual solutions, discuss synergies and interactions among sectors and evaluate implementation pathways including successful examples from around the world.

Important Dates

August 15, 2019 - Deadline for discounted accommodations at The Penn Stater and Nittany Lion Inn. Rooms are limited and may sell out before this date. Early reservations are strongly encouraged.

August 15, 2019 - Final deadline for research poster and artwork abstract submissions.

What is 'drawdown'?

The term "drawdown" is the point at which concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begin to steadily decline, ultimately reversing global warming.

Project Drawdown: The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warmingA rich database of solutions to reverse global warming was developed by Project Drawdown. These solutions model both financial and carbon impacts. They offer real-world applications as well as communication and educational opportunities to continue the momentum toward drawdown. The solutions were first shared in the 2017 New York Times bestseller, Drawdown.

Why attend?

Hear from the world's top climate solution researchers.

The conference steering committee is comprised of leaders from U.S. and international universities and organizations, and hundreds of other experts with representation from over 50 U.S. universities, businesses, and governments will be participating.

Be at the forefront of these critical conversations.

Participate in plenary sessions, panels, and breakout sessions, and speak with leading environmental scientific experts about the latest research.

Share your work.

Submit an abstract to share your research posters or artwork with other conference attendees.

Drawdown Sectors and Conference Themes

Built Environment

The cities of the world and the buildings and infrastructure that comprise them account for a significant percentage of human energy use, mostly for heating and cooling.

Electricity Generation

The power sector currently accounts for around 40 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere, making it the highest-emitting sector.

Food

 Agricultural production, as well as food preparation, consumption, and waste, are responsible for a major share of greenhouse gas emissions today.

Land Use

Protection and restoration of forests and wetlands, as well as the production of perennial timber and biomass crops, can sequester significant amounts of carbon. 

Materials & Waste

The ways in which humans partner with materials result in significant greenhouse gas emissions throughout the life cycle of the products that meet our daily needs.

Oceans

Oceans are critical in regulating the Earth's climate and are also disproportionately impacted by changes in atmospheric greenhouse gases.

Transportation

Transportation produces 7 gigatons of carbon dioxide-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions annually, which is around 14 percent of all emissions.

Women & Girls

Key areas of gender equity such as education and voluntary family planning are basic human rights that also have an effect on fertility rates and population growth.