Experts from U-M, other North American institutions highlight environmental collaborations during series

March 16, 2022
Written By:
Daniel Rivkin


Solving the most challenging environmental issues requires international collaboration spanning academia, business and government, and a yearlong effort featuring universities in the United States, Mexico and Canada will be presenting findings in a series of events in the coming months.

The North American Colloquium on Climate Policy will feature experts from the University of Michigan, University of Guadalajara in Mexico and University of Toronto.

Each year, the NAC tackles a different set of issues and the 2020-21 edition produced a series of papers, which will be presented thematically at three events: North American Electricity and Energy Security (March 23), North American Methane Policy and Green Bilateralism (April 5), and U.S.-Canada Climate Public Opinion and Urban Climate Governance (April 12).

The events are organized by the International Policy Center at U-M’s Ford School of Public Policy with support from the Meany Family Foundation. Co-sponsors are Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s Center for Research on North America.

“The Ford School is honored to have convened the latest North American Colloquium with our Canadian and Mexican partners, turning to climate policy topics for the first time,” said Barry Rabe, colloquium chair and professor of public and environmental policy.

“Our distinguished scholarly teams have explored many issues where either bilateral or trilateral cooperation may be warranted but often face major political stumbling blocks. These papers emerge at the very moment new partnerships are being explored for carbon, methane and other climate contaminants, and we hope that this work contributes to constructive advancement of continental climate policy.”

The Ford School’s events page has details of the events, all of which will be virtual.