K12 Climate Action leaders spoke at ASU+GSV in April about Mobilizing the Education Sector for Climate Action. ASU+GSV brings together leaders from across the education sector, business, and more to discuss opportunities to ensure all people have access to the future.

In the first month of the 2021-2022 school year, wildfires, hot days, and flooding disrupted school for over 1 million students, and yet the education sector has largely stayed on the sidelines of the climate fight. K12 Climate Action, a bipartisan commission with the Aspen Institute, seeks to mobilize the sector for action outlining how the sector can reduce its carbon footprint, adapt to increasing climate impacts, and support teaching and learning to ensure the rising generation is prepared to lead a sustainable future. This session at ASU+GSV explored the opportunity for policymakers, school leaders, philanthropy and more to catalyze action and help the sector advance climate solutions.


  • Secretary John B. King, Jr., former US Education Secretary & K12 Climate Action Co-Chair
  • Megan Bang, SVP of the Spencer Foundation, Professor at Northwestern University
  • Merrit Jones, Senior Advisor at Student Voice
  • Pedro Rivera, President of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
  • Moderator: Laura Schifter, Senior Fellow with K12 Climate Action