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Climate and National Security in the Copper State: How Continued Climate Action Benefits Arizona and National Security
September 14

Climate and National Security in the Copper State: How Continued Climate Action Benefits Arizona and National Security

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From Colorado River management to record setting extreme heat—Arizona has been front and center of climate risks and hazards. How Arizona manages and mitigates climate risk has profound implications not just for individuals and communities, but for U.S. national security. In partnership with Arizona Forward, please join us and our esteemed panel of experts as we explore the challenges and opportunities presented by climate action in the Copper State. Panelists include:

Lieutenant General Norm Seip, USAF (Ret.), President, American Security Project; Chairman of the Board, Council for Strong America. Lt Gen Seip retired after 35 years in the U.S. Air Force with more than 4,500 flying hours. His assignments included numerous military operations and contingencies as well as Commander of the 12th Air Force, the air component to U.S. Southern Command.



Autumn T. Johnson, Executive Director, Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association. Ms. Johnson formerly served as the Government Affairs Manager and Energy Policy Analyst for Western Resource Advocates, the Assistant Director of the Energy Policy Institute at Boise State University, and an adjunct professor teaching energy and agricultural law at Concordia University School of Law. Prior to these roles, she was a practicing attorney in Seattle, focusing on small businesses and nonprofits.



Mark Hartman, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Phoenix. Mr. Hartman is charged with directly supporting Phoenix’s continual efforts in becoming a global leader in sustainability, including a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. Mark formerly worked at the City of Vancouver supporting Vancouver’s ambition to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. Mark holds an MBA from Heriot-Watt University and is a LEED accredited professional.


Quinne Daoust, JD, Adjunct Fellow, American Security Project. Ms. Daoust is a 2023 graduate of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and a 2023-2024 J. William Fulbright Research Grant Awardee to study water desalination regulation in Tel Aviv, Israel.