Partners producing Rise Up & Drawdown

Partners producing Rise Up & Drawdown

Paul Hawken. Photo via

A bevy of local, statewide and national nonprofits are collaborating to produce a conference downtown on climate change.

Rise Up & Drawdown Michigan, a one-day conference focused on “community, collaboration, solutions and action,” will be Sept. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, at 303 Monroe Ave. NW.

“During this conference, we will hear from climate leaders from our communities to discover how you can think globally and act locally,” said Carissa Patrone, program manager, West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, and conference steering committee member.


Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss will give an opening plenary address from 9:25-9:50 a.m.

Paul Hawken, an American environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist who founded Project Drawdown, will serve as keynote speaker from 9:50-10:50 a.m.

The conference will also feature two breakout periods with numerous sessions to choose from, as well as lunch. The day will conclude with a Sip Up & Wind Down Happy Hour.

The full schedule and other details are online.


The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan is the lead organizer, alongside the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, Good for Michigan, Grand Rapids 2030 District, Grand Valley State University, West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Urban Roots, Urban Core Collective, the city of Grand Rapids and many more.


Tickets are available for $25-$125 for individuals and $850 for a table of eight.

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