This is an overview of the programs that will be featured in the U.S. Center in Copenhagen. This listing is subject to change at any time.  Please note that the times given are in Copenhagen local time, which is UTC/GMT+1.

Monday, December 7
4:45-5:45 PMArctic Climate Change and the International Polar Year
Tuesday, December 8
10:15-11:15 AM

Student Climate Research Campaign: An Interactive Showcase

7:00-8:00 PMSphereCast Live from COP-15 by Dr. Alexander MacDonald
Wednesday, December 9
1:00-2:00 PMExtreme Ice Survey
4:45-5:45 PMU.S. State Department Exchange Program Alumni Climate Challenge
6:00-7:00 PMThe Critical Role of Climate Literacy in addressing Climate Change
Primary Sponsor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Thursday, December 10
10:15 AMExploring Sustainable Urban Transportation: Lessons from the Copenhagen Model
4:15-5:45 PM
Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators
Friday, December 11
4:45-5:45 PMU.S. State Department Exchange Program Alumni Climate Challenge
Saturday, 12 and Sunday, December  13
Bright Green Showcase Event, FORUM, Central Copenhagen
Monday, December 14
1:00-2:30 PMClim’City: An Interactive Informal Educational Network
4:45-5:45 PMU.S. Adaptation Solutions and Services
Tuesday, December 15
4:45-5:45 PMU.S. State Department Exchange Program Alumni Climate Challenge
Wednesday, December 16
1:00-2:00 PMExtreme Ice Survey

Monday, December 7

Event: Arctic Climate Change and the International Polar Year
Primary Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Monday, December 7
4:45-5:45 PM

Event Summary: The International Polar Year (IPY) was a large scientific program focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic from March 2007 to March 2009. IPY included thousands of scientists from more than 60 nations examining a wide range of physical, biological and social research topics. It was also an unprecedented opportunity to demonstrate, follow, and get involved with cutting edge science in real-time. Speakers will present through eye-catching video footage and engaging discussion what was accomplished throughout IPY and what research will follow as a result.

Tuesday, December 8

Event: Student Climate Research Campaign: An Interactive Showcase
Primary Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Tuesday, December 8
10:15-11:15 AM

Event Summary: GLOBE is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based program that promotes the teaching and learning of science, enhances environmental literacy and stewardship, and promotes scientific discovery. GLOBE has a robust network of students, teachers, and scientists in 110 partner countries. NASA and NSF will showcase selected student research projects from GLOBE schools in all geographical regions, highlighting secondary student projects currently focusing on climate research.

GLOBE is an example of U.S. commitment to fostering public understanding of climate change and advancing educational opportunities in science and technology. GLOBE represents the future of climate science by engaging students in hands-on quantitative investigations based on data and provides opportunities for students to engage in climate research grounded in sound science. A sustainable global economy and sound stewardship of the Earth will require future generations to understand climate no matter what career paths they choose. GLOBE is the first step in engaging youth and inspiring the next generation of climate scientists and world citizens.

Event: SphereCast Live from COP-15 by Dr. Alexander MacDonald
Primary Sponsor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Tuesday, December 8
7:00-8:00 PM

Event Summary: Join Dr. MacDonald, inventor of Science On a Sphere®, for the first international SphereCast, live from COP-15, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Video Stream via Quick Time on your computer

Wednesday, December 9

Event: Extreme Ice Survey
Primary Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Wednesday, December 9
1:00-2:00 PM

Event Summary: Through the arresting visual evidence of the Extreme Ice Survey, Director James Balog will unveil rapidly changing landscapes in Alaska, Greenland, and Iceland that only a handful of intrepid adventurers have ever seen in person. His presentations are colored by his experiences shooting for some of the world's most recognized publications, as well as his personal work on pioneering wildlife and nature photography projects. The time-lapse photography work of James and his team was featured in a NOVA/PBS documentary on March, 24, 2009. The result is a gripping program that stimulates the artistic sensibilities, spurs the exploratory yearnings and touches our sense of humanity.

Event: U.S. State Department Exchange Program Alumni Climate Challenge
Primary Sponsor: U.S. Department of State’s European and Eurasian Affairs Bureau
Wednesday, December 9
4:45-5:45 PM

Event Summary: In July, the U.S. State Department’s European and Eurasian Affairs Bureau challenged its embassies overseas to find young, talented State Department alumni doing projects on the environment. From public awareness campaigns to forest fire relief, eleven groups across the continent worked in the six months prior to COP-15 to make a difference in their communities. The groups with the three best projects will gather at U.S. embassies across Europe to speak to the U.S. delegation in Copenhagen. The alumni will compare and contrast their efforts at home with those of world leaders in Denmark, both of whom are striving to create a greener, healthier planet.

Event: The Critical Role of Climate Literacy in addressing Climate Change
Primary Sponsor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Wednesday, December 9
6:00-7:00 PM

Event Summary: NOAA Climate Program Office, the NASA Science Mission directorate, and the National Science Foundation’s Geosciences directorate will lead an international climate change education panel discussion about a coordinated education and outreach campaign to increase climate literacy in the U.S. This virtual panel discussion will examine the urgent need for and current efforts to identify high quality education materials, best practices and effective information sharing and communication strategies related to climate change. Panelists will look at education and communication research relating to how people learn and make informed decisions including their prior knowledge, ideological filters, and misconceptions, examining deficit knowledge theory as it relates to climate related science, policy and advocacy.

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Thursday, December 10

Event: Exploring Sustainable Urban Transportation: Lessons from the Copenhagen Model
Primary Sponsor: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
Thursday, December 10
10:15 AM

Event Summary: U.S. Department of Transportation and City of Copenhagen officials will lead participants into the city of Copenhagen to explore sustainable transportation development as a model of U.S. efforts to build more livable communities. The Sustainable Communities Partnership, announced in July 2009, brings together U.S. Departments of Transportation, Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Environmental Protection Agency to better coordinate federal transportation, environmental protection, and housing investments. The goal of the partnership is to build livable communities, where safe, convenient and affordable transportation is available to all people, regardless of what mode they use. Livability is an important climate strategy, particularly for the transportation sector which is responsible for 30% of American greenhouse gas emissions. More compact developing along with complimentary pricing strategies could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 18-24% by 2050.

Side event participants will learn about the city’s plan and experience first-hand Copenhagen’s state-of-the-art transit system, transit-oriented development, and world-renown bicycle paths. Site visits will be accompanied by discussions of the past, present, and future Copenhagen transportation plans and the application to U.S. transportation policy.

Event: Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators
Primary Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Thursday, December 10
4:15-5:45 PM

Event Summary: American students ages 10-18 will present what they learned from their recent use of new web materials for the Climate Change Toolkit: Wildlife and Wildlands. The students, representing schools from Virginia and the District of Columbia, have been partnering with several U.S. federal agencies that helped to create the Toolkit under the direction of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Toolkit uses a case study approach to investigate the impacts of climate change in eleven bioregions around the United States and encourages students to become climate stewards. Students will also explain their participation in the GreenSchools! initiative of the American Forest Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service. The program helps students investigate their school's energy use, solid waste and recycling, water, school site, air quality, and more. Based on their investigations, the students are empowered to help green their schools.

This event will be streamed live. Please check back here at the appropriate time to watch the live stream from Copenhagen.

Friday, December 11

Event: U.S. State Department Exchange Program Alumni Climate Challenge
Primary Sponsor: U.S. Department of State’s European and Eurasian Affairs Bureau
Friday, December 11
4:45-5:45 PM

Event Summary: In July, the U.S. State Department’s European and Eurasian Affairs Bureau challenged its embassies overseas to find young, talented State Department alumni doing projects on the environment. From public awareness campaigns to forest fire relief, eleven groups across the continent worked in the six months prior to COP-15 to make a difference in their communities. The groups with the three best projects will gather at U.S. embassies across Europe to speak to the U.S. delegation in Copenhagen. The alumni will compare and contrast their efforts at home with those of world leaders in Denmark, both of whom are striving to create a greener, healthier planet.

Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14

Event: Bright Green Showcase Event, FORUM, Central Copenhagen (separate venue)
Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13

Event Summary: “Bright Green” is an important trade fair in parallel with COP15. “Bright Green” will be the place for official COP15 visitors and international press to witness first-hand what the cleantech industry can do as it showcases real solutions to real problems. The U.S. Pavilion at Bright Green will vividly demonstrate cutting-edge U.S. technologies that are among the world’s most innovative and climate-friendly enterprises, from energy efficiency to renewable energy, including wind, solar, bio mass, and grid technology.

Bright Green is organized by the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) – www.di.dk. DI is Denmark's leading private sector business organization covering manufacturing, trade and services, and includes the Danish Energy Industry Federation.

Monday, December 14

Event: Clim’City: An Interactive Informal Educational Network
Primary Sponsor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Monday, December 14
1:00-2:30 PM

Event Summary: The Association of Science-Technology Centers and NOAA’s Climate Program Office are bringing together students at 10 science centers (including La Cite des Sciences in Paris and the Museum of Science in Boston) to learn about climate change and sustainable development and to interact with a panel of experts, scientists, and policy makers gathered at COP15. This event will use a recently developed online activity called Clim’City®, inspired by the famous SimCity™ games, that allows players to make choices about energy and development and to measure how those choices impact Clim’City over a 50-year period. The game provides detailed statistics about the consequences of a player’s choices, letting students explore what works and what does not when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Because the event will be streaming live, many other science centers will be able to show this live in their venues and use it as part of their own programs. Come join the event and connect climate science to the world.

Event: U.S. Adaptation Solutions and Services
Primary Sponsors: U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Monday, December 14
4:45-5:45 PM

Event Summary: The U.S. Department of Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency are partnering with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration to develop state-of-the-art decision-support strategies and tools that translate science into practical management options over a range of future climate scenarios. Air quality, water quantity and quality, flood and storm surge protection, wildlife habitat, biodiversity, pollinator services, and critical nutrient cycling are just a few of the ecosystem services and environmental outcomes that have been and will continue to be affected by climate change. To be effective stewards of land, water, wildlife, and the environment, we must continue to develop and disseminate knowledge and tools useful for implementing practical adaptive management options in the face of climate change. This panel discussion will provide an overview of efforts underway within the U.S. government to help the U.S. (local, state, regional, tribal and federal governments, non-governmental agencies, public and private land managers, etc.) prepare to cope with the adverse impacts of a changing climate.

Tuesday, December 15

Event: U.S. State Department Exchange Program Alumni Climate Challenge
Primary Sponsor: U.S. Department of State’s European and Eurasian Affairs Bureau
Tuesday, December 15
4:45-5:45 PM

Event Summary: In July, the U.S. State Department’s European and Eurasian Affairs Bureau challenged its embassies overseas to find young, talented State Department alumni doing projects on the environment. From public awareness campaigns to forest fire relief, eleven groups across the continent worked in the six months prior to COP-15 to make a difference in their communities. The groups with the three best projects will gather at U.S. embassies across Europe to speak to the U.S. delegation in Copenhagen. The alumni will compare and contrast their efforts at home with those of world leaders in Denmark, both of whom are striving to create a greener, healthier planet.

Wednesday, December 16

Event: Extreme Ice Survey
Primary Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Wednesday, December 16
1:00-2:00 PM

Event Summary: Through the arresting visual evidence of the Extreme Ice Survey, Director James Balog will unveil rapidly changing landscapes in Alaska, Greenland, and Iceland that only a handful of intrepid adventurers have ever seen in person. His presentations are colored by his experiences shooting for some of the world's most recognized publications, as well as his personal work on pioneering wildlife and nature photography projects. The time-lapse photography work of James and his team was featured in a NOVA/PBS documentary on March, 24, 2009. The result is a gripping program that stimulates the artistic sensibilities, spurs the exploratory yearnings and touches our sense of humanity.

Thursday, December 17 and Friday, December 18

Additional programming to be confirmed. Updated schedules will be posted throughout the conference.