• What Is the Initiative?

    Climate change, coupled with other urgent threats to our natural environment, poses one of the most significant and singular challenges faced by society in the 21st century. The world's ability to generate solutions will require substantive and disruptive innovation across a broad spectrum of sectors such as energy, transportation and the built environment.

    How can we motivate leaders to address and mitigate these challenges? What role does government policy play to empower or restrict innovators and entrepreneurs? How should businesses best approach the clean innovation risks and opportunities before them?

    The Business Innovation and Climate Change Initiative, spearheaded by UVA Darden's Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, aims to answer these questions through:

    • Research – exploring the opportunities to decarbonize key industry sectors by 2060 with the goal of limiting global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, avoiding significant disruptions to the global economy.
    • Stakeholder Discussions – bringing together senior executives and decision makers from diverse industries to address issues related to climate change and identify opportunities to catalyze clean technology innovation and adoption.
    • Education – preparing UVA Darden students for the clean technology future.

    Contact us at Innovation-Climate@darden.virginia.edu for more information.