AI and Climate Change:

Global Sustainability in an Era of Artificial Intelligence

2023-2024 Workshop Series

Climate change and artificial intelligence are two of the most consequential developments confronting humanity’s future. Yet the connections between them are only starting to be understood.


Artificial intelligence tools have the potential to enhance policy efforts to protect the environment and promote sustainability goals. In addition, climate change solutions are likely to demand increasingly complex scientific and technical analyses that could be enhanced by machine learning.


This year-long workshop series features leading experts from across the country whose scholarship explores, in different ways, how AI may help enhance solutions to climate change—as well as how AI itself could be made more sustainable and energy efficient.

The AI and Climate Change workshop series, organized by the Penn Program on Regulation, is made possible in part by funding from Penn’s Environmental Innovations Initiative. Additional co-sponsors of the series include the Center for Technology, Information & Competition, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, Warren Center for Network and Data Sciences, and Wharton Climate Center.


The full slate of workshops is listed below. All the workshops will be held in person and are free and open to the public.


The Fall 2023 workshops will take place in the Kleinman Center Energy Forum, located on the 4th floor of the Fisher Fine Arts Building. Please click on the titles for more information and if you would like to register in advance.

Fall 2023 Workshops

Thursday, September 21, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Kleinman Energy Forum

Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning

David Rolnick, Assistant Professor and Canada CIFAR AI Chair in the School of Computer Science at McGill University and at the Mila-Quebec AI Institute

Tuesday, October 24, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Kleinman Energy Forum

AI and Climate Data

Amy Braverman, Principal Statistician at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Monday, November 20, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Kleinman Energy Forum

Towards Environmentally Sustainable AI

Deep Jariwala, Associate Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering at Penn Engineering 
Benjamin LeeProfessor of Electrical and Systems Engineering and Professor of Computer and Information Science at Penn Engineering

Spring 2024 Workshops

Wednesday, January 31, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Paternalistic Artificial Intelligence: The Case of Climate Change

Cass Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard University

Tuesday, February 27, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

AI-Accelerated Assessments of Climate and Weather Risks

Tapio Schneider, Theodore Y. Wu Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering; NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Senior Research Scientist at the California Institute of Technology

Tuesday, March 26, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

AI and Climate Misinformation

Asheley Landrum, Associate Professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University

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