Dates: January 10-12, 2023
Location: Houston, Texas – Zaza Hotel and The Asia Society

Advance registration opens October 3, 2023

The southernmost portion of the U.S.—from Los Angeles, to Houston, to Jacksonville—offers a compelling window into what lies ahead for the nation. On the front lines of social, economic, and climate change, the Ten Across region contains the three most populous states, the most rapidly growing metro areas, the energy capital of the world, many of the largest North American ports, extremes in weather and water-related challenges, combined with great diversity and demographic change. In short, it is a living laboratory for the future of the country, one ideally situated to examine a comprehensive response to climate change and the related issues of water, energy, infrastructure, equity, democracy, and especially risk. Ten Across will convene a premier group of civic and industry leaders, subject experts and researchers, and writers and journalists creating who are exploring these issues and creating new narratives. The Summit will be an ideal opportunity to share, inspire, and forge new collaborations and partnerships in a city where the future is taking shape now.

Houston—a unique lens into the future of America.

Houston, the fourth largest city in the nation, is frequently cited as the most diverse and fastest growing in the country. Considered the “energy capital of the world,” its role in the global economy is becoming more pronounced as the growing need for energy—renewable and otherwise—continues to grow due to the impacts of rapid climate change and global conflict. In addition to its international and national profile, the city’s civic leadership is addressing issues right on its doorstep—homelessness and resiliency, for example—from which others can learn.  Like the Ten Across transect as a whole, Houston provides a unique lens into the future of America.  

Program subject to change.

SCHEDULE – DAY 1
Tuesday, January 10, 2023

TIMEDESCRIPTION

9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


CHECK-IN

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


NETWORKING RECEPTION
Cocktails with heavy appetizers

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

SUMMIT OPENING
The State of Our Land and Our Democracy

SUMMIT PROGRAM – DAY 2
Wednesday, January 11, 2023

TIMEDESCRIPTION

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


CHECK IN AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST


8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

WELCOME 
 
8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

SPECIAL GUEST DISCUSSION
Cities as Laboratories of Democracy

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  




PANEL DISCUSSION
Thinking at the Scale of the Future
Addressing the Major Issues of 21st Century America

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

NETWORKING/BREAK

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.




PANEL DISCUSSION
Restitching American Communities
Bringing an Equity and Environmental Lens to Infrastructure

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.





PRESENTATION
American Public Media presents:
“One City’s Year of Climate Chaos
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Presented by: Lauren Rosenthal, Reporter, American Public Media

11:45 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

NETWORKING/LUNCH

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.



PANEL DISCUSSION
Taking the Measure of Water
How Much Do We Really Have?

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.



PANEL DISCUSSION
Getting to Zero
Renewable Energy Models for Ten Across Cities

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

NETWORKING/BREAK

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.



PANEL DISCUSSION
The Necessary Energy Transition
How do we get there?

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.




PRESENTATION: JEFF GOODELL
Internationally recognized author and journalist, Jeff Goodell, shares insights from his recent book on heat resilience and the warming planet.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.




PANEL DISCUSSION
Boiling Point
Addressing the Impact of a Rapidly Warming World

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


TRAVEL BACK TO HOTEL
Transition to hotel/break

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.



NETWORKING RECEPTION Drinks/Appetizers/Music


7:00 p.m.



DINNER ON YOUR OWN


SUMMIT – DAY 3
Thursday, January 12, 2023

TIMEDESCRIPTION

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


CHECK IN AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
WELCOME
As We See It
The view from Rice University
 
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

SPECIAL GUEST

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


PANEL DISCUSSION
Getting Real about Climate Risk
Assessment, Awareness, Action  


10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


BREAK

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 p.m.


PANEL DISCUSSION
Seeing the Future in the Present   

               
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


FIELD REPORTS
Journalists on the front line of a knowable future
 
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.



CLOSING REMARKS + COLLECTIVE REFLECTIONS  
Box lunches to go