On a recent Executive Club of Chicago (ECC) panel held in Chicago, leaders in academia lamented the shortage of strong high school and university students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, collectively known as STEM. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for universities to find qualified students for these fields. But those are the skill sets that we need to make advances in energy efficiency and renewables, and to face the increasing challenges of population vs. planet. The engineers who improve performance in buildings, the technology wizards who achieve breakthroughs in solar and wind energy, and the scientists who find ways to combat climate change have to come from somewhere. Maybe as the challenges of climate change become more pressing over time, more students will gravitate to fields where they can help solve these problems. I hope so.