The 2023 Impact Collaborative Summit had a special focus on Climate Resilience in collaboration with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy's (ECOP) Climate Program Action Team and included Keynote speaker sessions to inspire and inform participants on how climate resiliency can be integrated into their Extension projects and programs.
Keynote speaker sessions and panelists at the Summit included a Climate update from NIFA, a special panel by the USDA Climate Hub and NOAA CAP/RISA, and other climate experts working with Extension! The purpose of these sessions is to start conversations, create awareness, and build capacity for implementing programs that increase climate resilience in the communities Extension serves.
Members are welcome to watch any of the keynote sessions in our Video resource library, which is linked in the titles below!
Keynote Speaker Sessions:
Bridging the Gap Toward Climate Resiliency within Cooperative Extension
Dr. Courtney Owens, American Farmland Trust.
In his session, Dr. Owens highlights opportunities Cooperative Extension has to partner with nonprofit organizations like American Farmland Trust to help increase the resiliency of farms across the country.
Summit Keynote Panel: Connecting Climate Networks to Drive Change
Sean Bath from NOAA’s Climate Adaptation Partnerships (CAP) / Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) (NOAA CAP/RISA) and Dr. Julian Reyes from United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Climate Hub
The panel covers the importance of interagency cooperation and highlights the government’s efforts in doing so. They also discuss and provide a variety of resources to support work in climate adaptation, mitigation, and resiliency.
- NIFA Climate Update
Dr. Amy Ganguli, National Program Leader with USDA NIFA Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment
Dr. Ganguli update provided valuable insights into NIFA’s various climate related programs and numerous links to NIFA related resources, calendars, FAQs, and webinars, all aimed at helping current and prospective projects be more successful in their work.
- Climate Resiliency Professional Development
Shelly Curtiss Director, West Gate Lab Embedded Entrepreneurship Program & Program Manager, Energy I‐Corps, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center National Renewable Energy Lab
Learn about the capacity of the NREL resources and opportunities that institutions have to partner around climate and renewable energy.