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Your HELP needed on inventory of Climate Change Extension Programs


Posted on behalf of the eXtension Foundation Climate Fellows

As eXtension Foundation Climate Fellows, we are reaching out to ask for your participation in our national study. We are creating a database of Extension programs relating to climate and extreme weather adaptation and mitigation. By cross-referencing eXtension’s work with the Drawdown Review’s climate solutions, we hope to find Cooperative Extension Service’s strengths when addressing climate and extreme weather issues, and where Extension may have room for improvement. 

Do you know of any exemplary Extension programs that focus on adapting to a changing climate, mitigating the impact of extreme weather, expanding carbon sinks or reducing greenhouse gas emissions? These programs could focus on:

  • Climate education
  • Extreme weather preparedness and response
  • Environmental awareness and/or literacy
  • Sustainability
  • Renewable energy and/or electrification
  • Climate-smart food systems (e.g., food, agriculture, land-use)
  • Sustainable transportation 
  • Efficient buildings 
  • Land sinks (e.g., building soil carbon, agroforestry, regenerative agriculture)
  • Ocean sinks (e.g., restoration of kelp forests) 
  • Engineered sinks (e.g., negative emissions technologies like biochar)

If so, we would like to add these programs to our inventory. Please either:

Please try to respond via filling out the form or direct email within two weeks of receiving this. We value your input! This information will help us identify and communicate about the landscape of climate and extreme weather work across Extension and we are happy to share the results!.


Thank you and all the best, 

Maria Dozier, University of Florida

Jennison Kipp, University of Florida

Sarah Klain, Utah State University

Paul Lachapelle, Montana State University

Roslynn McCann, Utah State University

Dakoeta Pinto, Utah State University

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