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Climate & Communities Webinar

This hour long webinar will share lessons learned from co-creating materials made with different communities.

TITLE: Co-creating Opportunities for Women to Engage in Climate-smart Forestry
PRESENTER: Melissa M. Kreye (Pennsylvania State University)

Melissa will present findings from her peer education program for women landowners interested in climate-smart forestry. The program is part of the Forest Owner Carbon and Climate Education Program, a collaboration between 13 extension institutions in the eastern US.  More here:

TITLE: Creating a culturally inclusive climate change curriculum with and for Indigenous people: Lessons learned
PRESENTER: Ros McCann (Utah State University – Moab)

As part of a national science foundation project inspired by the NECI network, Ros will share her experience in building relationships with tribal members in the Colorado Plateau region. This will include an overview of how she formed a diverse team to co-create a climate change curriculum by and for Indigenous participants, what the curriculum entailed and the products that resulted from this process. Coverage here:

TITLE: Climate Change and the Latine Community: Co-creating Curricula and Programs
PRESENTER: Patricia Townsend (Washington State University)

This presentation will include recommendations for how to co-create education programs with diverse communities. There will be examples from Patricia’s work adapting the UC Climate Steward curriculum with and for the Latine community in Washington State.


Melissa M. Kreye is an Assistant Professor of Forest Resources Management and Extension Specialist in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Pennsylvania State University. Her extension programs include the Forest Owner Carbon and Climate Education program and Effective Environmental Outreach Strategies. Recent research projects examine landowner interest in climate-smart forestry and prescribed fire as a forest management tool.

Roslynn Brain McCann is a Professor & Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist in the Department of Environment and Society, College of Natural Resources at Utah State University. She teaches undergraduates Communicating Sustainability, helps lead the National Extension Climate Initiative, is the coordinator USU Extension Sustainability’s Utah Farm-Chef-Fork, the USU Permaculture Initiative, and Sustainable You! kids’ camps, co-leads the Utah High School Clean Air Marketing Contest, and is engaged in tribal climate change resilience.

Dr. Patricia Townsend is an Associate Professor at Washington State University who works with stakeholders throughout the Pacific Northwest on sustainability, climate change, sustainable materials, and ecosystem services. Much of her work is determining how to best implement applied research. Having done her dissertation research in Costa Rica, she has a long interest in collaborating with the Latine community. She is the PI of the NSF funded climate education program C3PO.


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