The National Extension Climate Initiative serves to link climate change-related education and research across Extension program areas and associations. This subgroup acts as a place to share opportunities and resources, and discuss all things related to climate change extension.
Professional Development Committee: Inventory, design and/or implement professional development trainings for everyone in Extension; Design national Climate Change professional development certification course; Implement regional conferences/meetings between USDA Climate Hubs and state Extension employees; Enable and grow citizen/community science/climate corps; Engage more Extension personnel, rural communities, and all disciplines in disaster preparedness.
Curriculum Development Committee: Coordinate the development of existing and new climate-based curricular materials; Investigate the restructuring of traditional Extension programming around new areas more relevant to today's issues and populations; Work with partners like Federal level employees, USDA Climate Hubs, etc. to develop and promote new materials (ex. national youth climate stewards curriculum); Work to develop community programs on energy literacy, green workforce development,...
Extension Policy Committee: Identify, strengthen, and develop new relationships, partnerships, and pathways to leverage and grow current work on climate change; Facilitate compensation of expertise; Encourage land grant universities/administration to support climate programming by identifying or designating state-level Extension specialists/faculty points of contact; Improve willingness to act throughout the system .
Evaluation/Survey Committee: Develop a unified tool/set of indicators to measure/assess climate progress and impacts and increase accountability of Extension programs and leaders; Conduct national needs assessment of what major stakeholders need to know with regards to climate change."
Suggest adding what is in italics. Help to facilitate internal and external communications about climate science, methods and approaches to educating Extension personnel and customers and, resources to accomplish and enhance communication; develop and document communication methodologies that have worked or show promise both internal to Extension personnel and external to Extension customers;
We had our kickoff meeting for the NECI Beta Test this afternoon. For those who were not able to attend I am putting the link to the recording here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/sh...Hwf.qlQ2LmpffXXs-Z3I Passcode:us3=Y=*$ I tried it just now by copying the link above without the passcode and pasting it into my browser. It brought up the recording just fine. Some people had asked for a copy of the PowerPoint slides I had today and I am attaching them here as well.
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