Climate adaptation education offered through Kresge-supported ‘Climate Solutions University’
Applications and scholarships are now available for educational programs that give communities the opportunity to assess and respond to climate-related risks that may be threatening their infrastructure, budgets and resident well-being.
Known as Climate Solutions University, the programs are conducted by a collaboration of Model Forest Policy Program, Cumberland River Compact, and Headwaters Economics. The Kresge Foundation is the primary funder. That support comes from Kresge’s Environment Program, which works to mitigate the severity of climate change and prepare for its unavoidable impacts.
Communities in the U.S., and this year, Canada are invited to apply.
The curriculum breaks down a complicated process into manageable components and helps community leaders develop technical skills to conduct complex research and design adaptation plans. It also provides communication and outreach skills to convey the importance of climate adaptation, find common ground on a divisive issue, and rally support for on-the-ground change that can ensure economic stability and community health.
There are two levels of participation to suit different communities’ needs:
Climate Adaptation Plan Development Program: An online curriculum, webinars, and community calls will coach stakeholder teams through an assessment of the local risks and opportunities related to climate, forest, water, and economic conditions. Participants can then synthesize findings into local climate-adaptation plans.
Climate Adaptation Plan Implementation Program: Group and individual support for converting existing plans into action.
There are eight slots open in each program.
Questions about the programs and application process may be directed to Model Forest Policy Program’s Community Coordinator Jeff Morris, email@example.com, 530-355-9880.