Archive for July, 2012

Special ALERT for TN, KY and NC Communities:

 2013 Session

Call for Applications and Webinar Invitation

 Water and forest stewardship are essential to creating climate resilience. This year’s record breaking heat and drought, plus increasing rates of flood, fire and invasive species, are all clear evidence of changing climate trends. Are you ready to join the four southeastern communities that have participated in climate adaptation planning so far?  Applications are now open to rural communities interested in developing an effective climate adaptation plan plus implementation support that brings climate resilience to your community.

Rural communities in TN, KY and NC are especially encouraged to apply. A 30-minute briefing session on the CSU Program and application process will be held for Southeastern communities, including time for your questions. Please register for the webinar and review the program application information at the links below.

Free Southeast CSU 2013 Briefing Webinar:

Friday, July 20, 2012 at 11:30 am Central / 12:30 pm Eastern

Register Here



Applications and scholarships are now available for the 2013 session of Climate Solutions University!

Click Here to Apply Now!


Assess and Respond to Climate Related Risks

Climate Solutions University (CSU) programs offer North American (primarily U.S.) communities the opportunity to assess and respond to climate-related risks that may be threatening their infrastructure, budgets and resident well-being.  Through the development of forest, water, economic, and climate vulnerability assessments, participating communities can move forward with solutions that are urgently needed for local resilience. This year, Canadian communities are also encouraged to apply.

Our curriculum breaks a complicated and often overwhelming process into manageable components.   Now in its third year, the program has impacted 19 communities across the U.S. Our unique training and individualized coaching model helps rural leaders develop:

  • Technical skills to conduct complex research and design adaptation plans,
  • Communication skills to convey the importance of climate adaptation, and
  • Political skills to unite disparate perspectives, find common ground on a divisive issue, and motivate the public to support leaders in taking action to implement on-the-ground change.

We offer two levels of participation to suit your community’s needs:
Climate Adaptation Plan Development Program
(up to 8 positions available)
Climate Solutions University’s (CSU) online curriculum, webinars, and community calls will coach your stakeholder team through in-depth assessments of the local risks and opportunities related to climate, forest, water, and economic conditions. You’ll then synthesize your findings into a local climate adaptation plan. Find example plans from current participants here.

Climate Adaptation Plan Implementation Program
(8 positions available)
Receive group and individual support for converting existing plans into action.


Could your organization or community benefit from:
Being a member of a strong (and growing) network of rural leadership teams equipped with the skills to address climate change in their communities?

  • Learning from a new model training that supports the sharing of strategies and expertise?
  • Expanding your leadership skills?
  • Transforming related planning by adding climate, forest, and watershed-based strategies?
  • Increasing fundraising capacity?
  • Developing new policies and practices that ensure economic stability, community health, and forest and water resources?
  • Saving costly consultant fees?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then consider applying to the 2013 session of Climate Solutions University.

Our Partners

This educational opportunity is being conducted in collaboration with these partner organizations: Model Forest Policy Program, Cumberland River Compact, and Headwaters Economics

If you have additional questions about our programs or the application process, please contact Community Coordinator, Jeff Morris via email at:  jeff@mfpp.org, or by telephone at: (530) 355-9880.

Thank you again for your interest in climate planning!

Nancy Gilliam, Ph.D.                          Gwen Griffith, DVM, MS
Executive Director                              Program Director
Model Forest Policy Program             Cumberland River Compact





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 23rd Annual Call for Campus Case Studies

 Submit a case study on your campus sustainability efforts and/or green jobs training programs.

Review the submission guidelines and submit today! (template available)
Submissions are due August 3, 2012. (extensions available)


  • Share your efforts with campuses nationwide (NWF’s Campus Ecology case study database is accessed by hundreds of students, faculty & staff)
  • Case studies will be shared with our contact list of more than 25,000 students, faculty and staff, plus our social media networks
  • Document of your efforts in a searchable database (searchable by topic, state, year and school); the database has more than 650 case studies!
  • National press release promoting the 2012 case studies

Each year NWF’s Campus Ecology program publishes case studies contributed by its members and partners showcasing their campus sustainability practices and global warming solutions for the past school year (2011-2012). NWF will release these illustrated reports in Fall 2012 in our online searchable case study database, one of our most popular resources. Colleges and universities throughout the U.S. have made great strides toward addressing global warming and protecting wildlife and habitat. We invite you to share your success stories, and let other campuses learn from you! 

There are case study guidelines and a template (to help you begin).

***Schools are welcome to submit more than one case study if you are working on multiple projects in different areas of sustainability and green workforce development. Case studies can focus on completed projects/programs or ones still in development.

Please contact Campus Ecology with any questions:


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Come check out the library’s books about the Olympics.



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Check out the library’s books on bicycling, and ride along with the Tour de France racers this mouth.

Have a mobile device?  Checkout the TDF challenge at Map my Ride.



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