Climate Stewards Volunteers

Volunteers committed to fighting climate change

Climate Stewards is a new CCE-TC volunteer program that builds upon the successful models of CCE's existing Master Gardener and Master Composter volunteer programs. Trainees will learn what is already taking place in Tompkins County to combat climate change, and how, as volunteers, they can help our municipalities implement even more changes.

We need you to help us make this program part of Tompkins County’s successful approach to combating climate change!

Climate Stewards Training Program

Applications will be available in late spring for the 2021 class of Climate Steward trainees. Email us if you are interested in getting on a list to receive and application. Training will begin in early summer.

The Climate Stewards training will take 12 weeks. For each of the first 10 weeks, trainees will complete a module with a slide presentation, outside readings and videos, group activities, and work toward final action projects. 

  • Module 1: Orientation
  • Module 2: The Science of Climate Change
  • Module 3: Climate Change Impacts 
  • Module 4: Working with Local Governments & Communities
  • Module 5: Climate Change Mitigation
  • Module 6: Community Mitigation Strategies
  • Module 7: Climate Change Adaptation
  • Module 8: Community Adaptation Strategies
  • Module 9: Effective Climate Change Communication
  • Module 10: Planning Your Local Action Project

The last few weeks trainees will put their new-found skills into action with completion and presentation of individual or group action projects that will be the first steps in making a difference in our communities.

Climate Smart Communities & Clean Energy Communities

Climate Smart Communities (CSC) is a multi-state agency effort led by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC). CSC outlines concrete action lists of steps communities can take to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, adapt for a changing climate, and become more resilient in the face of new environmental challenges. Climate Stewards volunteers will use the CSC action lists to determine what municipalities have already done and opportunities to take action.

Southern Tier Clean Energy Communities has action lists to guide volunteers as well.

Research has shown that a key barrier to local climate action is lack of resources (staff, resources, and training). Climate Stewards will be trained and empowered with practical skills to help fill these gaps, tackle issues, and inspire change in their own communities. 

Not only will Climate Stewards volunteers help their communities, but they will make a direct and measurable difference to help mitigate impacts of global climate change.

Last updated February 18, 2021