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Climate Stewards

Applications are now CLOSED

Cornell Cooperative Extension Climate Stewards Training for Tompkins County

Thursday evenings from 6:00pm - 8:00pm via Zoom

From September 9, 2021 – December 16, 2021

(12 weeks – skipping September 16th, November 11th & 25th)

A new Climate Stewards training program at Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County (CCE-Tompkins) is undergoing its first 12-module training this fall. This effort will equip participants to act to address climate change in their communities through educational outreach and steward-led climate smart projects.

The autumn 2021 Climate Steward program will be held weekly via Zoom starting in September. In each of the first 10 trainings, trainees will cover a specific climate change topic, with additional outside readings, videos and group activities designed to develop skills needed to lead and educate their communities in climate science, adaption, and mitigation. Throughout the course, trainees will design an individual or group community action project that they will present and discuss in the final two class sessions. This program’s curriculum was developed by Cornell University in partnership with CCE-Tompkins.

Applications are now closed. For more information, please contact Rachel Zevin, Climate Smart Communities and Climate Stewards Coordinator at CCE-Tompkins, at or (607) 272-2292.

Climate Stewards Training Program

The Climate Stewards training consists of 12 modules taught over 12 weeks, beginning in September and will be held virtually over zoom. For each of the first 10 modules include 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 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 August 30, 2021