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Roundtable on Climate Change Education (CCE)

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Project Description

The purpose of the CCE is to foster ongoing discussion of the challenges to, and strategies for improving public understanding of climate science and climate change among federal agencies, the business community, non-profit, and academic sectors.

Through its meetings and workshops, the 24-month roundtable will bring together 25-30 federal and state policymakers, educators, communications and media experts, and members from the business and scientific community. It will include a number of ex officio members from federal agencies with dedicated interests in climate change education, including officials from the National Science Foundation's EHR Directorate and its collaborating partner divisions, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Interior, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Education.

Potential members to address major issues in climate education will cover:

  • methods for strengthening the quality of climate change education at the K-12, technical and higher education levels and for lifelong learners in informal environments;
  • ways to incorporate knowledge about learning and understanding in developing informative programs and materials for decision-makers who must cope with climate change;
  • the design of educational programs for professionals such as local planners, water managers, and the like, to enable them to better understand the implications of climate change for their decisions;
  • development of training programs for scientists to help them become better communicators to decision-makers about implications of, and solutions to climate change;
  • support of coordinated and collaborative efforts at the national level between federal agencies and other stakeholders.

Roundtable Members:


James Mahoney, Retired Consultant

ExOfficio Members:

Thomas Armstrong, Department of Interior
Dave Campbell, NSF
Greg Crosby, USDA
Jill Karsten, NSF
Louisa Koch, NOAA
Michael Lach, Department of Education
Robert O'Connor, NSF
Joel Scheraga, EPA
Bill Valdez, Department of Energy
Joyce Winterton, NASA

Other Members:

Michael McElroy, Harvard University
Stuart Chapin, University of Alaska
Julian Agyeman, Tufts University
Andrew Anderson, Michigan State University
Robert Lempert, RAND
Thomas Dietz, Michigan State University
Patricia Gober, Arizona State University
Anthony Leiserowitz, Yale University
David Blockstein, National Council for Science and the Environment
Ines Cifuentes, AGU
William Easterling, Pennsylvania State University
Joseph Heimlich, Ohio State University
Roberta Johnson, UCAR
Tamera Ledley, TERC
Walter Staveloz, Association of Science and Technology Center
Lynn Elfner, The Ohio Academy of Science
Jim Geringer, Former Governor of Wyoming
Janet Peace, Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Will Travis, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission

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