Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County (CCEOC) is undergoing its first 12-module training this spring. This effort will equip participants to act to address climate change in their communities through educational outreach and steward-led climate smart projects. Volunteer participants who complete this program will be supported in outreach efforts to help educate the public about the science of climate change and engage communities in mitigation and adaptation efforts.
Cornell Climate Stewards in Orange County commit to a 12 week training (24 hours of training that spans 15 weeks). The program in Orange County will be offered for $75.00 (financial assistance is available). Upon completion of the training, Cornell Climate Stewards are expected to independently implement climate actions or projects in their community, volunteering at least 40 hours to become a certified "Cornell Climate Steward". They will become official Orange County CCE volunteers and may work with CCE staff on climate-based events and programs.
Cornell Climate Stewards trainee selection is based on an applicant’s ability to attend the training sessions as well as their demonstrated interest in working with their municipality on climate related projects. There is no fee to apply, the $75 course fee will only be charged if your application is approved.
After applications are received, candidates will be contacted for a short interview.
About The Course
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.
All classes are held Thursdays starting March 23 through June 8, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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
Presentation & Discussion
Presentation & Discussion
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$75, upon application approval
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Last updated February 24, 2023