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Climate Stewards Training Program: Application

  • Thursday, March 23, 2023, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 30, 2023, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 6, 2023, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 13, 2023, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 20, 2023, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 27, 2023, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 4, 2023, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 11, 2023, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 18, 2023, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 25, 2023, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, June 1, 2023, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, June 8, 2023, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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.

Application Information: 

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.

Click here to apply 

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.

Class Schedule:

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

Click here for more information on our Climate Stewards program.


$75, upon application approval

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Erik Schellenberg
Commercial Horticulture and Natural Resources Educator
(845) 344-1234, Ext.260


This event is online

Last updated April 6, 2023