DEEP: Climate Adaptation and Education

Climate Adaptation and Education
Information, resources, and tools to help you:
  • Learn the role educators can play in the adaptation planning process; and
  • Discover resources on climate change curriculum development to improve your studentís understanding of resilience to climate change.
The Role of Educators in Preparing for Climate Change

There are two primary ways that educators can participate in the local climate change adaptation planning process:
  • Identify ways in which changes in climate affect your local school district, college, or university. For example, what kind of student behavioral issues might teachers expect during high heat days? What transportation issues would your school district face during flood events? Which school facilities would be vulnerable to sea level rise? What can be done to increase the resilience of your educational system to climate change impacts?
  • Incorporate climate change education into curricula. Todayís climate is changing in ways that impact your community. As an educator, you have the ability to educate the student body on the causes and impacts of climate change; implement scientific monitoring programs to help identify changes in local climate, habitat, and other natural systems; and help foster dialogue within the student body on solutions to the climate issue.
Climate Adaptation Planning in Connecticut Schools
There are many ways in which changes in climate impact the built environment, staff, faculty, and students. For example, flooded roads and buildings could cause temporary school closures. Hotter days could also lead to increased behavioral or health problems for sensitive populations. To learn more about how climate can impact the built environment in your school system, go to the Built Environment and Infrastructure page of CART. To learn more about public health and climate change, visit the Public Health and Safety page of CART. To learn about the overall climate adaptation planning process, go to the Adaptation Planning page.
Learn How Climate Change May Affect Your Community:
Sustainable Schools and Climate Change Curricula: 
  • Keep Connecticut Cool is a competition in which students learn about the science of climate change, and then create real local solutions to this global problem.
  • Connecticut Green Schools is a resource for educators, administrators, building officials, and students in K-12 schools, colleges, and universities around Connecticut. It is an ongoing project to research, identify and promote an effective approach to sustainability.
  • Connecticut Energy Education provides lesson plans on a number of energy and climate change related topics including Connecticut and Climate Change and Ecological Footprints.
  • The American College and University Presidentsí Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) Ė Higher Education Climate Adaptation Committee is an effort by a network of colleges and universities to address climate change on campuses across the country. Colleges and universities can join the movement by having the institutionís president sign a pledge to conduct a greenhouse gas emissions inventory, integrate sustainability into the curriculum, and create an action plan. The ACUPCC has now formed a committee to discuss how colleges and universities should incorporate climate adaptation.
  • The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is a membership organization of higher education institutions focused on advancing sustainability in higher education. AASHE provides resources and networking opportunities to its members related to sustainability.
  • California Air Resources Board contains links to a variety of different teaching resources for K-12, including lesson plans, activities, and teaching modules related to climate change.
  • The Climate Change Service-Learning Module was created by Youth Service America and the National Wildlife Federation as an issue-based module and resource guide designed to engage youth in service-learning initiatives that addresses the issue of climate change.
  • Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network provides a networking space for educators interested in learning from one another. Additionally it has a database of curriculum about climate change.
  • Exploring the Environment is a program funded through NASA that provides educators with modules on many environmental issues including climate change. Additionally the site provides information on lesson planning and networking opportunities.
  • Global Climate Change Education has a database of curriculum and labs available for educators to teach students about climate
Content Last Updated November 2013