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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Science Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Climate Change Education Roundtable

The Roundtable on Climate Change Education (CCE) was established 2009 to foster ongoing discussion of the challenges to and strategies for improving climate science and climate change education for the general public, and for students in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. The Roundtable also focused on strategies for improving the capacity for climate-related decision-making of resource managers and policy makers, and discusses implications for workforce development in professions that are strongly influenced by climate change. The Roundtable brought together federal and state policymakers, educators, scientists and communications and learning experts, and representatives from the private sector.

The Roundtable provided an opportunity to bring together overlapping and complementary expertise from academic and professional disciplines that commonly do not intersect when addressing climate change education. It also provided federal agencies with important foundational knowledge related to key aspects of CCE and learning, such as the nature and scope of existing efforts, achievable and measurable goals, challenges and opportunities inherent in developing a national level CCE initiative, and areas where investments may provide the greatest leverage. Roundtable discussions provided useful new insights for a variety of other stakeholders who were invited to observe the open sessions of the Roundtable.  During its tenure the roundtable held 4 workshops.  It completed its work in 2014.

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Workshops and Workshop Summaries

Workshop 1: Goals and Audience, October 2010
Workshop 2: K-14 Education, August 2011
Workshop 3: Preparing Current and Future Business Leaders, March 2013
Workshop 4: Engaging Individual, Family, and Community Forestland Owners, August 2013



James Mahoney
(Chair), Environmental Advisor
Charles W. Anderson, Michigan State University
David Blockstein, National Council for Science and the Environment
F. Stuart Chapin, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Caron Chess, Rutgers University
William Easterling, Pennsylvania State University
Lynn Elfner, The Ohio Academy of Science
James Geringer, Environmental Systems Research Institue Inc.
Patricia Gober, Arizona State University
Joseph Heimlich, Ohio State University
Roberta Johnson, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Tamara Ledley, TERC, Center for Science Teaching and Learning
Anthony Leiserowitz, Yale University
Robert Lempert, RAND
Michael McElroy, Harvard University
Janet Peace, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Walter Staveloz, Association of Science and Technology Centers
Will Travis, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission

Ex-Officio Members
David Campbell, National Science Foundation
Gregory Crosby, USDA, National Institute on Food and Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Jill Karsten, National Science Foundation
Louisa Koch, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Michael Lach, U.S. Department of Education
Robert O'Connor, National Science Foundation
Joel Scheraga, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
William Valdez, U.S. Department of Energy
Ming-Ying Wei, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Biographical Sketches



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