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Consultant for Climate Change Education Master Plan?

Has anyone developed a climate change education master plan for their organization? If so, would you be willing to share your plan and/or your experience? Or does anyone have suggestions on a consultant or team of consultants to work with on this type of project?

I would be glad to help you develop a climate change master plan for your organization! I have worked with several organizations to develop and implement climate change education programs for people of all ages - from elementary school to adult. I have a Master's Degree in Teaching and experience teaching climate change and other environmental issues. I will be facilitating a workshop on climate change at the NAAEE annual conference next month. You can find out more about me on my website, Drop me a line if you would like to discuss this in more detail. Susan

Can you share a little more about what you mean by a "climate change education master plan"? My organization has put together a Curriculum Guide with information for teachers in Massachusetts to use for projects about climate change solutions. The information ranges from general suggestions to links to detailed lesson and unit plans. The vast majority of the lesson and unit plans are free. We don't create the lesson and unit plans; we collect them as we find them. We look for cross-curricular lessons that include teaching standards.

I don't think that's what you have in mind, but I'm curious to learn more about what you're looking for.

Thanks for the replies. This plan as I envision it goes beyond a program or curriculum. I want to take a comprehensive look at everything my organization does from programs (school, adult, families, camp, preschool, etc.), to exhibits (we house native nonreleasable wildlife and have a lot of interactive exhibits about ecology/wildlife), to our natural history lake cruises, to our own energy use/conservation/production and how we communicate about that, through a climate change education lens. How can we best incorporate climate change education into all aspects of what we do? Or should we focus on one particular area to have the greatest impact? What are the research-based best practices that we can put into place? Basically, I'd like help prioritizing what we do, when we do it, and what audiences we are targeting. It's a big project, which is why I need some help!
We have done a variety of climate change education programs (e.g., school programs, an adult science pub series, incorporated into exhibits), and we have done work to reduce our organizational climate change impacts, but it has been pieces here and there. Going forward, I'd like this plan to help provide some guidance so we can pursue and direct resources to where we think we will have the greatest impact. Easy, right???

I may be able to help as well. I have 20+ years of experience in education (teacher, principal, superintendent) as well as experience in the non-profit space as a CEO. I am currently the business strategist for a global environmental consulting agency, as well as overseeing our Education and Outreach division. Please feel free to reach out if you think that might be a good match. Best of luck, and thank you for your work.

We did something similar but focused on sustainability. Our first step was to draft up an organizing framework that corralled all the bits into one place and then throw in some tentative steps towards goals we think we'd like to take. Our plan is linked below. It is still in draft form because this work is classified under operations and finding the time and funding to do that has been a challenge.