The National Extension Climate Initiative was formed in 2019 by Extension faculty and staff, concerned that a more concerted effort was needed within and between states and regions and at the national level to coordinate and manage climate outreach activities, share resources, provide networking opportunities, and promote professional development.
The Initiative welcomes participation by any interested Extension professional as well as professionals involved or interested in higher education climate education outreach and research. In early 2021, we engaged our members in drafting a Vision Statement.
The Vision Statement of the National Extension Climate Initiative is:
We envision a future in which Cooperative Extension recognizes the urgency of the climate crisis and is actively engaged in creating communities that ensure environmental and human health, social equity and justice, and economic vitality for all generations.
Our Steering Committee is tasked with oversight of the Initiative and is open to any participant of the NECI network; current members of the Steering Committee include:
- Jennison Kipp, University of Florida Extension, Co-Chair
- Paul Lachapelle, Montana State University, Co-Chair
- Sabrina Drill, University of California, Cooperative Extension, Los Angeles County
- Wendy Hamilton, New Mexico State University (Emeritus Professor)
- David Kay, Cornell University
- Betsy H. Newman, Western Rural Development Center
- Ros McCann, Utah State University
The National Extension Climate Initiative serves to link climate change-related education and research across Extension program areas and associations. This effort is open to all professionals with the following objectives:
- Communicate and share current and future work with a core group of self-selected faculty and staff representing all program areas of extension who meet regularly via list serve, social media and video conference.
- Represent participating Land and Sea Grant Universities, national associations, and related committees and organizations.
- Meet annually via each association conferences and affirm progress.
- Pursue grant funding collaboratively.