Resources

Extension Climate & Extreme Weather Programming: Successes, Challenges & Opportunities (2021)
This report provides a national inventory of Extension programs to better understand the extent to which climate and extreme weather programs are currently being delivered and to characterize the nature of these programs. The report’s database includes a range of attributes for each of the programs identified. The report also presents excepts from in-depth interviews with Extension professionals who led climate and extreme weather program efforts and who identify successes, limitations and opportunities associated with programs.  The report is also available from the eXtension website.

Facilitating Community Change: Lessons from Climate Adaptation to Guide Extension Engagement (2020)
“Even though adaptation strategies may not address the causes of climate change, they present tangible ways for people to respond. Furthermore, they are most effective at the local level because they can be designed to match the specific context. Climate-related changes are already underway. In many places, farmers, health workers, urban planners, builders, ranchers, and forest landowners are adapting their typical practices to accommodate new conditions. Extension can help community leaders and those at risk become more aware, answer their questions, and navigate a transparent process to make decisions that will affect their future.”

The Role of Extension in Climate Adaptation in the United States (2012)
NOAA’s National Sea Grant Office partnered with NIFA’s Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment to hold the first Climate Extension Summit (Summit) on March 13-14, 2012 in Silver Spring, MD. The Summit convened a small group of invited experts from both national networks to devise broad strategies and approaches to better engage the nation on issues concerning climate change and climate variability.