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Michel Boudrias
Professor reacts to news of $5 million NSF grant

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Michel Boudrias, PhD

“By working with local expert scientists, educators and a wide range of community leaders, Climate Education Partners will be seeking solutions and helping San Diegans learn more about climate change impacts on our quality of life so we can prepare for and respond to a changing climate.”

- Michel Boudrias, PhD

The University of San Diego has announced a 5-year $4.93 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant supports phase two of a project designed by Climate Education Partners and led by USD professor Michel Boudrias, PhD.

“We are very proud that USD is the lead institution for such an important and critical project,” Boudrias said. “This Climate Change Education Program is putting USD on the map as a leader in cooperative research and as a University that can live up to its Changemaker designation.”

Multiple organizations, universities and disciplines have joined forces to implement the Climate Change Education Program. They aim to empower adults with the information they need to understand global climate change—and to do something about it. In order to get the message out, they’ve enlisted the help of community leaders. These influential people will customize education resources to best reach their unique communities.

“Climate change impacts are happening now, are happening at a faster pace than we have ever seen, and have the potential to affect our lives in the very near future,” Boudrias said. “We need our decision makers and community leaders to be informed about the science, the impacts and the potential effects now so they can implement programs, educate their communities and make decisions that will better prepare San Diego County, and the country in the next 5-10 years.”

The interdisciplinary team is lead by experts from USD, UCSD, CSUSM, The San Diego Foundation and The Steve Alexander Group. They work to create a diverse approach based on the latest climate research, social and behavioral psychology, policy insight, and communication strategies.

“Multidisciplinary approaches to large scale critical environmental issues are necessary to come up with proper analysis framework and potential solutions,” Boudrias said. “We firmly believe that our multidisciplinary approach and our dedication to working together were the key factors in our funding success.”

Boudrias said he hopes that this regionally focused project will inspire other communities to tackle issues related to climate change.

“This program will provide the opportunity for San Diego to be a model of climate change education and adaptation for the whole country.”

- Anne Malinoski '11

Useful Links

Climate Education Partners Website USD Faculty Profile: Michel Boudrias, PhD
USD receives a $1 million grant from NSF Marine Science and Environmental Studies Department