Our Reports


Below are some of our recent research findings and reports. To have print copies of any of our resources sent to you, please email climate@sandiego.edu.

2015 Brief Analysis from Interviews with the San Diego Region’s 100 Key Influentials

In 2015, Climate Education Partners completed a brief analysis from interviews of San Diego region's 100 key influentials to understand their views of climate science and the impacts of climate change.

2015 San Diego Public Opinion Poll on Climate Change

Key findings from a survey of San Diego residents conducted February 2015 by Public Opinion Strategies & FM3.

2015 Survey Presentation on San Diegans' Attitudes Towards Climate Change

In February 2015, the bipartisan research team of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) and Public Opinion Strategies (POS) conducted a telephone survey of 600 residents in San Diego County to assess their views on issues related to climate change and public policies designed to address it. This presentation, by Dave Metz and Lori Weigel, shows the key findings of that survey.

2014 Regional Leadership Report

“San Diego, 2050 is CallingHow Will We Answer? is part of an effort by the Climate Education Partners to develop and implement a climate change education plan for the San Diego region. CEP is working with local expert scientists, educators and a wide range of community leaders, helping San Diegans learn more about, prepare for and respond to the impacts of a changing climate. (website)

Read the report. You can download a high-resolution version to print (PDF, 4.9MB), or download the report in Spanish (PDF, 4.9MB).

2013 Focus Groups with San Diego Regional Leaders

In January 2013, Climate Education Partners conducted two independent focus groups of San Diego key influentials and community leaders. One group was identified as “seasoned” leaders and the other as “emerging” leaders. An identical discussion guide queried participants about how they obtained, used, and shared information about science in general and about climate change in particular.

2012 Public Opinion and Knowledge Survey

Climate Education Partners completed a follow-up countywide public opinion survey of more than 1,200 San Diego County residents to understand their views of climate science and the impacts of climate change.

2011 Public Opinion and Knowledge Survey

Climate Education Partners completed a countywide public opinion survey of more than 1,000 San Diego County residents to better understand their views of climate science and the impacts of climate change.  The survey found that, compared to others throughout the United States, San Diegans are consistently more aware that:

  • Climate change is occurring
  • It poses significant threats to the region’s oceans, clean air and water supplies
  • Climate threatens our quality of life, especially for future generations
  • 2011 Public Opinion Poll Results [PDF]

2011 Regional Leader Interviews

Climate Education Partners (formerly called San Diego Regional Climate Education Partnership) met individually with a representative group of community leaders to learn about the current state of climate change knowledge in the San Diego County region.  From May 2011 to July 2011, veteran interviewers sat down with 38 Key Influential (KI) leaders in the San Diego region, including elected officials, tribal leaders, academics and representatives from local businesses, nonprofits, ethnic, cultural and faith-based communities, and special interest groups. This report is an overview of what we learned from a representative sample of San Diego's Key Influentials.

Annotated Bibliography of Research on Climate Education in Non-Academic Settings

This summary of academic writings is related to environmental education and draws from the fields of education, communication and the behavioral sciences. The annotated bibliography provides a compendium of environmental education research focused specifically on adult learning in non-academic settings. Peer reviewed articles and relevant books are organized in alphabetical order according to area of research. Please note that each citation includes the author’s written abstract when available and also a brief annotation of how the citation is relevant to understanding effective climate change education and communication.

Contact Information

Climate Education Partners
Science and Technology 247
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-2281
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