Friday, September 17, 2010
The newly created San Diego Regional Climate Education Partnership will develop comprehensive strategic communications and education plans to increase climate science literacy, mitigation behaviors, and adaptation awareness in the San Diego region, with particular emphasis on the audiences outside formal school environments. The University of San Diego’s team for the project include scientists from Marine Science and Environmental Studies at USD and at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, policy experts from the Energy Policy Initiative Center at USD, social and behavioral psychologists from California State University San Marcos, strategic community planners from The San Diego Foundation and a strategic communication expert from The Steve Alexander Group.
During the two-year project, the team will develop a comprehensive plan to engage communities in a productive dialogue on the impacts of climate change. The effort includes assessment of key opinion, community and business leaders to determine levels of climate science awareness and preferred policies and actions for addressing the impacts of climate change locally, state-wide and nationally.