EPIC to Provide Mitigation Expertise on NSF Climate Education Grant

The University of San Diego (USD) announced today a National Science Foundation (NSF) major grant given to only 15 recipients nationwide who will take the lead in planning collaborations centered on increasing climate science literacy.  Awarded under the NSF’s Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) program, these partnership grants are designed to connect climate scientists, learning science experts and practitioners to create innovative and transformative education and communication strategies with regional and national implications.

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.