Climate & Urban Systems Partnership

Saturday, September 15, 2012 to Thursday, August 31, 2017
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Project Descriptions
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Public Programs, Community Outreach Programs
General Public | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals
Climate | General STEM | Nature of science
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The Franklin Institute, University of Pittsburgh

Who We Are: A network of informal educators, climate scientists, learning scientists and local partners across four cities, dedicated to improving local understanding of and engagement with climate change science. Mission: CUSP aims to foster a network of climate-focused organizations to implement targeted, coordinated, and concentrated educational strategies that explore local climate impacts and community-level responses. What We Do: Unite local organizations committed to addressing the impacts of climate change into collaborative network Use latest climate science and learning science research to inform program development Connect urban residents’ personal interests to larger city systems impacted by climate change, and provide residents opportunities to explore city-wide responses Deliver programs that are targeted (aimed at specific audiences), coordinated (presenting consistent and clear information about the science of climate change), and concentrated (delivered many times, through many programs) Test the hypothesis that when people encounter the same science content in multiple settings, from multiple points of view, they are more likely to understand and remember important concepts What We Offer: A Community of Practice for local organizations, including training on best practices of climate communication and education Provide local organizations with current climate science impacting their city, and latest learning science research Opportunities for city residents to explore local impacts of climate change in every day settings, at neighborhood centers, at schools, online, and at city festivals. Opportunities for city residents to engage with local organizations in community-level responses to climate change

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Team Members

Raluca EllisProject Manager
Frederic BertleyFrederic BertleyPrincipal Investigator
Steven SnyderSteven SnyderFormer Principal Investigator
Radley HortonRadley HortonCo-Principal Investigator
Kevin CrowleyCo-Principal Investigator

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