Engagement: We develop and test new approaches for enhancing public understanding of and engagement with climate change. We also partner with government agencies, associations, and businesses in developing and testing their public engagement initiatives. Examples include:
Climate Matters is a comprehensive educational resource program for broadcast meteorologists developed in collaboration with Climate Central, American Meteorological Society, NOAA, NASA and the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.
Our Program on Climate and Health has organized the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health to educate and engage physicians, nurses and other clinical health professionals in responding to climate change.
The Energy and Enterprise Initiative (renamed republicEN in 2015) – led by former six-term Republican Congressman Bob Inglis (4th District, South Carolina) – seeks to facilitate engagement among politically conservative “free-market climate realists.” In 2015, Bob was given the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his “visionary and courageous” leadership on climate change.
The Climate Communication Consortium of Maryland, established in 2012, is a platform to organize, enhance and test public engagement efforts in Maryland. It has grown to include over 35 organizations in the public, civic and educational sectors.
Members of our team played key roles in the Third National Climate Assessment (2014), a congressionally mandated assessment of current and projected future impacts of climate change in the United States. Ed Maibach served on the federal advisory committee that produced the assessment, and co-chaired the committee’s Engagement & Communication Working Group, and Connie Roser-Renouf served on a National Academy of Science committee that peer-reviewed the report.
We have advised on the development of – and in some cases helped evaluate – public engagement activities conducted by many leading organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Alliance for Climate Education, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, The Climate Museum (New York City), and other museums, zoos and aquaria.