The Cornell Climate Smart Solutions Program harnesses interdisciplinary teams of researchers, extension specialists, students, and stakeholders in New York and beyond to address the issue of global climate change – often characterized as the defining human development challenge of the 21st century.
Over 150 researchers at Cornell are focused on investigating climate change – from climate modeling, to developing new crop varieties, to understanding the economic, policy and human aspects of the issue. We are an interdisciplinary team of researchers and extension specialists working to help build climate literacy, and develop climate smart solutions for agricultural, environmental and community systems. Researchers gain insights from working with specialists in our world-class Cooperative Extension system to bring real-world perspectives to the challenges posed by climate change and the needs of stakeholders. Our Program helps farmers, communities, educators, and policymakers understand the science of climate change, and how they can change behaviors and practices.
Cornell’s Climate Smart Solutions Program was established in 2013 within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. We work closely with members of the Cornell Climate Change Program Work Team.
The mission of the Cornell Climate Smart Solutions Program is to:
- Carry out and facilitate interdisciplinary research and develop new resources and decision tools for stakeholders in New York, the Northeast, and beyond as the land-grant university to the world;
- Train farmers, community members, youth, and policymakers to help them mitigate and adapt to climate change; and
- Build partnerships and engage stakeholders to co-develop climate change solutions.
The Cornell Climate Smart Solutions Program builds stakeholder capacity and works toward a future where agricultural, environmental, and social systems are resilient in the face of climate change and have reduced their impacts on the climate system.