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.

Campus Affiliates

Allison M. Chatrchyan

CSS Program Director, EAS

Global Development Dept.

Shorna B. Allred

Natural Resources & Environment Dept.

Toby Ault

Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Deb Grantham

Northeastern IPM Center

Brian N. Belcher

NE Regional Climate Center, EAS

Kathy Bunting-Howarth

New York Sea Grant

Art DeGaetano

Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Danielle Eiseman

Communications Dept.

Curt Gooch

Biological & Env. Engineering

Mike Hoffmann

Entomology Dept., Emeritus

Johannes Lehmann

Soil & Crop Sciences

Drew Margolin

Communications Dept.

Ariel Ortiz-Bobea

The Dyson School of AEM

M. Todd Walter

Biological & Env. Engineering

David W. Wolfe

Horticulture Section, SIPS

CCE Partners

Sharon Anderson

CCE Tompkins County

Ave Bauder

CCE Seneca County

Terrance Carroll

CCE Tompkins County

Melinda Herzog

CCE Ulster County

Carolyn Klocker

CCE Dutchess County

Laura McDermott

CSF Extension Team

Jim O’Connell

CSF Extension Team

Kitty O’Neil

CSF Extension Team


Jake Brenner

Research Assistant

Marta Faulkner

Down to Earth Podcast

Pamela Wildstein

Research Assistant