Cornell Climate Smart Solutions Program develops climate change educational resources and programs for both adults and youth, including workshops with Cooperative Extension, online courses, and youth climate summits.

Climate Change & Youth

Young people play a critical role in protecting the climate.  According to the UNFCCC Secretary General Patricia Espinosa, “Young people want to be involved in the process, and we value that interest. It is central to all the questions we are addressing here. I also want to encourage you to get involved in your communities and at the national level.” Cornell Climate Smart Solutions Program provides resources and supports youth climate change education through the 4-H youth development program, including youth curriculum and activities, citizen science projects, climate change guidebooks, and materials for youth climate summits.  This is a growing collection of resources – which will be continually updated.

Climate Change Science

Cornell has contributed to many scientific assessments, reports and studies on climate change sciences. These publications include up to date information on climate change and mitigation strategies as well as informative material on the current status of climate science. Cornell has also developed of variety of factsheets  that succinctly summarize data and information on climate change.

Cornell Cooperative Extension has developed a variety of programs to help individuals and communities conserve natural assets and the environment within New York State. Programs range from civic ecology, ecology management and landscapes, fish and wildlife management, human dimensions and 4-H/youth.

Climate Change & Ecosystems


Climate Change MOOC

Interested in working toward climate solutions? Want to learn more about how to talk to people about climate change? The Climate Change Science, Communication, and Action Online Course covers the basics of climate change, from science to action, and will assist you in developing a consistent climate message.

Students interactingIn this six-week online course, you will start by getting to know each other and the basics of climate science and climate change impacts on our food and water supply, and human health (week 1). You will then learn about climate change communication and environmental psychology research and consider how this can inform your educational and environmental practices (week 2). Finally, you will hear about climate change adaptation and mitigation community solutions as well as examples of climate change communication in action (week 3-4). Each week will feature a discussion question and short quizzes. For your final assignment, you will complete a project plan that details how you will apply course material to your practices. Alternately, you can apply course material during the course and submit a report about your experience. You will have two extra weeks after the course ends to submit your final assignment.
Stay tuned for future webinars on climate change launching this November!
Sustainable campus

Cornell Students

Thoughtful and energetic student organizations serve as the backbone for Cornell’s sustainability efforts. There are active student groups contributing working on climate change and sustainability initiatives, including ECO and Climate Justice Cornell. Whether designing and developing solar houses, growing organic food, or simply spreading awareness of environmental issues, students are working diligently every day towards a greener campus and a brighter world. Get Involved!
Cornell University has offered a campus-wide undergraduate minor in climate change since 2012, which provides students the opportunity to explore climate change from varied disciplinary perspectives, while getting a firm grounding in the basic physical, ecological and social science as well as its interactions with history, philosophy and the arts. Based in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the minor is available to all Cornell undergraduates.

Cornell Campus Sustainability

Cornell University is a committed steward of the Earth and its people. From innovation to public engagement, the University is balancing today’s economic, environmental, and social issues with related needs of the future. Explore the Cornell’s Sustainability website to learn more about Cornell’s ten environmental focus areas and about how Cornell students, staff and faculty are cultivating collaboration, and acting as a premier hub for sustainability in operations, research, education, and engagement.