Announcing the BoCo Youth Climate Challenge, a Competition for Middle and High School Students in Boulder County

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How can we shift attitude and behaviors and unite the Boulder community to create a more just, sustainable, and climate friendly future?  Announcing the BoCo Youth Climate Challenge, a competition for middle and high school students in Boulder County, facilitated by CU's Learn More About Climate, the Boulder Climate Culture Collaborative (C3 Boulder) and the City of Boulder. Earlier this year, Boulder published a draft of the Boulder Climate Commitment, a document that explains how we can, and why we must, reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2050. The document is divided into three sections … [Read more...]

Climate and Colorado’s Water Future Workshop March 11

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What is the impact of climate change on Colorado's water future? Experts from CU Boulder, CSU, NCAR, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, and the Center for ReSource Conservation will prepare you to think critically about the intersection of climate science and water resource issues. The workshop, hosted by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, will be hosted at the new CU Boulder Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex. Workshop attendees will get to tour the INSTAAR Stable Isotope Lab, where you will learn how scientists extract data from ice core samples taken in polar … [Read more...]

Energy Savings Opportunity for Rural and Low Income Schools

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Are you looking for ways to cut energy costs at your school, but are lacking the resources to do so?  The Energy Savings for Schools (ESS) Program provides energy management assistance and project implementation support to Colorado K-12 public schools, with an emphasis on rural and low-income communities. The ESS program is Colorado Energy Office's (CEO) comprehensive  K-12 energy efficiency program that consolidates all of CEO’s K-12 program offerings and statutory obligations. The program provides free energy and water audits, technical assistance, coaching, and implementation support for … [Read more...]

AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network Invites Colorado Communities to Explore Impacts of Oil and Gas Development

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Community, tribal and K-12 groups are invited to submit project proposals that explore impacts of oil and gas development on their local communities with support from the AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network based at the University of Colorado Boulder. The grants of up to $5,000 each aim to improve understanding of the risks and benefits of oil and gas development as identified by community organizations. Grant recipients will work with AirWaterGas researchers for the duration of their one-year projects. Proposals are due by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Grants will be awarded … [Read more...]

New Video Explores Arctic Sea Ice, Variability, and Climate Models

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The heartbeat of the arctic impacts climate worldwide. Join Jen Kay, CU-Boulder assistant professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences fellow, to learn about the “heartbeat”— or melt cycles of the arctic — climate modeling, and climate change in the new video, Arctic Sea Ice, Variability, and Climate Models: Kay studies cloud processes, polar climate, recent and projected Arctic sea ice loss, and evaluation and improvement of climate models. In this video she briefly explains how climate models work and the important role … [Read more...]

Theatre Projects Place Youth Center Stage in Discussions about Building Resilient Communities

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Fresh from the “Urban Thinkers Campus: The City We Need” conference in New York, Beth Osnes, associate professor of theatre, explains why involving youth is key to building more resilient communities. Osnes has created a methodology specific to energy development using theatre as a tool. Her many projects work with youth and communities near and far to shine a light on a new energy future. Based on her ongoing research, Osnes has also developed the Solar-Powered Shadow Puppet Performance project. Here, students participate in an energy forum and engage in a collective conversation about … [Read more...]

Interested in a Research Experience at RMBL this Summer?

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Want to spend a summer doing ecology research in Crested Butte? Participate in a research project with scientists at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) in Gothic, a historic mining town just up the road from Crested Butte. RMBL is seeking K-12 teachers for a summer 2016 Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program funded by the National Science Foundation. Teachers will work on research topics such as pollination, changing climate, and high-altitude ecosystems. To learn more, email Ian Billick. … [Read more...]

Call for Applications: NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project

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Join educators across the United States supporting climate resilience. Apply to become part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2016 Climate Stewards Education Project Stewardship Community. Selected educators who meet project requirements will be eligible for: • Mini-grants up to $2,000 to support a climate stewardship action project. • Travel reimbursements to attend select workshops and/or national conferences. • Special professional development opportunities. • Additional monetary and educational resources. Applications are due by midnight Sunday, Nov. … [Read more...]

Meet Us at the Colorado Science Conference

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Learn More About Climate will be at the Colorado Science Conference on Friday, Nov. 20 at the Denver Mart. The goal of the Colorado Science Conference is to provide professional development opportunities that strengthen science content and pedagogy, provide access to educational resources, and help build strong, professional networks that support the great work of Colorado science teachers. Much like the Colorado Science Conference, Learn More About Climate’s mission also aims to support science teachers across our state and beyond. Come see us in the exhibition hall or drop by our … [Read more...]

High School Class Builds Snow Depth Sensor: How You Can Too

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Students at Pagosa Springs High School have great opportunities to collect authentic environmental data in their classes, and they have recently expanded their capacity to monitor snow depth thanks to a resourceful peer, Connor Burkesmith. With support from Learn More About Climate and technical support from Andrew Wickert, an alumnus of the CU-Boulder Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, Burkesmith built a snow sensor as part of his independent study project to collect low-elevation snow depth data near downtown Pagosa Springs. Wickert developed the sensor, called an ALog Data Logger, … [Read more...]