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Summer Institute for Climate Change Education Wraps Up

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(Climate Generation)  Last week, we wrapped up our 12th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment! Over 50 educators from more than 10 states joined us for four impactful days of climate change education, supported by the generous contributions of our sponsors and donors. Special thanks to those donors who helped us offer scholarships to 13 out-of-state educators to travel and attend this training. Thanks to our lead Summer Institute sponsors: Xcel Energy, Avangrid Renewables, Aveda, General Mills, Institute on the Environment, and Apex, as well as our food donors and public forum attendees!

Monday – Summer Institute attendees were oriented to our interdisciplinary and solutions-oriented approach to teaching climate change. Day 1 focused on the evidence of climate change and common misinformation. That evening, educators and community members packed the Humphrey School’s Cowles auditorium for our free public forum, Climate Change in the Age of Alternative Facts. Watch the video here.

Tuesday – U of M Energy Transition Lab director Ellen Anderson gave the keynote talk, reviewing the electricity legacy of our country and highlighting the exciting path ahead as the clean energy transition accelerates. Day 2 focused on the causes and impacts of climate change, and included an hour-long speed dating with scientists from the U. In the evening, educators and staff picnicked and watched baseball at the energy-efficient CHS Field, home of the St. Paul Saints.

Wednesday – Educators split off for U of M lab visits in the morning, which included trips to the Monarch Lab and the College of Biological Sciences Conservatory, providing an opportunity to learn how climate science is conducted. During the afternoon, they rotated through action workshops to learn how to put their growing climate literacy expertise into practice.

Thursday – The last day of the Institute featured an optional field trip to the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve where educators toured the fields, collected data, and learned about the resources at the reserve, including how climate change affects our biomes. READ MORE

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