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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: The Climate Change Education Roundtable." National Research Council. 2014. Climate Change Education: Engaging Family Private Forest Owners on Issues Related to Climate Change: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18807.
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Appendix A

The Climate Change Education Roundtable

Climate Change Education (CCE) is becoming a major investment area for the federal government, and will involve among others, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Department of Education, and the Department of Energy. CCE is defined as an effort that seeks to ensure that individuals and communities understand the essential principles of Earth’s climate system and the impacts of climate change, and are able to make informed and responsible decisions with regard to actions that may affect climate and adaptation to climate change. Such broad goals for CCE demand a transdisciplinary approach that blends education, learning, social, behavioral, economic, and global Earth system science and requires careful consideration of related research evidence from each of these disciplines.

The National Research Council established the Roundtable on Climate Change Education in September 2009 to foster ongoing discussion of the challenges to and strategies for improving public understanding of climate science and climate change among federal agencies, regional and local government units, the business community, nonprofit, and academic sectors. Through its five meetings and two associated workshops over a course of approximately three years, the 30 Roundtable members were learning from each other and invited experts about issues such as the challenges inherent to climate change education; strategic approaches to

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: The Climate Change Education Roundtable." National Research Council. 2014. Climate Change Education: Engaging Family Private Forest Owners on Issues Related to Climate Change: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18807.
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designing interlocking programs in research, learning, workforce development, and public literacy; and strategies for accelerating the education of U.S. citizens about climate and climate change. The Roundtable brings together federal and state policy makers, educators, scientists, and communications and media experts. It includes a number of ex officio members from federal agencies with dedicated interests in climate change education, including officials from NSF, NOAA, NASA, USGS, the Department of Energy, the Department of Education, the Department of Agriculture, and EPA.

The CCE Roundtable provides an opportunity to bring together overlapping and complementary expertise from academic and professional disciplines that commonly do not intersect when addressing CCE. It also provides federal agencies with important foundational knowledge related to key aspects of CCE and learning, such as the nature and scope of existing efforts, achievable and measurable goals, challenges and opportunities inherent in developing a national-level CCE initiative, and areas where investments may provide the greatest leverage. Roundtable discussions also provide useful new insights for a variety of other stakeholders. The CCE Roundtable also provides a formal mechanism to support continued collaboration and cooperation across federal agencies on major future climate change education or other science education initiatives. Through Roundtable discussions, the work of the federal agencies can be coordinated with stakeholders from private and nonprofit sectors such that their efforts can be built to complement and enhance federal initiatives. Through its public workshops and published workshop summaries, the CCE Roundtable will also become a source for evidence-based information related to climate change education.

So far, the CCE Roundtable has sponsored four associated workshops. The first one focused on fundamental goals and objectives of climate change education and outreach to various target audiences, and ways to understand whether these goals and objectives are being met. A summary report for the workshop is available at http://www.nap.edu: Climate Change Education: Goals, Audiences, and Strategies: A Workshop Summary (National Research Council, 2011, Washington, DC: The National Academies Press).

The second workshop sponsored by the Roundtable focused on K-14 education, particularly in light of the NRC conceptual framework for new science education standards that included climate change education relevant aspects. A summary report for the workshop is available at http://www.nap.edu: Climate Change Education in Formal Settings, K-14: A Workshop Summary (National Research Council, 2012, Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2012).

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: The Climate Change Education Roundtable." National Research Council. 2014. Climate Change Education: Engaging Family Private Forest Owners on Issues Related to Climate Change: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18807.
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The third workshop focused on how to close the gap in our understanding of climate and sustainability education in postsecondary professional schools of business. A summary report for the workshop is under development and will be available at http://www.nap.edu.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: The Climate Change Education Roundtable." National Research Council. 2014. Climate Change Education: Engaging Family Private Forest Owners on Issues Related to Climate Change: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18807.
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The forested land in the United States is an asset that is owned and managed not only by federal, state, and local governments, but also by families and other private groups, including timber investment management organizations and real estate investment trusts. The more than 10 million family forestland owners manage the largest percentage of forestland acreage (35 percent) and the majority of the privately owned forestland (62 percent). The Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for the stewardship of all of the nation's forests, has long worked with private owners of forestland on forest management and preservation. At a time when all forestland is facing intensified threats because of the long-term effects of global climate change, the Forest Service recognizes that family forestland owners play a key role in protecting forestland. It is working to identify optimal ways to engage this diverse group and support them in mitigating threats to the biologically diverse land they own or manage.

Climate Change Education: Engaging Family Private Forest Owners on Issues Related to Climate Change is the summary of a workshop, convened by the National Research Council's Board on Science Education and Board on Environmental Change and Society as part of its Climate Change Education Roundtable series, to explore approaches to the challenges that face state foresters, extension agents, private forestry consultants, and others involved with private family forestland owners on how to take climate change into consideration when making decisions about their forests. The workshop focused on how findings from the behavioral, social, and educational sciences can be used to help prepare for the impacts of climate change. The workshop participants discussed the threats to forests posed by climate change and human actions; private forestland owners' values, knowledge, and dispositions about forest management, climate change, and related threats; and strategies for improving communication between forestland owners and service providers about forest management in the face of climate change.

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