Climate Literacy Collective Impact – Developing a Strategy


In recent years there have been a plethora of climate and energy literacy efforts, government funded and community based to enable individuals, professionals, organizations, and governments to make effective decisions within their realms of responsibility.  Individually these efforts have limited reach, impact, and duration.  We are seeking to enable broader reach, impact and sustainability through the development of effective Climate Literacy Collective Impact effort framed on the collective impact model described by Kania and Kramer (2011).

In this Working Session we will build on input the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) has received through ongoing discussions and surveys. This input suggests an effective strategy for a Climate Literacy Collective Impact effort is to enable a network of networks.  The specific focus of the session will be to develop a template for a Climate Literacy Collective Impact Network at the regional/metropolitan scale and how it might fit into a coordinating overarching network that would coordinate and leverage the regional/metropolitan networks across the country.

Tamara Ledley, Frank Niepold, Johanna Bozuwa, Billy Spitzer, Jonny Fraser, Karena Ruggerio, Jen Krester, Leah Qusba, Anita Davis, Kristen Poppleton, Cat Stalinski, Sasha Palmquist

Link to Google Folder with working documents

Collaborative Working Document (July 20-21, 2016):
Google Doc summarizing input received from multiple professional meeting opportunities (Dec 2012-Feb 2014) at
Results from 2013 CLEAN Network Survey (published in the Journal of Geoscience Education
AGU 2015 Workshop – Increasing Climate Literacy Through Collective Impact, Breakout group discussions
Kania and Kramer, Collective Impact, Stanford Social Innovation Review, 9(1), 36-41,, 2011.



This will be a Working Session. There will be invited participants who will be addressing developing a template for building a regional/metropolitan area climate literacy collective impact effort. 

Ledley, T.; Niepold, F.; Climate Literacy Collective Impact – Developing a Strategy; 2016 ESIP Summer Meeting. ESIP Commons , March 2016