Welcome to the Cooling the Curriculum Learning Portal, a web portal community to connect those interested in the incorporation of climate change modules, science, and theory into higher education curriculum and other teaching institutions. 

Use the topics on the left hand navigation bar to upload, share, and explore articles and reports, teaching resources, and other resources for teaching and designing curriculum around climate change.  See the "Help" tab on the left navigation bar to explore details of posting information.

This learning community is made possible with the support of  a Global Climate Change Education NASA cooperative agreement, Cooling the Liberal Arts Curriculum: A Campaign for Climate Change Education at 4- and 2-Year Liberal Arts Colleges, which provides learning workshops and funding to faculty interested in enhancing and developing new climate change curriculum.

Changing Planet Faculty Study Group (2010 & 2011)

The study group is a learning community for the enrichment of interdisciplinary teaching about Earth science and human dimensions of climate change at 4- and 2-year liberal arts colleges. Members of the learning community will participate in a four-day workshop.  The workshop will bring together science, social science, and humanities teachers from liberal arts colleges to develop new courses or course modules revise existing courses, explore engaged learning pedagogies, and add to their knowledge for teaching about climate change.

Climate Modeling and Data Application Workshop (2010 & 2011)

Participants in the workshop will receive training in the use of a NASA global climate model (GCM) and the tools to integrate and visualize social, economic, and environmental data for teaching about climate change at the undergraduate level. Members of the group will participate in a four-day workshop at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. The climate modeling component of the workshop will make use of EdGCM, a software package developed at Columbia University and NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) that integrates a computer climate model with a point-and-click interface and scientific visualization and mapping tools. EdGCM simplifies the set up, running, and analysis of climate modeling experiments  and it is in use around the world helping students at universities and secondary schools learn about climate science and computer modeling through hands-on activities.

Teaching about Climate Change Workshop (January 10, 2014)

Participants in this one-day workshop will learn from each other sharing pedagogies, teaching strategies and innovative activities that they have found to be effective with their students. Over 65 college and university faculty from across the curriculum at over 30 institutions will gather to share models for teaching about climate change in higher education. The program for the workshop was developed from presentations and topics proposed by the registrants including presentations from physical sciences, social sciences and humanities. Paul C. Stern, Senior Scholar at the National Research Council/National Academy of Science, will provide the keynote address on the human dimensions of climate change.

The Center for Sustainability Education:

The mission of the Center for Sustainability Education is to establish Dickinson College as a nationally recognized leader and innovator of liberal education that prepares students to engage in human, social, and economic development that is environmentally sustainable and socially just. The Center supports this mission by working with all members of the Dickinson community to integrate study of the environment and sustainability across the college curriculum, and to link campus learning with co-curricular programs, greening of campus operations, and both global and local civic engagement. 

Dickinson College: 

Dickinson College, founded in 1773, is a highly selective, private residential liberal-arts college known for its innovative curriculum. Its mission is to offer students a useful education in the arts and sciences that will prepare them for lives as engaged citizens and leaders. The 180-acre campus of Dickinson College is located in the heart of historic Carlisle, Pa. The college offers 42 majors with an emphasis on international studies, has more than 40 study-abroad programs in 24 countries on six continents and offers 13 modern languages.

Contact Information

Center for Sustainability Education
Lindsey Lyons, Assistant Director
Email: lyonsli@dickinson.edu
Phone: 717.245.1117


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Planning for local climate change adaptation, Ana Emlinger, University of Massachusetts-Amherst Last Updated on 2014-03-14 09:31:56 This presentation is from the Engagement, Behavior & Action session at the: Cooling the Liberal Arts Workshop for Teaching about Climate Change Dickinson College January 10, 2014 ANA EMLINGER UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS-AMHERST More »
Interviewing a Global Warming Skeptic Assignment Last Updated on 2014-01-30 15:04:31 Below is an assignment that is appropriate for any level of high school or college course.   Interview a Global Warming Skeptic   Summary: For this lab you will interview someone who identifies themselves as a skeptic of some aspect regarding the science of global warming. Your goal is to understand why and how they came to their opinion and to assess the validity of their opinion based on your own research into the issue. My goal is not to influence you or your interviewee’s opinions but rather to have you think critically about a very prominent current issue and come to your own conclusions.   Goals for this assignment 1.Assess the validity of common global warming skeptic arguments. 2.Think critically about these arguments and formulate your own opinions.   Description: Select and interview someone who self-identifies as a skeptic of some component... More »
Syllabus: Campus Carbon Footprint Analysis, Jeff Howard, University of Texas at Arlington Last Updated on 2014-01-16 14:24:23 This is the graduate syllabus for a 6-week, 3-credit-hour studio course during which graduate and undergraduate students and I performed the first carbon footprint analysis for the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington. Instead of one of the software packages typically used for campus carbon footprint analyses, we used ICLEI/CCAP's Clean Air and Climate Protection software (through a special arrangement with ICLEI). This gave the students (in City and Regional Planning as well as Urban Affairs) experience with one of the primary software packages used by municipalities. It also served our goal of making the campus analysis mesh well with a parallel analysis undertaken at the same time by the City of Arlington.  The resulting report:  Jeff Howard, Greg Collins, Vinodh Valluri, et al., “University of Texas at Arlington carbon footprint... More »
Research collaboration on climate change and the professions, Jeff Howard, New Jersey Institute of Technology (workshop presentation) Last Updated on 2014-01-16 13:54:17 This presentation with audio is from the Science, Science Literacy, & Skepticism session at: Cooling the Liberal Arts Workshop for Teaching about Climate Change Dickinson College January 10, 2014 Download powerpoint file with audio from web. Click below, then select Download. Powerpoint w/ audio: Research collaboration on climate change and the professions, Jeff Howard, New Jersey Institute of Technology Also see the research prospectus.  More »
Research Collaboration on Climate Change and the Professions (prospectus) Last Updated on 2014-01-16 13:36:17 This is a prospectus for an open-ended research collaboration on how the professions relate to climate change -- historically and today -- and what society needs from them to effectively meet the challenges that climate change poses. I envision such research being undertaken by college students (grad and undergrad), by scholars, by individual members of professions, by professional organizations, and by NGOs. I will welcome inquiries, suggestions, proposals. Also see my workshop presentation on an initial experiment employing this idea in an undergraduate classroom at New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2013. More »