2010 Communities

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association – Bellingham, WA

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association logowww.n-sea.org

The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring sustainable wild salmon runs in Whatcom County, WA.  Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, (NSEA) was organized in 1990 as a coalition of community members and partners who work together for restoration of wild salmon runs in Whatcom County, from the Canadian border to the Skagit Watershed.

Community Highlight: As a result of the Climate Solutions University, NSEA is extending its reach from implementation of on-the-ground habitat projects into the policy arena through its existing network of connections with local governments, Tribes, and the academic community.


Mountain Studies Institute – Durango, CO

Mountain Studies Institute logowww.mountainstudies.org

The Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) is an independent, non-advocacy, not-for-profit 501(c)3 center for research, education, and outreach. MSI operates its headquarters and a high-altitude field station in Silverton, CO. MSI also has an office on campus at Fort Lewis College in nearby Durango, CO.  MSI’s mission is to enhance understanding and sustainable use of the San Juan Mountains through research and education.

Community Highlight: In Durango, Climate Solutions University has provided the focus and direction needed to reinvigorate sustainability working groups in both San Juan and La Plata Counties. The outcome of the CSU process is to be duplicated simultaneously in both counties, creating a “two for one” in an area of critical need.


Emerson Forest / Sustainability Project – Keene, NH

Emerson Forest Outdoor Education and The Sustainability Project picturewww.emersonbrookforest.org

Emerson Forest Outdoor Education Center/ The Sustainability Project, Inc.(TSP) is located within a 640-acre tract of Emerson Brook Forest in Gilsum, Cheshire County, New Hampshire. The project promotes a love of nature, environmental stewardship, and ways of living that deepen understanding of the interconnected web of life.

Community Highlight: Our work in Keene, has generated state government level attention. The State of New Hampshire has expressed interest in using the CSU program as a state model for specific and measurable climate adaptation planning.


Living Rivers & Canyonlands Watershed Council – Moab, UT

Living Rivers logowww.farcountry.org

From the Rocky Mountains through seven states and Mexico, the Colorado River is the artery of the desert southwest. Its canyons, ecology and heritage render an international treasure. The Canyonlands Watershed Council seeks wisdom and skills from the local and regional community to protect or restore its natural and cultural resources of the Southeast Utah tributaries of the Colorado River. Living Rivers/Colorado Riverkeeper empowers a movement to instill a new ethic of achieving ecological restoration, balanced with meeting human needs.

Community Highlight: In Moab and Castle Valley, Climate Solutions University  has helped the Canyonlands Watershed Council develop credibility and trust with regional state offices and organizations.  Through our team’s work, CWC has been asked to apply for a state Watershed Planning Grant which will bring $250,000 in support to develop a comprehensive watershed management plan that addresses forest conditions and climate change.


Sumner County Planning Department – Sumner County, TN

Sumner County, TN logowww.sumnertn.org/offices/planning-and-zoning

The 2035 Comprehensive Plan: Sumner County’s Blueprint to the Future will be the county’s collective effort to address anticipated and projected growth over the next 25 years.  Coordinating development activities between the county’s departments, municipalities, and regional entities and providing a context for local decision making will be enhanced with the plan.  Additionally, groups or individuals concerned with growth and development in the county will be informed of Sumner County’s plan for the future.

Community Highlight: In Sumner County, Climate Solutions University is helping the County Planner develop a Natural Resources Plan as an addition to the land use Comprehensive Plan that includes a focus on climate change impacts, including adaptation measures for flood prevention. This is timely as Sumner County was affected greatly by the recent flooding of the Nashville area.


Rocky Mountain Youth Corps – Taos, NM

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps logowww.youthcorps.org

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) was created in 1995 to revitalize community, preserve and restore the environment, prepare young people for responsible and productive lives, and build civic spirit through service. Modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930’s, RMYC provides creative approaches to problems stemming from poverty, youth substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and violence.

Community Highlight: Rocky Mountain Youth Corps members have been working along side industry professionals assessing and rehabilitating local forest and water conditions.  The Corps members range in age from 18 to 25 and are learning valuable professional skills to carry with them into their future careers.