Climate Solutions University

Crew in fieldcropBecome a leader in the field of climate adaptation! Model Forest Policy Program offers the highly regarded Climate Solutions University: Forest & Water Strategies to assist communities in the challenging work of adapting to climate change.

Preparing your community for climate adaptation is critical. Smart planning protects vulnerable citizens from floods and drought, conserves water resources, preserves watershed health, stabilizes micro-climates, maintains species habitat, preserves the economy, and ensures community climate resilience.

The climate adaptation plan you create is ready for action. The finished product is thorough and specific. It includes action steps, timelines, deliverables, and responsible parties. In other words, this plan will not sit on the shelf!

Benefit from building resilience for at-risk urban and rural populations. You are a good fit to participate if you seek to build community capacity for climate resilience for at-risk urban and rural populations, and the critical forested watershed ecosystems and ecosystem services upon which they depend. As part of the program, upstream rural areas will partner with urban municipalities whose water resources, public health, and economic stability depend on ecosystem services in adjacent rural areas.

Communities with other planning processes can also qualify. In addition to communities that need to create a forest & water adaptation plan, Climate Solutions University: Forest & Water Strategies is also for those whose land use or comprehensive plans are up for revision, whose watershed plans fail to address how climate change impacts hydrology, or those struggling to implement a completed plan. Join our network of communities implementing their adaptation plans!

WE HOPE YOU ARE NEXT. Join the more than 25 communities that have planned and increased resilience through Climate Solutions University: Forest & Water Strategies. We even help you raise the funds to participate!


2015 Climate Adaptation Plan Development Program

Moab WaterfallOption 1:  Full Service Adaptation Planning   
This innovative program led by climate change experts from Model Forest Policy Program is for communities that need to create a local or regional forest & water adaptation plan.

The program is also suitable for organizations and municipalities who wish to integrate forest, water, and economic strategies into exiting plans/planning processes.

From January – December, your organization creates an effective, team-based, and actionable community plan with steps to form and engage a local planning team; conduct a local climate, forest, water, and economic risk analysis; develop practical adaptation strategies; and build public support to implement your plan.

Take tangible steps to protect your community from the negative impacts of climate change and benefit from climate-related opportunities!

Program Activities (All participation is online, interactive, and engaging)

  • Build a support team for collaborative adaptation planning.
  • Conduct a local climate, forest, water, and economic risk analysis.
  • Receive one-on-one coaching through regular calls with adaptation experts (2-3 hours/month).
  • Learning through two live, 90 minute interactive webinars each month.
  • Receive ongoing guidance, plan review, and research assistance from adaptation experts.
  • Complete your plan with analysis and editing support.
  • Gain exclusive access to MFPP’s Listserv with current climate adaptation resources and grant announcements.
  • Learn from and work with 4-6 other communities participating in the curriculum.
  • Network with past and present Climate Solutions University participants.
  • Benefit from 1-1 fundraising assistance.
  • Enjoy full access to all activities, speakers, working groups for those communities implementing their plans.
  • View the 2014 syllabus and completed plans.

Program Deliverables

  • A team-based, action oriented adaptation plan that is ready for implementation for forest, water, and economic resilience.
  • Engaged local stakeholder team for ongoing adaptation support.
  • Public support for taking action through your climate adaptation plan.
  • Recognition as a community leader in the field of climate adaptation.

Option 2:  Self-Directed Adaptation Planning

The self-directed program includes:

  • Access to recordings of webinar-based learning modules that guide through a process for team building, risk assessment, analysis and plan writing.
  • Step-by-step planning worksheets and checklists that outline planning process.
  • One-on-one monthly coaching calls with adaptation experts (1 hour/month).
  • Access to all recorded, archived webinars that offer guidance and examples.
  • Access to listserv of  climate adaptation practitioners and resources.

Limited space is available and participants are selected based on those that are the best fit!
Contact Josh Dye to discuss your interestjosh@joshdye.comor 612-481-8059


Climate Adaptation Plan Implementation Program

Implementing climate adaptation

The Plan Implementation program is open now for enrollment for communities with an existing adaptation plan that is not fully implemented. Our team helps you put your plan into action. We partner with communities for up to five years as each works to implement its plan.

The Plan Implementation program features:

  • Customized individual coaching to help implement the plan.
  • National webinars with climate experts.
  • Connections to federal agencies working on climate adaptation.
  • Interaction with our network of communities implementing adaptation plans.
  • Access to our online virtual curriculum.

Topics covered in recent Plan Implementation webinars include:

  • Generating revenue for climate adaptation.
  • Balancing information and relationships in climate adaptation communications.
  • Building support for climate action in the conservative religious community.
  • Communicating climate change data to decision makers.
  • Case Study: Ecosystem services in Shasta County, California.
  • Leadership and self-care.

Topics covered in recent Plan Implementation coaching sessions include:

  • Policy development and regulatory change.
  • Building your implementation team.
  • Citizen Science (volunteer data collection & public education).
  • Developing an economic message.
  • Ecosystem services.
  • Building support from conservatives.

Contact Josh Dye to discuss your interestjosh@joshdye.com or 612-481-8059.


Climate Solutions University Success Stories

Spanish ValleyIn Sumner County, TN the 2035 Comprehensive Plan now includes climate resilience measures including a goal  for new steep slope protection ordinances, and a county wide 2% increase in tree canopy, reversing tree loss trends along headwater streams.

In Taos, NM, the town awakened to water supply threats and adopted a new water conservation ordinance.

In Durango, CO, the Mountain Studies Institute is active in climate resilience with ecological restoration project and adaptive management through climate change monitoring for the San Juan Resource Management Plan.

In Keene, NH, the Sustainability Project members facilitated adoption of the Ashuelot River 10 year Implementation Plan. It is the first river protection document in the state to address climate change, for which they received recognition.

In Moab, UT, the Canyonlands Watershed Council’s climate planning contributed to  receiving a  $50,000 grant and recently created the Moab Area Watershed Partnership (MAWP) covering over 11,000 square miles and five designated impaired water bodies.

In Missoula, MT, the Clark Fork Coalition is integrating county adaptation planning with US Forest Service climate strategies.

“I highly recommend any agency seeking to pursue these issues engage MFPP for assistance. They fully understand the complexities of problems associated with forest, water and climate and how various policies can be implemented for governmental institutions to modify and change their existing directives and policies.”
~ James A. Stafne, Chairman
Cookeville Planning Commission, Tennessee

“The learning tools and course applications from Climate Solutions University have given the student’s from Moab, UT confidence and success.”
~ John Weisheit, Board,
Living Rivers, UT

Who should apply to Climate Solutions University?

• Community leaders of local government agencies
• Watershed organizations
• Nonprofits
• Civic organizations

Why Apply?
Curriculum Director Gwen Griffith explains the program and why you should apply.

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