National Sustainability – Focused Extension Programs

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Arizona


 

Program: University of Arizona Compost CatsLogo
Institution: University of Arizona
Category: Land, Food, Energy
Range: Regional
Description: Compost Cats is a student run program that began in January 2011 and has converted over 10,000,000 pounds of food and green waste into valuable soil amendments for landscapes and gardens. In addition to waste from the University of Arizona, we gather waste from a growing list of local businesses as well. We have recently partnered with the City of Tucson, which performs waste hauling.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification

 

 


Program: Externships in Community Sustainability
Institution: University of Arizona
Category: Food, Water
Range: Arizona statewide
Description: University students are paired with Extension faculty throughout the state to work on summer-long projects that improve community resiliency, such as community garden and farmers market start-ups, integrated pest management research, and rainwater harvesting to note a few.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings

 


Program: The Kitchen GardenWalking_April_2015_2
Institution: University of Arizona
Category: Food
Range: Pima county
Description: The Garden Kitchen is a seed-to-table nutrition education program which aims to engage low-income community members in healthy eating, gardening, and active living education. We work with our community to improve the food environment by educating on every step of bringing a healthy meal to the table. We value respect, equity, and sustainability in all of our programs.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Direct community education


 

Program: Monitoring Arizona RangelandsRobel
Institution: University of Arizona
Category: Land, Food
Range: Arizona statewide
Description: Rangeland monitoring has become an essential component of ranching today. In Arizona, most ranches depend to some extent on Federal and/or state lands to augment private land grazing. Together with Arizona Cooperative Extension, many Arizona ranchers have decided to collect range monitoring data and keep their own records on vegetation conditions and trends. Our educational and applied research program provides training and technical support for ranchers and other range managers interested in developing and applying rangeland monitoring throughout Arizona.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Information


Program: Climate Science Applications Program

Institution: University of Arizona
Category: Air Quality/ Climate Change, Food, Water
Range: Arizona statewide
Description: CSAP is a University of Arizona Cooperative Extension program focused on bringing climate science research and applications to the people of the state of Arizona and the 200dpi_logo_v2broader Southwest region including New Mexico, southern California, and northern Mexico. The program works to develop and coordinate outreach activities and applied research between the climate research community at the University of Arizona and a wide group of climate science user groups throughout the Southwest. This includes providing support and working through Cooperative Extension offices throughout Arizona. Partnerships with federal agencies down to individual climate science users are forged to improve the production and delivery of climate information. Research activities within CSAP include new climate product development tailored to specific user group needs and exploration into novel climate data visualization, dissemination, and analysis techniques and tools.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Online tools

 


Program: Turfgrass Research, Extension, and EducationIMG_0006_2
Institution: University of Arizona
Category: Land, Air Quality/Climate Change, Water
Range: Arizona statewide
Description: Turfgrass research is conducted to evaluate and determine appropriate grasses for use in desert landscapes and sports facilities under limited quantities and qualities of water. Practices are evaluated, validated, and new technologies are transferred to professional turf managers and landscapers.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification

 

 


Program: Arizona’s Changing Rural Landscapes 
Institution: University of Arizonahuachucaswithsnow
Category: Land, Air Quality/Climate Change, Food, Water, Energy
Range: Arizona statewide
Description: Arizona Cooperative Extension’s community and economic development programs help residents, landowners and governments understand changes in the state’s rural areas. The goal is to help citizens define and contribute to the future of their communities, and become better informed, more resilient and sustainable.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


 

Program: Water RAPIDS (Research and Planning Innovations for Dryland Systems)mock-upRAPIDS_other
Institution: University of Arizona
Category: Water
Range: Arizona statewide
Description: The goal of Water RAPIDS (Water Research and Planning Innovations for Dryland Systems) program is to help communities balance a secure water future for residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural sectors with the water needs of natural areas.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification, and assistance to communities and land and water managers in water planning and research on effective mechanism of engagement on water issues.


Program: SmartscapeUA_smartscape_logo_jpeg_CMYK
Institution: University of Arizona
Category: Land, Water
Range: Maricopa and Pima counties
Description: Smartscape is a comprehensive, research‐based, professional training program specifically designed to assist landscape professionals in the design, installation, and maintenance of attractive, water-efficient landscapes that offer a unique sense of place and value to communities.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Certification

 

 

 

 

Arkansas


Program: Arkansas Local Food Meetups
Institution: University of Youre_invited_headerArkansas
Category: Food
Range: Regional
Description: The University of Arkansas (UA) Division of Agriculture offers programs and host events that can help support local food systems development in your community. Look around for upcoming events and resources to assist you with increasing local foods in your community.
Our UA Community and Economic Development Unit is participating in a mutli-state partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate state efforts around local food system development to look for opportunities to:
Provide greater resources and technical assistance for local food system development.
Support regional planning and development.
Foster local food and farm business development.

Program Offerings: regional planning and networking meetings

California

Program: UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and EducaSAREP_Logo_Current_transparent_backgroundtion Program 
Institution: UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and UC Davis
Category: Land, Air Quality/Climate Change, Water, Energy
Range: Statewide
Description: SAREP provides leadership and support for scientific research and education in agricultural and food systems that are economically viable, conserve natural resources and biodiversity, and enhance the quality of life in the state’s communities. SAREP serves farmers, farmworkers, ranchers, researchers, educators, regulators, policy makers, industry professionals, consumers, and community organizations across the state.

Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Network building


 

Program: UC California Naturalist ProgramCN_hatpin
Institution: University of California Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Category: Land, Air Quality/Climate Change, Water
Range: California statewide
Description: The UC California Naturalist Program is designed to introduce Californians to the wonders of our unique ecology and engage the public in study and stewardship of California’s natural communities. Our mission is to foster a diverse community of naturalists and promote stewardship of California’s natural resources through education and service.
Program Offerings: face-to-face trainings, website, information, certification


Program: Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
Institution: University of California
Category: Air Quality/Climate Change, Food, Water
Range: California statewide
Description: Healthy agriculture and food systems are fundamental to quality of life in California. SAREP is committed to strengthening California’s agriculture by advancing knowledge of the science of sustainability, supporting farmers and ranchers working to develop more sustainable agricultural practices, and assisting communities in building strong and healthy regional food systems.
Program Offerings: Website, Information, Research


Program: Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program
Institution: University of California
Category: Food
Range: California statewide
Description: The University of California Statewide IPM Program draws on expertise of UC scientists to develop information on managing pests using safe and effective strategies that protect people and the environment. UC IPM works through Cooperative Extension to deliver information to clients in every California County.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Research


 

Program: Master Gardenersca
Institution: University of California
Category: Food, Land, Water
Range: California statewide
Description: Master Gardeners enhance local, sustainable, healthy food systems for families, neighborhoods and communities by increasing gardening and science literacy through quality education and outreach. They encourage sustainable gardening practices such as water conservation, water quality, green waste reduction, wildlife enhancement, and energy conservation.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification


 

Program: California Institute for Water Resourcesca2
Institution: University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Category: Water
Range: California statewide
Description: The mission of the California Institute for Water Resources is to integrate California’s research, extension, and education programs to develop research-based solutions to water resource challenges. The Institute facilitates collaborative research and outreach on water issues across California’s academic institutions and with international, federal, state, regional, nonprofit, and campus communities.
Program Offerings: Website, Information, Research


 

Program: Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases Strategic Initiativeca3
Institution: University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Category: Food
Range: California statewide
Description: The Endemic and Invasive Pest and Diseases Initiative educates California communities and stakeholders about new and emerging threats to healthy food systems. Experts are involved in cutting edge research in the following three areas: exclusion of pests and pathogens, emerging problems with pests and diseases, and integrated management.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Research


 

Program: Healthy Families and Communities Strategic Initiative ca4
Institution: University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Category: Food
Range: California statewide
Description: The Healthy Families & Communities initiative is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles, science literacy, and positive youth development in local communities. The initiative works in the following areas: promoting healthy behaviors for childhood obesity prevention; encouraging and enhancing youth science literacy; and promoting positive youth development.
Program Offerings: Website, Information, Research


 

Program: Sustainable Food Systems Strategic Initiative
Institution: University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Category: Food, Waterca5
Range: California statewide
Description: Sustainable food systems is one of five strategic initiatives that seek new resources and partnerships within and outside of UC to find solutions for California.   The initiative is focused on: food safety; improving competitiveness and productivity; and supporting the sustainability of small farms including local food systems and urban agriculture.
Program Offerings: Website, Information, Research


 

Program: Sustainable Natural Ecosystems Strategic Initiativeca6
Institution: University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Water
Range: California statewide
Description: The Sustainable Natural Ecosystems initiative works to preserve identify and prioritize issues and solutions affecting forests, rangelands, and wetlands.   Priority issues include: understanding and valuing ecosystem services; maintaining working landscapes; biodiversity; energy; water quality and quantity; climate change; regulations; land use change and fragmentation; and education.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Information, Research


 

Program: Water Quality, Quantity, and Security Strategic InitiativeWater canal. Control and flexibility for better water-use efficiency for surface-irrigation systems.
Institution: University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Category: Water
Range: California statewide
Description: The goal of the Water Initiative is to define, prioritize, and implement actions that effectively and efficiently help California address water availability challenges. The Water Strategic Initiative has targeted four key areas of inquiry for research and extension projects: surface water quantity; groundwater quantity; surface water quality; and groundwater quality.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Research

Colorado


 

Program: Colorado Building FarmersCBF_2C_Logo_150

Institution: Colorado State University
Category: Food
Range: Colorado statewide
Description: The Colorado Building Farmers program builds farmer capacity and community through classroom and experiential learning for beginning farmers and ranchers (USDA defines as 0 – 10 yrs experience). The classroom program is a series of 8 evening classes designed to help New Farmers and Ranchers explore farming as a business and provide Intermediate and Experienced Farmers and Ranchers with tools and ideas to refine and enhance their business management, production, and marketing skills. The experiential learning program provides engaged mentorships and internships to beginning farmers and ranchers from experienced farmers and ranchers.
Program Offerings: face-to-face trainings, website, information, certification


 

Program: Small Acreage Management ProgramNew Small acreage Logo final
Institution: Colorado State University
Category: Land, Food, Water
Range: Colorado statewide
Description: The Colorado Small Acreage Program is a partnership initiative with CSU Extension and USDA-NRCS. Small acreage landowners (owning 2-100 acres) can learn information concerning managing their land in Colorado. Assistance such as how to reseed pastures, grazing management, weed identification and control, manure management, and irrigation of crops is available on the website. The website contains recorded webinars, short videos, archived newsletter articles, and other educational material on many topics to help new landowners.  The regional small acreage coordinators also offer workshops, field visits, and one-on-one consultation to help landowners solve their small acreage questions.
Program Offerings: face-to-face trainings, website, information


Program: Colorado Master Land Steward Programco
Institution: Colorado State University Extension and USDA-NRCS
Category: Land, Water
Range: Colorado statewide
Description: CSU Extension, the USDA-NRCS, and our partners want to collectively help landowners make informed management decisions that will protect the resources on private lands. Therefore, the program will train interested residents and landowners to become knowledgeable and skilled land stewards. The lessons learned in this short course will help you reduce input costs and at the same time improve the quality of life we work so hard to maintain!
This course will give private landowners the tools necessary to implement cost effective management activities on the land. Utilizing local know-how and research-based information, participants will leave the course with their own customized management plan to put into place on their own property.
Program Offerings: face-to-face trainings, information, certification

Connecticut



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Agricultural Water Use
Institution: UConn Extension
Category: Water
Range: Florida statewide
Description: UConn Extension is helping agricultural producers enhance water security and prepare for drought. We are documenting water use in Connecticut agriculture, to establish baseline standards for water use for all types of agricultural operations in each of the state’s eight counties.

Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


 

Program: Center for Land Use Education and ResearchCT
Institution: UConn Extension
Category: Land
Range: Regional
Description: The mission of the Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) is to provide information and assistance to land use decision makers and other audiences in support of better land use decisions, healthier natural resources, and more resilient communities.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification


Program: Sustainable Food Systemsct1
Institution: UConn Extension
Category: Food
Range: Regional
Description: The UConn Extension Sustainable Food Systems is a multi-faceted program that addresses the needs of strengthening the food system in Connecticut and New England through cross-sector coordination. The program includes: network development for food system stakeholders, community food security, farm-to-institution development, farm to school programs, local food access, food justice, beginner farmer training, and farmland leasing assistance.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification


 

Program: Climate Adaptation Academyct2
Institution: UConn Extension
Category: Air Quality/ Climate Change
Range: Regional
Description: The Climate Adaptation Academy provides information on current adaptation research, policy and practice, and serves to promote an exchange of information between municipal officials, researchers, and other professionals.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification


Program: CT NEMO ProgrammastheadImage
Institution: UConn Extension
Category: Land, Water
Range: National
Description: NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) provides information, education and assistance to local land use officials and other community groups on how they can accommodate growth while protecting their natural resources and community character. NEMO is a part of the Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) and the Department of Extension at the University of Connecticut College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program: Land Use Academyct
Institution: UConn Extension
Category: Land
Range: Connecticut statewide
Description: The Land Use Academy provides practical education for local land use decision makers in Connecticut. Our program focuses on the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to serve effectively on a local land use commission.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification


Program: Connecticut Tree Wardensct3
Institution: UConn Extension
Category: Land
Range: Connecticut statewide
Description: Since 1991, UConn Extension Tree Warden Outreach has provided tree wardens, deputy tree wardens, elected and appointed public officials, and community forestry volunteers with education and assistance on tree warden duties, roles and responsibilities and urban and community forestry. In 1992, the program formed the Tree Wardens’ Association of Connecticut, Inc., to provide a means for tree wardens and deputy tree wardens to come together through peer participation to increase and expand their knowledge and to motive them to perform their duties well.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification


Program: Connecticut’s Changing Landscapect4
Institution: UConn Extension
Category: Land
Range: Connecticut statewide
Description: Changing Landscape is a remote sensing-based land cover study that charts landscape changes in Connecticut and portions of New York. It covers the 25-year period from 1985 to 2010 (with in-between dates of 1990, 1995, 2002 and 2006). It includes information on basic land cover, as well as subsidiary analyses of riparian corridor land cover, impervious cover and agricultural field and soil analysis.

The Connecticut’s Changing Landscape focuses on Connecticut towns. The Long Island Sound Watershed’s Changing Landscape focuses on watersheds in Connecticut and New York that drain into Long Island Sound.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


 

Program: Stormwisect5
Institution: UConn Extension
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Energy
Range: Connecticut statewide
Description: Stormwise is a forest vegetation management program with the goal of reducing the risk of tree-related storm damage to power lines. Implementing proper long-term management practices in woodlands along utility corridors will create healthy, storm resistant and aesthetically pleasing trees and forest stands. The development of Stormwise was initiated by recent catastrophic storm events in Connecticut.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program: New Farms and Farmersct6
Institution: UConn Extension
Category: Food
Range: Connecticut statewide
Description: UConn Extension’s project targets new and beginning farmers with less than 10 years of experience. We leverage the expertise of UConn Extension educators along with the training and networking expertise of eight organizations that have a commitment to supporting new farmers in Connecticut. These project collaborators host workshops, assist with unique learning events, and support beginning farmer networking.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program: Connecticut Shellfish Initiativect7
Institution: UConn Extension
Category: Land, Food, Water
Range: Connecticut statewide
Description: Shellfish interest groups are working together to develop Connecticut’s first vision plan to protect and grow the state’s shellfish sectors, and to increase public awareness about Connecticut’s shellfish heritage. The Initiative has three focus areas are:
-commercial harvest and aquaculture
-recreational harvest
-natural shellfish resources
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


 

Program: Meat Systemsct8
Institution: UConn Extension
Category: Food
Range: Regional
Description: A professional development opportunity in grass-based meat systems for agricultural service providers and farmers provided by the Northeast SARE state programs in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


 

Program: Local Foodsct9Institution: UConn Extension
Category: Food
Range: Connecticut statewide
Description: Live Local Connecticut is an e-platform of information and tools to help people discover local agriculture and enjoy the rewards of gardening, cooking, hunting, and fishing for themselves, their families, and community.
Program Offerings: Website, Information


 

Program: Soil Nutrient Analysis Laboratoryct10

Institution: UConn Extension
Category: Food, Land
Range: Connecticut statewide
Description: The Soil Nutrient Analysis Laboratory has three major objectives. First is to provide an inexpensive means for both agricultural producers and home owners to test their soil fertility and receive environmentally sound limestone and fertilizer recommendations. The second major focus of the Laboratory is education. Through our analyses as well as outreach efforts, clients and the public are being informed about wise soil management and fertility practices. The Laboratory also analyses research samples for University faculty and graduate students and serves as a teaching laboratory for several Department of Plant Science classes.
Program Offerings: Website, Information


Program: Geospatial Training Programct11

Institution: UConn Extension
Category: Land
Range: Connecticut statewide
Description: GTP provides technical education and training outside the traditional academic environment. The program’s goal is to help municipal land use officials, staff and commission members understand and apply geospatial information technologies to help solve local land use problems and to develop environmentally sensitive land use plans. The program focuses on the use of geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS) and global positioning system (GPS) technology and online mapping and introduces new users to these technologies through hands-on training courses.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program: Integrated Pest Management (IPM)ct12
Institution: UConn Extension
Category: Food
Range: Connecticut statewide
Description: The University of Connecticut IPM Program staff members work directly with and provide educational outreach to commercial growers, natural area managers, groundskeepers, educators and the general public in Connecticut. In addition, they conduct research and offer extension programs in these areas: Fruit, Greenhouse, Invasive Species, IPM Curriculum, Nursery, Turf & Landscape and Vegetables.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


 

Program: Water Resourcesct13
Institution: UConn Extension
Category: Land
Range: Connecticut statewide
Description: Land use is a major determinant of both water quality and water quantity. CLEAR has several projects and programs focusing on the impact of urbanization on water resources. Our nationally known NEMO and National NEMO programs focus on the use of green infrastructure (GI) as a strategy to reduce pollution, flooding and erosion associated with urban runoff. We also have several applied research projects and specialized websites providing information and tools to help analyze your landscape with respect to common water resource problems. And don’t forget to check out our Land and Climate section, since GI has now become recognized as an important climate resilience strategy.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


 

Program: Food Safetyct14
Institution: UConn Extension
Category: Food
Range: Connecticut statewide
Description: Have a question? Need some information about safe food handling? Growing safe fruits and vegetables? Writing a food safety plan for your food business? Finding out who regulates a food product? How to report a food borne illness?

Here you will find the food safety information and resources Connecticut consumers, producers, processors, retailers, and others need to help them produce and prepare safer food.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification


Program: Beach & Dune Hazard Guidect15
Institution: UConn Extension
Category: Land, Water, Climate Change
Range: Connecticut statewide
Description: Storms and associated hazards such as flooding and erosion can damage coastal property and affect beaches and dunes that provide valuable habitat for uniquely adapted species of plants and animals. This website will help you evaluate threats and identify what you can do to protect your coastal property and the natural environment.

While beaches occupy only about 14 percent, or 87 miles, of Connecticut’s coastline, the shoreline is densely populated. Hazards of living near a beach or dune system include hurricanes and nor’easters, erosion, storm surge, and flooding. Learn more about Connecticut’s beaches and dunes and determine if your beach property is eroding.

Program Offerings: Website, Information

 

 

Florida


Program: Sustainable Floridians
Institution: University of Florida – Brevard County Extension
Category: Air, Energy, Food, Water
Range: Brevard County
Description: Learn how to reduce your footprint, increase your handprint, and make connections for a better Brevard County! The mission of the Sustainable Floridians Program is to guide Floridians on how to take individual responsibility for protecting Earth’s limited resources. Through a discussion-to-action format, the program educates participants about making wise use of resources, making households and communities more resilient and financially sound, and understanding the impact of individual lifestyle choices.

Program Offerings: Certificates, Face-to-face trainings, Fact sheets, Resource website

 


Program: Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute 
Institution: University of Florida
Category: Air, Energy, Land, Water, Food
Range: Florida statewide
Description: We are all dependent on Florida’s natural resources. Decisions about natural resources involve complex sets of issues and stakeholders. Expensive and time consuming disputes often emerge over issues such as endangered species, land use, coastal and marine resources, and water quality and quantity. Effective leadership in managing such issues requires a specialized set of skills, tools, and strategies to build trust and promote collaboration among competing interests. In recognition of this, the Florida Natural Resources. Leadership Institute (NRLI) was founded in 1998 to bring together professionals in sectors that impact or are impacted by natural resource issues to develop the skills required to work towards collaborative solutions.

NRLI seeks to impact decision-making in Florida by creating a network of professionals prepared to effectively address natural resource issues through conflict management and collaborative leadership. NRLI is an eight month professional development program. Each intensive three-day session is held in a different part of the state and focuses on a specific and contentious natural resource issue. Sessions include: immersion in the issue/topic through first-hand experience with the resource; engagement with stakeholders from diverse institutions/organizations and perspectives; and experiential training in skills, concepts, tools, and strategies related to collaborative decision making, conflict management, communication, and negotiation.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website


Program: Natural Areas Training AcademyFL
Institution: University of Florida IFAS Extension

Category: Land

Range: Florida statewide
Description: We provide natural resource managers with training in the strategies of natural areas management to positively affect the conservation of natural landscapes, both in public and private ownership. This training includes practical, field-oriented management techniques focused on, but not limited to, Florida’s natural areas.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Certification


 

Program: Homeflow
Institution: University of Florida
Category: Water, Energy
Range: National
Description: Homeflow is a series of research-based modules that explores the relationships between the health of the home and its occupants, communications between occupants, home maintenance and operations, energy and functional efficiency, and home safety routines. Homeflow is about how the home “flows” together as a unit, starting with communications between occupants and progressing to specific steps that can help your home function smoothly and efficiently.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings

Georgia


 

Program: Athens-Clarke County Master Composter Program
Institution: University of Georgia
Category: Land, Air quality/ Climate change, Food
Range: Regional
Description: Established in 2011 as a partnership between Athens-Clarke County Extension and the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department, the Georgia Master Composter Program is an adult education course and Extension Volunteer program.  Master Composters complete a nine-week training course that covers all aspects of the composting process.  Classes are taught by UGA faculty, Athens-Clarke County and US Forest Service staff, and small and commercial business owners.  Topics include the chemistry and microbiology of composting, types of and reasons for composting, composting techniques and teaching tools.  As Extension volunteers, Master Composters then use this information to share composting basics with their family, friends and the community.  To date, the Georgia Master Composter Program has trained 56 participants in the Athens area.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification

 


 

Program: Athens Area Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Programcq5dam.web.1280.1280
Institution: University of Georgia
Category: Land, Food
Range: Regional
Description: Established in 1990, the Athens Area Master Gardener Program provides novice and seasoned gardeners with an intensive educational experience in horticulture principles, practices and pest management. Classes are taught by University of Georgia faculty and other subject area experts. Class topics include botany, plant physiology, soils, flowering plants, vegetable gardening, fruit gardening, herb gardening, organic gardening, entomology, plant pathology and disease control, landscape design, plant propagation, composting and more.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification


Program: Athens-Clarke County Master Naturalist ProgramRuby-throated Hummingbird
Institution: University of Georgia
Category: Land, Air quality/ Climate change, Food, Energy
Range: Regional
Description: The Georgia Master Naturalist program is an adult environmental education course developed by UGA Extension and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources for people interested in exploring the habitats, ecosystems and the natural environments of our state. The Program is a combination of lectures and hands-on field studies taught by UGA faculty and field experts.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification

 

Idaho


 

Program: Biodiesel Education ProgramDSCN0615
Institution: University of Idaho
Category: Air quality/ Climate change, Energy
Range: National
Description: The Biodiesel Education Program provides education regarding the benefits of biodiesel use, fuel quality, and how to use the fuel appropriately.  For the biodiesel industry we provide information about new developments in technology, how to safely provide high quality fuel, and how to increase feedstock production.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification


Program: Cultivating Success Idaho: Sustainable Small Farm EducationID

Institution: University of Idaho Extension
Category: Food
Range: Idaho statewide
Description: Cultivating Success works to creating and implement educational programs to increase the number and foster the success of sustainable small acreage farmers and ranchers in Idaho. It is a partnership between University of Idaho, Washington State University and the nonprofit organization Rural Roots.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification


 

Program: IDAH2O Master Water StewardsIDAH2O_Image_1
Institution: University of Idaho Extension
Category: Water
Range: Statewide
Description: Once a volunteer becomes a certified IDAH2O Master Water Steward, they adopt a stream location to monitor regularly. Monitoring includes habitat, biological, chemical and physical assessments. Participants attend an 8-hour workshop that combines classroom instruction and hands-on fieldwork. All data collected is added to a public website.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification, Online mapping applications, Database


 

Program: Living on the Land
Institution: University of Idaho ExtensionID1
Category: Land, Food, Water
Range: Ada, Gem, Washington Counties
Description: For owners of small acreages to maintain or increase the health of their land, they must realize that they have a stewardship responsibility. They will set goals and learn how to accomplish them while stewarding the health of their property. To do this, landowners will need to learn how to set goals, understand the limitations of their land and their own expertise, and access the technical information to accomplish goals for their properties. Living on the Land can provide this information.

Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings


 

 

Program: Regional Approaches to Climate Change in Pacific Northwest Agricultureid

Institution: University of Idaho
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Food, Water
Range: Regional
Description: The REACCH project is designed to enhance the sustainability of cereal production systems in the Inland Pacific Northwest under ongoing and projected climate change, while contributing to climate change mitigation by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. REACCH is a trans-disciplinary project integrating research, education and extension.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information

Iowa



Extension Banner (FINAL)Program:
Sustainable Vegetable Production
Institution: Iowa State University
Category: Land, Food
Range: Iowa statewide
Description: This program focuses on developing strategies that enhance crop production, soil health, and cropping system profitability in vegetable cropping systems in Iowa. Topics include cover crops, compost, biochar, conservation tillage, and weed management. In addition the program focuses on high tunnel crop production, cultivar trials, niche crops, and vegetable transplant production. The program engages growers, extension personnel, non-profits, and grower organizations through on-farm research, workshops, field days, publication materials, blog, and website.  The overall goal is to enhance sustainability and profitability of vegetable cropping systems.

Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Information, Website

Kansas


 

Program: Making Everyday Choices for a Healthy Sustainable Diet
Institution: Kansas State University
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Food, Water, Energy
Range: National
Description: While the link between food choices and health is well known, the connection between food choices and the planet’s health has not received as much attention. The program describes many actions a consumer can take to adopt a more healthful and sustainable diet and food-related practices, which will dramatically increase his or her own well-being and that of the environment and the local community.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information

Kentucky


 

Program: Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the EnvironmentISE_logo2

Institution: University of Kentucky
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Food, Water, Energy
Range: Statewide
Description: Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment is a cross-college entity at the University of Kentucky whose goal is to facilitate interdisciplinary efforts of faculty on campus to create transformative, new approaches to various environmental and sustainability issues that relate to today’s grand challenge: providing the food, energy, and water necessary to support an expanding global population in a sustainable manner in the face of a changing climate.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website

 

Louisiana


 

Program: LaHouse Resource Center, Sustainable Housing
Institution: Louisiana State University
Category: Air, Energy, Land, Water
Range: Regional (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas)
Description: LaHouse Resource Center is a sustainable housing demonstration, attraction and Extension outreach program of LSU AgCenter. It teaches building science applications that integrate resource-efficiency, durability and health, because “As we shape our homes, we shape our future”.
Program Offerings: Certificates, Face-to-face trainings, Fact sheets, Resource website


Program: Louisiana Master Farmer Program2014LouisianaMasterFarmersgroupresize

Institution: Louisiana State University, AgCenter

Category: Air Quality/ Climate Change, Energy, Land, Water, Food
Range: Statewide
Description: The Louisiana Master Farmer Program focuses on helping agricultural producers voluntarily address environmental concerns as well as helping them enhance the production and resource management skills they need for the continued sustainability of Louisiana agriculture. Program helps producers by teaching them about environmental stewardship, conservation-based production techniques and resource management. The program uses a comprehensive approach that includes classroom instruction, observation of LSU AgCenter research-based best management practices and implementation of a NRCS/RMS comprehensive conservation plan.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification


Program: Smart Technologies for Agricultural Management and Production [STAMP]STAMP_LSU_AgCenter_Logo

Institution: LSU AgCenter

Category: Water
Range: Statewide
Description: This extension/research program was developed to help agriculture, industry, and the public with managing their water resources in Louisiana.  The main focus of this program is irrigation.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Information

 

Maine


 

Program: Clean Sheet and Goats
Institution: University of Maine
Category: Food
Range: Regional (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont)
Description: Sustainable livestock production requires well-informed farmers. This Extension program uses ongoing SARE and USDA funded small ruminant health screening programs to create and disseminate information about detecting and avoiding common diseases using best management practices and biosecurity. Avoiding unnecessary antibiotic/anthelmintic use saves money, conserves resources, avoids development of resistant parasites/bacteria and simplifies farm management.  This program aims to create informed livestock producers who can market their livestock as “clean” of CL and other common sheep/goat pathogens.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Fact sheets, Resource website

 

Michigan



miProgram:
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems
Institution: Michigan State University
Category: Food
Range: State, national, global
Description: MSU Center for Regional Food Systems engages in research, education, and outreach in regionally integrated sustainable food systems.  The core of this work is based in Michigan and framed within the Michigan Good Food Charter, and also includes regional food systems work at the national and international scale. Areas of focus include farm to institution, food hubs, local and state food policy, organic agriculture, food system network development, and urban agriculture.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Convening a facilitation

 

Minnesota



minnProgram: 
Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
Institution: University of Minnesota Extension
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Food, Water, Energy
Range: Regional
Description: The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) connect Greater Minnesota communities to the University of Minnesota to take advantage of new opportunities and solve problems. RSDP brings together local talent and resources with University knowledge and seed funding to drive sustainability in four areas: agriculture and food systems, resilient communities and tourism, natural resources, and clean energy.
Program Offerings: Fact sheets, Website, Information, Community-based project partnerships

Nebraska



Program: 
Nebraska Master Naturalist Program
Institution: University of Nebraskane
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Water
Range:  Nebraska statewide
Description: Nebraska Master Naturalist Program offers 60 hours of in-depth training, led by experts in their fields. Learn about Nebraska’s ecosystems, plants and animals, conservation biology and more. Explore Nebraska alongside scientists, faculty, and natural resource professionals. Contribute your time and expertise through exciting volunteer opportunities in habitat conservation, environmental education, citizen science.
Program Offerings: Fact sheets, Certification

New York


 

Program:  The Consumer Education Program for Residential Energy Efficiency
Institution: Cornell University
Category: Energy
Range: New York
Description: Rising energy prices resulting from global increases in energy demand highlight the importance of energy efficiency. The Consumer Education Program for Residential Energy Efficiency is an educational effort conducted in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
Program Offerings: face-to-face trainings, fact sheets, resource website

Ohio



Program:
Energize OhioOSU, CFAES, OSU Extension, 4H, solar camp
Institution: Ohio State University Extension
Category: Energy
Range: Statewide
Description: Energize Ohio is an Ohio State University Extension Signature Program that provides evidence-based information and resources to address critical energy issues affecting Ohioans.  The mission of program is to enhance knowledge of energy efficiency and renewable energy to promote best practices, informed decision-making, and the development of sustainable energy strategies.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program: Sustainable Development InitiativeSDI
Institution: Ohio State University
Category: Land
Range: Statewide
Description: Sustainable Development Initiatives (SDI) provides community planning (comprehensive, land use, economic development, community visioning), educational resources, workshops, curricula and research. Since 2000 SDI has designed and guided 11 communities in developing plans built on sustainability. Other SDI programs that support sustainable communities include Sustainable Entrepreneurship, First Impressions and Energy Development.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Design and facilitation of sustainable planning processes.

 

Oregon



Program: 
Dry Farming CollaborativeDry_Farming_Project_Photo
Institution: Oregon State University
Category: Food, Water
Range: Regional
Description: The Dry Farming Collaborative is a group of growers, extension educators, plant breeders, and agricultural professionals partnering to increase knowledge and awareness of dry farming management practices with a hands-on participatory approach. So far there are about 20 sites throughout Western Oregon that are hosting dry farming trials including three OSU sites. We are demonstrating how to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables without irrigation in the maritime Pacific Northwest and engaging interested growers in participatory research. Together we are co-creating the future of how we manage water on our farms, with dry farming management practices being one approach for our drought mitigation toolbox. Other approaches and topics related to water conservation farming are being addressed in the ‘Growing Resilience: Water Management Workshop Series’.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, information, Participatory research and demonstration

 

Utah


 

Program: USU Extension Sustainability
Institution: Utah State University
Category: Air, Energy, Food, Land, Water
Range: Utah
Description: Extension Sustainability provides credible information and trainings fostering increased awareness and behavioral change to improve environmental, social, and economic conditions.
Program Offerings: certificates, face-to-face trainings, factsheets, resource website

 


Program: Utah Farm-Chef-Fork
Institution: Utah State University
Category: Food
Range: Utah
Description: Utah Farm-Chef-Fork is a USDA Specialty Crop funded program that is a collaboration between the USDA, Utah State University Extension, and Slow Food Utah. The goal is to enhance the community vitality and reduce food miles by connecting Utah producers and restaurants.
Program Offerings: certificates, face-to-face trainings, resource website

 


Program: Water Check Program 
Institution: Utah State University
Category: Water
Range: Utah
Description: Onsite evaluation of landscape irrigation systems for homeowners and managers of commercial and institutional landscapes.
Program Offerings: face-to-face trainings

 


Program: Center for Water Efficient Landscaping
Institution: Utah State University
Category: Water
Range: Regional (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah)
Description: The Center for Water Efficient Landscaping (CWEL) is a research and outreach center designed to improve efficient use of water for landscape irrigation. The mission of CWEL is to promote water conservation through environmentally, socially, and economically sound landscape management practices.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Factsheets, Website

 


 

Program: Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE) program
Institution: Utah State University
Category: Land, Air, Food, Water, Energy
Range: Regional SARE_Western_CMYK
Description: The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grants and education program advances—to the whole of American agriculture—innovations that improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education.  The SARE program is administered through four regions.  For information on Western SARE program and the grant programs offered, go to:  www.westernsare.org.
Program Offerings: Grants program