National Sustainability – Focused Extension Programs

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Program: Externships in Community Sustainability
Institution: University of Arizona
Category: Food, Water
Range: Arizona
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: Sustainable Floridians
Institution: University of Florida – Brevard County Extension
Category: Air, Energy, Food, Water
Range: Florida, 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
Description: We are all dependent on Florida¹s 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 andfocuses 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: 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: Clean Sheet and Goats
Institution: University of Maine
Category: Food
Range: Regional (Main, 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


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


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