National Sustainability-Focused Extension Programs

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Alaska


Program: Alaska’s SARE Program 
Institution: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Category: Food, Water
Range: Statewide
Description: In Alaska, Sustainable Agriculture thrives and is the main way of doing business. The typical farm is a small family farm that has found ways to diversify to survive. Because there are few pests in Alaska, farmers have little reliance on pesticides. We are helping to build rural farming communities in places like Nenana, Delta Junction, Point Mackenzie, and Soldotna. There is a lot to brag about!
Program Offerings: Website, Information

Arizona


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 Program200dpi_logo_v2
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 broader 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: Water Wise   Water_Wise_Signature_Logo
Institution: University of Arizona
Category:
Water
Range:
Cochise County 
Description:
The Water Wise Program educates homeowners and businesses on the latest and greatest water conservation tools through workshops, presentations, social-media, and consultations. Since 1995, Water Wise has worked to reduce groundwater pumping in the Sierra Vista Sub-watershed of Cochise County.
Program Offerings:
Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


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 multi 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: University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and EducaSAREP_Logo_Current_transparent_backgroundtion Program 
Institution: University of California- Agriculture and Natural Resources
Category: Land, Air Quality/Climate Change, Water, Energy
Range: California 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: University of  California Naturalist ProgramCN_hatpin
Institution: University of California- Agriculture and 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 Programsarep_logo
Institution: University of California- Agriculture and Natural Resources
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 Programsw-ipm
Institution: University of California- Agriculture and Natural Resources
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- Agriculture and Natural Resources
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


Program: Your Energy Colorado energycsu1c357
Institution: Colorado State University
Category: Energy
Range: Colorado statewide
Description: CSU Extension offers a variety of energy programming to help Colorado make more informed energy decisions. Our ‘Your Energy’ website provides answers to common energy questions and we also conduct outreach and research around cost-effective, sustainable energy solutions for the state.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification

Connecticut


Program: Agricultural Water Usefl1
Institution: UConn Extension
Category: Water
Range: Connecticut 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 Research CT
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 Foodsct9
Institution: 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 Program  ct11
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, Air Quality/ 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: A Higher Expression of Florida Friendly Landscaping – The Element of Productivity
Institution: University of Florida
Category: Food, Water
Range: Volusia County
Description: Florida Friendly Landscaping teaches stakeholders about reducing water consumption and using less fertilizers and pesticides while creating and maintaining resource-efficient landscapes. By adding “edible landscaping” to the mix and incorporating plants that produce food, a higher level of FFL expression is created.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Fact sheets, Resource website, Workshops, Classes


Program: Building for Birdsphoto1
Institution: University of Florida
Category: Land
Range: Florida statewide
Description: Information regarding the impacts of different urban designs on avian species is largely out of reach for most decision-makers because it is accessible only through many different journal articles and technical reports. In order to evaluate the impacts of different development designs on birds, landscape architects and urban planners need a tool that reflects current research and is in a format that can be used in typical planning venues. We present a new online, evaluation tool called Building for Birds. The goal of the Building for Birds tool is to provide decision makers with a way to evaluate different development scenarios and how they affect habitat for species of forest birds during breeding/wintering and migration seasons.
Program Offerings: Website, Certification


Program: Florida Keys Water Watch  FKWW_large
Institution: University of Florida IFAS Extension
Category: Water
Range: Florida statewide
Description: Florida Keys Water Watch trains teachers, students and citizens from diverse groups to become citizen scientists and collect chemical data to assess coastal habitat health. These methods have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and volunteer data is collected using quality assurance/ quality control (QA/QC) protocols. Florida Keys Water Watch is modeled upon the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream program, created in 1992 (georgiaadoptastream.org).
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings


Program: Sustainable Floridians, Brevard Countysustainablefloridianslogo
Institution: University of Florida
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: Sustainable Floridians sustainablefloridianslogo
Institution: University of Florida
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Food, Water, Energy
Range: Florida statewide
Description: Delivered at the local level by county extension agents and partners, Sustainable Floridians is a systems-level discussion-to-action program that 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: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification


Program: Florida Forest Stewardship Program   arnold_tour031716_010
Institution: University of Florida
Category: Land, Water
Range: Florida statewide
Description: The mission of the Florida Forest Stewardship Program is to help and encourage private landowners to actively manage their land resources for long-term environmental, economic and social benefits.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program: Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute 
Institution: University of Florida
Category: Air Quality/ Climate Change, 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: HomeflowSP 503
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


Program: Sustainability Connections Film Series
Institution: University of FloridaiPadUploadJan242017_192
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Food, Water, Energy
Range: Regional
Description: Launched in 2014, Sustainability Connections is a community film series that offers a platform to support regional sustainability education efforts. The educational series tackles a wide range of topics with national, regional and local impacts while highlighting unique partnerships between UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County and educational partners in Tampa Bay.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings

Georgia


Program: Athens-Clarke County Master Composter Programmaster-composter-logo
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: Sustainable Agriculture  image_2
Institution: University of Georgia
Category: Land, Food
Range: Georgia Statewide
Description: The Sustainable Agriculture program at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia focuses on production systems that build soil carbon in the Southeast including conservation tillage systems using cover crops, management intensive grazing, and organic production.  We link faculty, extension, farmers through newsletters, Facebook, our webpage, fields and trainings to provide science-based solutions to make agriculture profitably, environmentally-friendly and good for farmers, farmworkers and the community.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


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

Hawaii


Program: Natural Farming Livestock Production
Institution: University of Hawaii- Manoa 
Category:
Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Water
Range: Hawaii statewide
Description: The most critical issue facing Hawaii’s livestock and other small family operations nationwide is the development and implementation of cost effective pollution prevention technology. Our livestock producers, especially swine, continue to seek a best management practice (BMP) that is effective, economical, and practical, and in compliance with new US EPA laws. The Department of Health, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Hawaii Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the Cooperative Extension Service have been working diligently to address both federal and state waste management compliance needs of the local pork producer (Deenik and Hue, 2004). As a result, the industry currently implements effluent irrigation, composting, deep litter technology, lagoon storage and solid separation as possible solutions for on-farm nutrient management (Fukumoto, DuPonte and Lee, 2000). Unfortunately, due to new and revised EPA regulations, which now include nuisance odor and vector components, many of these strategies no longer meet federal criteria for BMPs.
In 2006, a system of waste management, with the potential to be implemented as a BMP under federal regulations, was discovered in Korea during a visit to the Janong Natural Farming Institution. The concepts of naturally collected micro-organisms, green waste deep litter, and a piggery design with strategic solar and wind positioning was being practiced in several countries in Asia and the Pacific Basin. Over the past six years, these concepts have been tested in Hawaiʻi to provide small swine farms with another BMP that is in compliance with current EPA regulations.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification

 

Idaho

Program: Kimberly Research and Extension Center 
Institution: University of Idaho 
Category: Water
Range: Regional
Description: The water resources group at the University of Idaho’s Kimberly Research and Extension Center is a national leader on consumption of water by irrigated agriculture and natural systems. The group also conducts research on water quality and hydrology. The group has developed the METRIC platform for transforming satellite imagery into maps of water consumption and the REF-ET and ETIdaho systems for calculating reference crop ET and for reporting crop water requirements for the State of Idaho.
Program Offerings: Website, Information


Program: Cultivating Success Idaho: Sustainable Small Farm Education   ID
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: Idaho 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: Regional; 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: Big Tree Program  
Institution: University of Idaho 
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change
Range: Regional
Description: There are many impressive things on this big blue ball we call home, but few surpass the magnificence of a soaring, magnificent big tree. Idaho has participated in the Champion Trees program since the mid-1960s, with a shared mission of locating, measuring, and recognizing the largest individual tree of each species.
Program Offerings: Website, Information

Illinois


Program: The Dudley Smith Initiative 
Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 
Category: Food, Land, Water
Range: Statewide
Description: A landowner with family roots in Christian County, Dudley Smith, Jr. recognized the long-term economic challenges facing agriculture in Illinois, and he anticipated their social impact on rural areas. Dudley Smith urged us not only to embrace technological advancements, but also to address the long-term stewardship and sustainability of agricultural practices.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information

Indiana


Program: Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces
Institution: Purdue UniversitypublicSpaces150x150
Category: Land
Range: Indiana satewide
Description: Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces addresses public spaces and their role in enhancing the quality of place by helping regions, communities, and neighborhoods plan and prepare for a sustainable future. The program provides a framework for collecting data on community assets and using that data to design a high-quality plan that can guide impactful improvements on public spaces.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program: Tipping Points and Indicators   tippingpoint-logo
Institution: Purdue University
Category: Land
Range: Regional
Description: Tipping Points and Indicators helps local decision makers, including watershed management groups and planning entities, identify impacts of land-based activities that threaten the sustainability of ecosystems in their watershed. The program includes a web-based decision support system and facilitated community forum to explore policy and management interventions necessary to keep coastal ecosystems from reaching critical tipping points and moving to unstable conditions.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program: Purdue Rainscaping Education Program   PurdueExt_Rainscapinge1481663650952
Institution: Purdue University
Category: Land, Water
Range: Indiana statewide
Description: The Purdue Rainscaping Education Program provides rain garden training on planning, installation, and maintenance for Purdue Master Gardeners, conservation agencies and organizations, stormwater professionals, and landscape companies and consultants. Participants are encouraged to attend as a community team to support the implementation of public education programs and provide technical assistance to homeowners upon completion of the training.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification

 

Iowa


Program: Sustainable Vegetable ProductionExtension Banner (FINAL)
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 Environment   ISE_logo2
Institution: University of Kentucky
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Food, Water, Energy
Range: Kentucky 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

 


Program: Sustainable Agriculture Curriculum 
Institution: University of Kentucky 
Category: Land, Food, Water
Range: Kentucky statewide
Description: The basic charge of the SACC was to develop an integrative undergraduate curriculum and associated minor in Sustainable Agriculture with four principle goals.

  • To provide students with fundamental knowledge, practical field experience, integrative skills and an understanding of agriculture in the broader society;
  • To prepare students for careers in production agriculture, allied industries, and other public and private sector employment opportunities including land management and natural resource conservation;
  • To engage non-agricultural students through a new Sustainable Agriculture Minor so that agriculture enjoys a broader societal support base; and
  • To create within the Commonwealth of Kentucky an academically rigorous program that has the potential to enhance farm profitability, reduce the environmental impacts of agriculture, and strengthen the social connections between farmers and consumers
    Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Information

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, and 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 Program
Institution: Louisiana State University, AgCenter 2014LouisianaMasterFarmersgroupresize
Category: Air Quality/ Climate Change, Energy, Land, Water, Food
Range: Louisiana 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] Institution: LSU AgCenter STAMP_LSU_AgCenter_Logo
Category: Water
Range: Louisiana 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 Sheep and Goats
Institution: University of Maine
Category: Food
Range: Regional- Maine, New Hampshire, and 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, Website

Maryland


Program: Bay-Wise Landscape Management ma1
Institution: University of Maryland Extension
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Water
Range: Maryland statewide
Description: The Bay-Wise Landscape Management program trains Maryland Master Gardeners to teach local residents in rural, suburban and urban settings how to maintain their landscapes using homemade compost, native plants and researched-based nutrient management, IPM, and stormwater management techniques. Master Gardener volunteers also certify properties that homeowners maintain as sustainable landscapes.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Information, Certification


Program: Building Soil Healthma
Institution: University of Maryland Extension
Category: Food, Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Water, Energy
Range: Maryland statewide
Description: This project will offer comprehensive education to agricultural service providers in soil health to enable them to help farmers understand the value of healthy soil and adopt the best production practices for increasing the health of farm soil.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program: Forest Stewardship ume_logo
Institution: University of Maryland 
Category: 
Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Water, Energy
Range: 
Regional
Description:  The Woodland Stewardship Education (WSE) program uses a variety of Extension offerings (workshops, webinars, newsletters, and website resources) to enable woodland property owners to make sound and informed decisions about managing their land. 
Program Offerings:
Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification


Program: Home & Garden Information Centerhgiclogo
Institution: University of Maryland Extension
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Water
Range: Statewide
Description: Develop and deliver science-based, sustainable gardening and integrated pest management education for residents and communities. Coordinate the Maryland Master Gardener and Grow It Eat It programs.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Information, Certification, Social Media


Program: MD-DE Master Logger Programmaster-logger-logo-003
Institution:
University of Maryland 
Category: 
Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Water, Energy
Range: 
Regional
Description:
The Maryland/Delaware Master Logger Program is a voluntary training program for forest harvest operators who work in Maryland and Delaware. Participation in the program makes contract loggers eligible to work on SFI-certified forest lands. Courses are offered live and online, providing information about current environmental regulations, forestry principles, and safe work practices.
Program Offerings:
Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification


Program: Maryland Master Naturalist Programma2
Institution: University of Maryland
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Water
Range: Maryland statewide
Description: The Maryland Master Naturalist Program engages volunteer citizens as stewards of Maryland’s natural resources and ecosystems through science-based education and volunteer service in their communities. The natural resource training program is jointly sponsored by University of Maryland Extension, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, other state and local agencies, and environmental education organizations.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Certification


Program: Organic Vegetable Productionma3
Institution: University of Maryland
Category: Air Quality/ Climate Change, Food, Water
Range: Regional
Description: Public awareness and interest in how food is produced is an increasing concern for today’s society. Growing organically is an ever increasing trend that has evolved to address society’s concerns about food production. Organic production requires a different approach to traditional farming production methods. It requires more sustainable inputs and critical thinking when approaching pest management and soil fertility problems. The Organic Program at UMD hopes to supply growers with the information and techniques needed to successfully develop a viable and sustainable organic vegetable system.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program: Oyster Aquaculture Education & Training Programjd-18_0
Institution: 
University of Maryland
Category: 
Food, Water
Range: 
Regional; Tidewater, Chesapeake and coastal bays
Description: 
The Oyster Aquaculture and Education Program provides programs and materials to watermen and other growers to develop profitable shellfish aquaculture businesses. The goal is to rebuild the shellfish industry, provide employment in our rural counties and aid in restoring this keystone bivalve population that is so important to our bay environment.
Program Offerings: 
Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program:  Riparian Buffer Systemsmd
Institution: University of Maryland College Park
Category: Water
Range: Regional
Program Offerings: Website, Information


Program: Watershed Stewards Academywsa_logo
Institution: University of Maryland, College Park
Category: Water
Range: Maryland statewide
Description: Watershed Stewards Academies train and sustain volunteer Master Watershed Stewards who will educate community members about the negative impacts of stormwater pollution and design, install, and maintain small-scale stormwater management practices in their neighborhoods and communities.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings


Program: Watershed Protection and Restoration Program  wsa-rg_ar-300x200
Institution: University of Maryland
Category: Water
Range: Maryland statewide
Description: Improving water quality through stormwater management and watershed restoration techniques, the Sea Grant Watershed Protection and Restoration Program works with local and state governments, watershed organizations, and community groups in Maryland to build partnerships, identify funding sources, and advise/assist in the planning, implementation and monitoring of restoration projects. Watershed Restoration Specialists facilitate measurable reductions in water pollution in the following ways: Classes and workshops teach homeowners how to improve water quality in their own backyard with practices like rain barrels, rain gardens, and tree planting
Technical Assistance Programs help communities address Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) regulations and requirements
Watershed Restoration Projects emerge from collaborative partnerships and effective funding techniques to reduce nutrient and sediment loads
Watershed Restoration Specialists also connect watershed science to policy makers and community leaders to make the most effective water quality decisions.
The Sea Grant Watershed Protection and Restoration Program is a member of the Watershed Assistance Collaborative with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Environmental Finance Center.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification

Massachusetts


Program: RiverSmart Communitiesma
Institution: University of Massachusetts
Category: Land, Water
Range: Regional
Description: The RiverSmart Communities program combines social and river science, institutional and policy research, and community outreach at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to research and address river floods in New England. It is our vision that river management can restore the environmental integrity of rivers while ensuring that New England communities thrive in a world where floods naturally occur. To make this vision possible, our work aims to help New England’s communities become river-smart.

A key goal is to offer ideas and tools that can be used by people and groups across New England – land and river managers, riverside property owners, policy makers, government agency staff, community leaders, grass-roots activists, and others – so they can creatively build and advocate for systems that work for their own states and communities.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program: UMass Clean Energy Extensionenergy-sub-section-mobile-logo
Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Category: Energy
Range: Regional
Description: The UMass Clean Energy Extension provides a resource to reduce market barriers and accelerate the adoption of clean energy for Massachusetts cities and towns, businesses, institutions, and others.  The extension provides technical support and applied research to advance technical, economic, and policy solutions to advance clean energy in Massachusetts.
Program Offerings: Website, Information, Technical Assistance, Applied Research


Program: University of Massachusetts Extension Vegetable Programvegetable-sub-section-mobile-logo
Institution: University of Massachusetts
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Food, Water
Range: Massachusetts statewide
Description: The Vegetable Team provides both research and educational programs for a diverse and thriving vegetable industry in Massachusetts and the region. We work with other New England Vegetable Extension programs to produce the New England Vegetable Management Guide (www.nevegetable.org). With this group and the New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Association, we organize the New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference (http://newenglandvfc.org/), the region’s premier conference for vegetable producers, as well as other educational programs. We conduct on-farm research and demonstrations as well as applied research at the University of Massachusetts Crops Research and Education Center in South Deerfield Massachusetts. We publish Vegetable Notes, which provides growers with weekly information throughout the growing season on pest and crop conditions, IPM techniques and recommendations.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information

Michigan


Program: Michigan Conservation Stewards Program 
Institution: Michigan State University
Category: Water
Range: Michigan statewide
Description: The Michigan Conservation Stewards Program is a volunteer leader training program designed for those interested in Michigan ecosystem management principles and sharing this knowledge with others.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Facilitation


Program: Clean Boats Clean Waters  CBCWlogo_small
Institution: Michigan State University
Category: Water
Range: Michigan statewide
Description: Michigan State University Sea Grant created the Michigan Clean Boats, Clean Waters program for volunteers which was modeled after Wisconsin’s successful program. Since then it has evolved into a Volunteer driven program that now trains local volunteer leaders to work locally to solicit and train volunteers that in turn will educate boaters and other water sport enthusiasts to inspect and clean their equipment to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification

Minnesota


Program: Clean Energy Resource Teams   CERTsLogo_colorlarge
Institution: University of Minnesota 
Category:
Energy
Range: 
Minnesota statewide
Description: 
The Clean Energy Resource Teams—or CERTs—are a statewide partnership with a shared mission to connect individuals and their communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects.
Program Offerings:
Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Customized efforts, Direct program assistance


Program:  Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
Institution: University of Minnesota Extension
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Food, Water, Energyminn
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


Program:  Sustainable Urban Landscaping Information Series (SULIS)mn1
Institution: University of Minnesota
Category: Land, Water
Range: Regional
Description: The goal of SULIS is to provide sustainable landscape information to the public and to the horticulture/landscape industry. A landscape developed with sustainable practices will improve the environment by conserving resources and reducing chemical applications. A sustainable landscape will also reduce labor inputs making it less expensive to implement and maintain. By utilizing SULIS concepts, homeowners, business owners and related industry personnel will be able to create outdoor spaces that are functional, maintainable, environmentally sound, cost effective and aesthetically pleasing.
Program Offerings:  Website, Information

Mississippi


Program: Sustainable Home Lawn Management Program 
Institution: Mississippi State University 
Category: Land, Water
Range: Mississippi statewide
Description: The Sustainable Home Lawn Management Program will teach home and property owners how to better manage home lawns. Participants will learn recommended lawn care practices and behaviors, how to responsibly use and protect natural resources and the environment, new sustainability practices, and how to improve turf quality to improve property values.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information

 

Nebraska


Program:  Stormwater Education for Kids
Institution: University of Nebraska
Category: Land, Water
Range:  Nebraska statewide
Description: Many interactive resources available to teach kids about the importance of stormwater.
Program Offerings: Fact sheets, Website, Information

Nevada


Program: Nevada Naturalist 
Institution: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension 
Category: Land, Air, Water
Range: Statewide
Description: The Nevada Naturalist Program is an adult, environmental education program created to develop a corps of education naturalist volunteers to serve in southern Nevada. The program is a partnership with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Fish and Wildlife Service, Nevada State Museum, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and others. The Nevada Naturalist Program is offered in two sessions of instruction created by Cooperative Extension with experts in each field of study and with full advisement and review of the partners. Upon completion of the program, participants will be certified to engage in community education programs, environmental restoration and enhancement projects, and other activities deemed necessary by the partners.
Program Offerings: Website, Certification


Program: Grow you Own, Nevada gyologowithbackground
Institution: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Category: Air Quality/ Climate Change, Food, Water
Range: Nevada statewide
Description: Learn about the sustainable, local, healthy living practices of growing and preserving your own food. We teach gardeners, landscapers, nursery workers, cottage food enthusiasts and prospective small-scale growers how to care for their soil and their plants to create beautiful, water-efficient and productive ornamental and edible gardens for personal use or for profit. Our focus is on use of sustainable growing methods, such as integrated pest management, pollinator protection, composting, cover cropping, season extension, crop rotation and more.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information

New Jersey


Program: Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program
Institution: Rutgers University clam_seeding
Category: Food, Water
Range: Regional
Description: The Shellfish Restoration Program is a community program whose goals are to educate about the natural cycle and ecology of the Barnegat Bay, to promote environmental stewardship, and to use clams and oysters as the teaching tools to achieve these goals.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Certification

New Mexico


Program: Bernalillo County Extension Master Compostersfork
Institution: New Mexico State University Extension Service
Category: Land, Food
Range: Bernalillo County
Description: The Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters are community home composting educators. Through free public classes, information tables and consultation we present the science, art, materials, methods and benefits of various high desert composting methods. The program provides an educational brochure which is specific for desert composting techniques. The master composter training class is about 25 hours. Graduates commit to completing 10 annual volunteer hours in the community and in support of the association.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information

New York


Program: New York Energy $mart Program
Institution: Cornell University
Category: Energy
Range: New York statewide
Description: Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) have formed a partnership to educate New Yorkers about ways to reduce energy expenses in the home. The New York Energy $mart Program, administered by NYSERDA, provides energy-related technical and financial assistance to promote energy efficiency and economic development throughout New York State. Through the Consumer Education Program for Residential Energy Efficiency, 23 CCE Educators will work to increase consumer awareness of the importance of energy efficiency and programs available through New York Energy $mart to make single family homes and multifamily buildings more energy efficient.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Fact sheets, Website, Financial incentives


Program:  Cornell Garden-Based Learninggbl_logo
Institution: Cornell University
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Food
Range: New York statewide
Description: Cornell Garden-Based Learning provides educators with inspiring, research-based gardening resources and professional development to support engaging, empowering, and relevant learning experiences for children, youth, adults, and communities. Our program provides innovative curriculum along with effective program planning tools.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification

Ohio



Program:
Energize OhioOSU, CFAES, OSU Extension, 4H, solar camp
Institution: Ohio State University Extension
Category: Energy
Range: Ohio 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: Ohio statatewide
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: Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge
Institution: Sea Grant
Category: Energy Water
Range: Oregon Statewide
Description: Coordinated by Oregon Sea Grant, the Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge is an annual competition in which students show off devices they built that are powered by water, wind or light. More than 200 students entered 75 devices in the 2017 competition, which was held on Feb. 28 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. The event promotes the development of skills in science, technology, engineering and math.
Program Offerings: Information, Website, Competition



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


Program:  OSU Organic Extension Program
Institution: Oregon State University
Category: Food
Range: Oregon statewide
Description: OSU and Oregon Tilth, Inc. launched an Organic Extension program in 2016. We conduct applied research and provide workshops, Extension publications, online decision-tools and consulting for Organic farmers and other agricultural professionals in Oregon. Our initial focus is annual crops, we hope to serve perennial crops and livestock systems soon.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Applied research, Workshops


Program: SAGE (Starker Arts Garden for Education)fall_harvest
Institution: Edible Corvallis Initiative
Category: Food 
Range: 
Benton County
Description: The Edible Corvallis Initiative is working in many ways to better our local community.  Much of that work happens at SAGE, a 1-acre production garden. The food grown at SAGE is donated to local food banks and soup kitchens.  Each year we grow over 3 tons of fresh organic produce, 100% of which is given to these hunger relief agencies in our community.  SAGE is also a place to learn.  There are programs for children, garden-based workshops and community events at the garden almost year-round.  We use SAGE as an outdoor learning lab to link classroom learning to the real world via Farm to School field trips in the Fall and Spring.  Every Tuesday in July and August we offer family-friendly garden activities and projects that are appropriate for all ages. Each week features a new activity: Decorate garden flags! Make a seed collage! Paint with berries! Each day, try a fun snack fresh from the garden.  We also offer Classroom Food Adventures.  These are  hands-on, experiential lessons that give students an in-depth educational experience with local produce that is featured monthly in their school lunches and cafeteria Tasting Tables. Students learn about Oregon-grown crops, healthy eating habits, and teamwork, through preparing recipes together in their classrooms.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program: Women Owning Woodlandswownetlogo
Institution: Oregon State University
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change
Range: Oregon statewide
Description: The Women Owning Woodlands Network (WOWNet) is a diverse, enthusiastic, group of women who are interested in woodland management. WOWNet allows women to come together to learn about forest management, share their forestry and natural resources experiences, and exchange personal knowledge in a unique peer-to-peer learning environment. The group encompasses many different knowledge sources and diverse management goals. WOWNet women are working in forests, they are owning forests, and they are actively engaged in land management!
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information

Pennsylvania


Program: Native Bee Habitat Rehabilitation   
Institution: Pennsylvania State University 
Category:
Land, Food
Range: Pennsylvania statewide
Description: Native bees have been shown to be efficient pollinators that fly in wetter and colder conditions than honeybees, and studies show that there is an economic incentive to restore or not disturb natural habitat. The project manager will determine the costs and returns per square foot to rehabilitate this habitat, monitor native bee populations, and calculate the value of the pollination.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information

Rhode Island



Program: 
URI Master Gardener Programuri_mgp
Institution: University of Rhode Island
Category: Food, Land, Water
Range: Regional
Description: The mission of the URI Master Gardener Program is to educate citizens in environmentally sound horticulture practices through the dissemination of factual, science- based information.   With over 600 trained volunteer educators, the URI Master Gardener Program utilizes the train-the-trainer approach to amplify the impact of Cooperative Extension in Rhode Island and surrounding areas.  Through our demonstration gardens and educational services, URI Master Gardeners connect the resources and knowledge base of the Land Grant University system to the people who need them.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Certification


Program: URI Energy Fellows Programs2015_fellows_photo
Institution: University of Rhode Island
Category: Energy
Range: Rhode Island statewide
Description: URI Cooperative Extension created the Energy Fellows Program to provide year-long work experience opportunities for students interested in issues related to renewable energy and energy efficiency. The Energy Fellows program engages a variety of stakeholders with expertise in the field to host Fellows for the year and provide professional development training in various energy topics.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Certification, Year-long student fellowship

South Carolina


Program: 4-H2O: Exploring South Carolina Waterwaysboys_in_stream
Institution: Clemson Cooperative Extension
Category: Water
Range: South Carolina statewide
Description: 4-H2O is a youth education program that has been held annually across the state for more than 12 years. It is a water-based science camp that runs in more than 15 counties across South Carolina, allowing students an opportunity to learn and experience this state’s water resources first-hand. 4-H2O is a hands-on science inquiry program that provides children and adults with knowledge about their local water resources and teaches them the field, analytical and critical thinking skills they need to intelligently participate in making decisions that affect the quality of these aquatic systems. Most of all, the youth will have a FUN and enriching experience on South Carolina’s scenic waterways!
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings


Program: Carolina Rain Garden Initiativerain_garden_for_professionals_wksp
Institution: Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service
Category: Water
Range: South Carolina statewide
Description: Rain gardens are a popular and attractive way for homeowners to manage erosion and moisture control issues, beautify the home landscape, create wildlife habitat and protect clean water downstream. The Carolina Rain Garden Initiative provides diverse tools and resources to assist with the installation of rain gardens. The following resources can be found at clemson.edu/raingarden:

The Virtual Rain Garden provides a step-by-step tutorial on rain garden design, installation and maintenance. Locate a nearby rain garden using the list of demonstration rain gardens located throughout South Carolina. Rain gardens can be showcased using the Rain Garden Tracker tool. Through this initiative, landscape design and installers are trained, certified and highlighted as “go to” professionals able to install a rain garden for residents. Past and upcoming rain garden workshop opportunities are listed. And links to useful resources including the free download of the Carolina Clear Rain Garden manual and links to the Carolina Yards plant database.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification, Video tutorials, Demonstration sites


Program: Carolina Yardsclemson_cyn_logo-final-cmyk-print
Institution: Clemson Cooperative Extension
Category: Land, Water
Range: North Carolina statewide
Description: Carolina Yards was designed to assist and guide South Carolina homeowners in conserving water in the landscape and in making positive changes in the environmental quality of their yards, neighborhoods, and surrounding waterways by implementing and maintaining low impact and low maintenance yard practices.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification


Program: Master Pond ManagerGuinnLogo_FinalVersion
Institution: Clemson Cooperative Extension
Category: Water
Range: South Carolina statewide
Description: Master Pond Manager is a hybrid, online and field course that provides pond owners and managers with integrated recreational and stormwater pond management training to protect pond function and the health of downstream waterways.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Certification


Program: South Carolina 4-H Natural Resourcesfood_plot_logo
Institution: Clemson University
Category: Land, Water
Range: South Carolina statewide
Description: The field of natural resources, including ecology and conservation biology, is becoming an increasingly important area of study as we learn more about the influences of human activities on ecosystems and seek to build a more sustainable society. The world is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, but the problems associated with their conservation are immense. Protecting rare and endangered species, preventing and controlling invasive species, preserving old-growth forests, restoring degraded ecosystems, and balancing the resource demands of industry and the public are just some of the environmental issues we face!  As a 4-H’er involved in natural resources programs, youth learn methods for confronting some of the world’s most pressing problems, become advocates for the environment, and understand the science behind the issues!  Several state-level projects are offered in the area of natural resources including wildlife, pollinators, gardening, forestry, water, and shooting sports!
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Information, Record books


Program: Post-Construction BMP Inspector Hybrid Coursebmpcourseimage2b
Institution: Clemson University
Category: Water
Range: Regional
Description: The Post-Construction BMP Inspector course aims to train professionals in methods and strategies for conducting routine and thorough inspections of post-construction stormwater management practices. We include traditional BMPs, such as ponds, as well as green infrastructure practices. The course blends an online course with an in-person field day.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Certification, Online/ Hybrid course

Tennessee


Program: Tennessee Healthy Hardwoodsmerk
Institution: University of Tennessee
Category: Land
Range: Tennessee statewide
Description: Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods has the goal of reaching private woodland owners with the message of sustainable hardwood forest management. On-site field days are held where participants can view first-hand forestry practices that focus on timber production while protecting water, soil and wildlife resources.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings


Program: Tennessee Smart Yardsphotoandlogo
Institution: University of Tennessee
Category: Water
Range: Tennessee statewide
Description: Urbanization is a leading cause of degradation and threat to water quality in watersheds across Tennessee. While three out of every four Tennesseans lives in an urbanized area, it is critical that we reach this stakeholder group with solutions to minimize their local footprint to ensure sustainable resources and healthy communities for the future all the while fulfilling their needs for their yard spaces.

Modeled after other successful state programs, the Tennessee Smart Yards program aims to empower citizens with information on sustainable residential landscaping practices, so that they may take actions towards certifying their property as a Tennessee Smart Yard.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification

Texas


Program: Texas Sustainable Agriculture Research Education
Institution: Texas A&M University
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Water, Energy
Range: Texas statewide
Description: Texas SARE involves a multifaceted effort that provides training opportunities for Texas agriculture professionals to “Train the Trainer.” County Extension Agents, FSA personnel, NRCS personnel, producers, and other agricultural professionals and also incorporates concepts of sustainable agriculture in existing, state-wide training efforts. These training opportunities include conferences, field meetings and workshops held at various locations in Texas.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Other


Program: Texas Watershed Steward Programhomephoto2
Institution: Texas A&M University/ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Category: Water
Range: Texas statewide
Description: All watersheds in Texas are threatened by non point sources (NPS) of pollution which are detrimental to the valuable water resources of the state. To help combat this threat, federal and state water resource management agencies have adopted a watershed-scale approach for managing water quality. One vital component of this approach involves engaging local stakeholders to become actively involved in planning and implementing water resource management and protection programs in their watershed.

To support this need for stakeholder involvement, the Texas Watershed Steward (TWS) program was initiated to provide science-based, watershed education to help citizens identify and take action to address local water quality impairments. Texas Watershed Stewards learn about the nature and function of watersheds, potential impairments, and strategies for watershed protection.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings


Program: CYFAR: Texas A&M Sustainable Communities Project
Institution: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension 
Category: Food
Range: Bexar and Harris County
Description: The CYFAR Program is based on effective research programs for at risk youth and families and on working across the life span on the human ecological principle within the context of the family and community. CYFAR  supports intensive, comprehensive, community-based programs developed with active citizen participation in all phases, to ensure that critical needs of children and families are met. CYFAR promotes building resiliency and protective factors in youth, families, and communities.  More information about the urban gardening program available here.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings


Program: Texas Master Naturalist Programmasternaturalistlogo_large
Institution: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension & Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Water
Range: Texas statewide
Description: In Texas, this partnership among the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and some 398 local partners has resulted in a unique master volunteer organization. Since 1997, the Texas Master Naturalist™ program has grown to include 46 chapters and more than 10,600 volunteers serving Texas communities throughout 76 percent of the state’s counties. The mission of the program is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the state of Texas.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Certification

Utah

Program: Moab Bee Inspired Gardens Initiative
Institution: Utah State University
Category: Land
Range: Grand County
Description: Bee Inspired Gardens are popping up across Moab, from the Community Rebuilds intern campus to USU Moab. USU Moab’s campus gardens allow for a university sustainability teaching platform for water-wise, pollinator friendly, perennial edible, and native plants. Implementing this type of landscaping will better bridge the university with the community and provide an ongoing public research and teaching space.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program: Learn at Lunch Webinar Series  Capture
Institution: Utah State University
Category:  Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Water, Energy
Range: Global
Description: Learn at Lunch webinars tackle a variety of urban and rural forestry issues. We often invite researchers that can offer their perspectives from the field or lab, and encourage discussion on the practical implications of their findings for people managing the resource. Promoting sustainable urban and rural forest management is a guiding principle for this series.
Program Offerings: Website, Information


Program: Logan City Sidewalk Project 20151102_125533
Institution: Utah State University
Category: Air Quality/ Climate Change, Energy, Land
Range: Utah statewide
Description: This project is replaces damaged, traditional concrete sidewalks with rigid sidewalk tiles made from 100% recycled plastic. These unique tiles allowed trees (and often tree roots) to remain intact while maintaining safe, walkable sidewalks for the residents of Logan. We recently received a second grant to install the Terrewalks in Ogden, Utah. Stay tuned!
Program Offerings: Website, Information


Program: USU Extension Sustainability
Institution: Utah State University
Category: Air Quality/ Climate Change, Energy, Food, Land, Water
Range: Utah statewide
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, Website


Program: Utah Farm-Chef-Fork
Institution: Utah State University
Category: Food
Range: Utah Statewide
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, Website


Program: Utah Forest Factsheet SeriesUFF
Institution: Utah State University
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Water, Energy
Range: Regional
Description: We publish Utah Forest Factsheets multiple times / year. These factsheets are targeted at Utahans, primarily, however we aim to synthesize the most current facts on issues relating to urban and rural forestry. These factsheets are an excellent way to brush up on such topics as how to create a wildlife-friendly yard, to understanding how prescribed fire can benefit public lands.
Program Offerings: Website, Information


Program: Utah State University Botanical Centerusu-botanical-center
Institution: Utah State University
Category: Air Quality/ Climate Change, Food, Water, Energy
Range: Utah statewide
Description: Our mission is to guide the conservation and wise use of plant, water, and energy resources through research-based educational experiences, demonstrations, and technology.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program: Water Check Program 
Institution: Utah State University
Category: Water
Range: Utah statewide
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: Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism copy_of_iort_logo_circular
Institution: Utah State University
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Food, Water, Energy
Range: Utah statewide
Description: The Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism at Utah State University does research, outreach, and teaching focused on outdoor recreation and tourism management — inside Utah and beyond its borders. Our work focuses on the social and economic trade-offs associated with providing outdoor recreation opportunities on public lands.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program: Stream Side Sciencestream_side_science_in_kansas_city_mo
Institution: Utah State University
Category: Water
Range: Nationwide
Description: The goal of the Stream Side Science program is to promote and provide effective education about watershed functions and water-quality issues for all ages; students and educators. The program uses lesson plans along with hands-on stream exploration techniques to achieve this goal.
Stream Side Science directly engages participants through monitoring, observations, and simple analysis of local data. Participants are encouraged to become stewards of their local watersheds through service and community outreach projects. Although most teachers and leaders take kids outside, when that is not possible, the lessons are easily adapted to bring samples from streams and lakes to the classroom.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program: USU Water Quality Extensionhigh_uintahs
Institution: Utah State University
Category: Water
Range: Utah statewide
Description: Our mission: To help people understand the link between the quality of our water, land uses, and everyday activities.  We provide programs and resources about water quality and watershed functions, about different threats to surface waters and drinking water and about steps to take to protect your water.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program: Utah Biomass Resources Grouphigh_uintahs
Institution: Utah State University
Category: Land, Air Quality. Climate Change, Food, Water, Energy
Range: Utah Statewide
Description: The Utah Biomass Resources Group (UBRG) is made up of a diverse group of stakeholders with the mission of improving waste wood utilization and forest health in the Intermountain West. We focus on mobile pyrolysis technologies, biochar production, application, and trial as well as bio-oil production and refining into high value bio-chemical products. We also have a focus on Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) construction as a more sustainable approach to building and housing.  
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Demonstration, Applied Technologies


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


Program:Utah Master NaturalistfullColor
Institution: Utah State University
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Water
Range: Utah statewide
Description: The mission of the Utah Master Naturalist Program is to develop well-informed volunteers and professionals who provide education, outreach, and service promoting stewardship of natural resources within their communities.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification


Program: Utah Water Watchwho_can_volunteer3
Institution: Utah State University
Category: Water
Range: Utah statewide
Description: Utah Water Watch (UWW) is a water quality education and data collection program that seeks to increase awareness about the importance of water quality and promote stewardship of Utah’s aquatic resources (streams, rivers, lakes and reservoirs).  Volunteers are trained in our educational level program (Tier 1) or more advanced  program (Tier 2) monitoring techniques.  Tier 1 volunteers collect data from May through Sept and enter the data into UWW’s online database.  Tier 2 volunteers help professionals with their monitoring efforts.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program: Water Quality Extension Programprotectyourwater1
Institution: Utah State University
Category: Land, Water
Range: Regional
Description: USU WQ Extension’s mission is to help people understand the link between the quality of our water, land uses, and everyday activities, and how to protect and restore these waters.   Our website (www.extension.usu.edu/waterquality) is content rich, but also contains links to fact sheets, videos, and more.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Other

Vermont


Program: Certification for Sustainable Transportationcsttop
Institution: University of Vermont
Category: Air Quality/ Climate Change, Energy
Range: National
Description: The Certification for Sustainable Transportation (CST) was founded in 2012 to improve economic, environmental, and energy efficiency within the passenger transportation sector. Based out of the University of Vermont, the CST is a national initiative that includes the eRating certification, driver trainings, and an array of awareness and education programs.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Certification


Program: Lake Champlain Sea Grantlogo
Institution: University of Vermont and Plattsburg State University of NY
Category: Water
Range: Lake Champlain Watershed
Description: Lake Champlain
Sea Grant is dedicated to improving the understanding and management of Lake Champlain, Lake George and their watersheds for long-term environmental health and sustainable economic development.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program: The (UVM) New Farmer Projectnfplogowithdirt
Institution: University of Vermont Extension
Category:
Food
Range: 
Vermont statewide
Description:
The New Farmer Project, an initiative of the UVM Extension, brings together information and resources from Extension and the broader Vermont agriculture community to assist new farmers in creating successful agricultural businesses. By collaborating among departments within Extension and partners in the non-profit and government organizations serving farmers, we put our efforts into gathering the information most applicable to new farmers.We work with partner organizations to avoid duplication of efforts, and where possible to identify and fill gaps.
Program Offerings: 
Face-to-face trainings,Website, Information


Program: Sustainable Ag Energy Systems
Institution: University of Vermont
Category: Land, Energy
Range: National
Description: Led by University of Vermont Extension, with hundreds of collaborators across the country, the eXtension Farm Energy website is designed to provide timely and practical energy information for agricultural producers and service providers that enhances profitability, conserves natural resources, and promotes the well-being of local communities.
Program Offerings: Website, Information


Program: Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program montpelier_urban_forest___date_and_credit_unknown
Institution: University of Vermont
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Water
Range: Vermont statewide
Description: Funded primarily through the USDA Forest Service, the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program is designed to help communities plan, plant, and care for their community trees. Since its inception in 1991, VT UCF has provided technical and financial assistance to over 150 Vermont communities and more than $1,000,000 in competitive grants have been awarded to Vermont municipalities and volunteer organizations. The Program’s staff is supported by a twenty member council, numerous partners, and seasonal interns.
Program Offerings: Website, Information, Direct Technical Assistance


Program: Teens Reaching Youth (TRY) for the Environmenttry_logo_2015
Institution: University of Vermont
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Food, Land, Energy
Range: Vermont statewide
Description: TRY stands for Teens Reaching Youth and is an environmental leadership opportunity for youth in grades 7-12. It is a teen-led environmental education program with an embedded service learning component designed to teach environmental literacy and responsibility to younger youth. TRY for the Environment includes four program areas—renewable energy, waste solutions, food systems and forests & trees—to connect young people to real-world environmental problems in which they can be key change agents helping to create real-world solutions.
Program Offerings: Teens teaching a 6 lesson curriculum to younger students


Program: UVM Center for Sustainable Agricultureimg_9868
Institution: University of Vermont
Category: Air Quality/ Climate Change, Food, Land, Water
Range: Regional
Description: The Center advances sustainable food and farming systems in Vermont and beyond through Land Access, New American Farmer, Pasture, Farming & Climate Change, and Local Food programs.  We cultivate partnership, support innovative research and practices, and inform policy to benefit Vermont communities and the UVM campus.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings,Website, Information


Program: The Women’s Agricultural Network (WAgN)
wagnavatarInstitution: University of Vermont Extension
Category: Food
Range: National
Description: Established in 1995, the Women’s Agricultural Network (WAgN) provides education and technical assistance established, beginning and aspiring farmers. WAgN’s goal is to increase the number of women owning and operating profitable farms and ag-related businesses. From developing and assessing a business idea through the advanced planning and implementation phases, WAgN offers a program to support and encourage farm entrepreneurs at any level.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information

Virginia


Program: Community, Local, and Regional Food Systems  va
Institution: Virginia Tech and Virginia State University
Category:
 Land, Food, Water
Range: Virginia statewide
Description: Community, local, and regional food systems are complex and interconnected networks that comprise sustainable food production, processing, distribution, consumption, and waste management to bring about social, economic, and ecological change that benefits all residents. A more community-focused food system must be cultivated and nurtured by local leadership and strong community ties that include a diversity of voices and ideas. This programmatic and educational approach involves collaborations and partnerships to create and catalyze more resilient, vibrant, and just food systems and economies.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Webinars


Program: Virginia Forest Landowner Education Programvfle_logo
Institution: Virginia Tech
Category: Land
Range: Virginia statewide
Description: We provide landowners with science based information to help them make sustainable forest management decisions.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Online classes


Program: Virginia Big Tree Programvbtp
Institution: Virginia Tech
Category: Land
Range: Virginia statewide
Description: The Virginia Big Tree Program began as a 4-H and FFA project in 1970. Today the program is coordinated by the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech. We are a passionate community of tree enthusiasts that includes Virginia Tech faculty and staff, Virginia Cooperative Extension staff, and numerous individual and organizational volunteers from around the state. Our mission is to increase the care and appreciation for all trees – big and small – and educate the Commonwealth about the value of trees and forests.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Citizen science

Washington


Program: Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources
Institution: Washington State University
Category: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Food, Water, Energy
Range: Regional
Description: CSANR leads efforts in sustainable agriculture, food, and natural resource systems that are economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially responsible. CSANR’s role focuses on facilitation and networking, funding, and education. CSANR facilitates new linkages and better communication between diverse interest groups, WSU units, growers, agencies, industry, environmental groups, and the public.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Research


Program: Biologically Intensive Agriculture & Organic Farming (BIOAg)
Institution: Washington State University 
Category: Land, Food, Water
Range: Washington statewide
Description: BIOAg is the flagship Grant Program of the WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources. The goal of the BIOAg solicitation is to engage WSU faculty to advance the development, understanding, and use of biologically-intensive, organic and sustainable agriculture in Washington State. BIOAg funding can be requested for three purposes: to stimulate new research initiatives, to augment existing research to address critical gaps, and to move existing, game-changing research out into the real world.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program: Snohomish County Sustainable Community Stewards
Institution: Washington State University
Category: Energy
Range: Snohomish County
Description: Be the change you want to see in your community! Over the past 5 years, Sustainable Community Stewards have diverted over 15,000 pounds of food waste and compostable ware from the landfill, tested over 900 cars for leaks, and taught over 500 people how to make their own non-toxic tub scrub. These impacts are especially important since Washington State’s recycling rate is stagnant at 51%, over 7 million quarts of oil leak into the Puget Sound watershed each year, and over half of the Snohomish County residents surveyed in 2016 did not know about the Household Hazardous Waste facility. You can be a positive change, educator, and researcher in your own neighborhood by joining this program!
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings


Program: Native Plant Salvage Projectraingardenteam_p1030388
Institution: Washington State University
Category: Water
Range: Thurston County
Description: The project trains volunteers and offers workshops on using residential landscapes to protect water resources and wildlife habitat.  An important element of the program is to implement green stormwater infrastructure strategies that look to nature for managing storm-water, conserving water, and keeping pollution out of our waterways.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website


Program: Cultivating Success Courses      
Institution: Washington State University
Category: Food, Land
Range: Washington Statewide
Description: Our Cultivating Success Program offers courses that provide beginning and existing farmers with the planning and decision-making tools, production skills and support necessary to develop a sustainable small acreage farm. Cultivating Success connects the student with the farmers and exposes them to real world situations through a community-based, experiential approach. Whether you are a community member wanting to learn the basics of farming/ranching or an experienced farmer/rancher wanting to try something new – Cultivating Success provides educational opportunities for anyone interested in the knowledge and skills you need to be a successful small acreage farmer or rancher.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information

Program: Water Resources Education & Involvement  
Institution: Washington State University
Category: Water
Range: Kitsap County
Description:
•Stream Stewards – learn about local watersheds and freshwater ecology; help teach others about their conservation and restoration; participate in stream restoration, sampling, and tree planting
•Beach Naturalists – discover, monitor, and help teach others about the Salish Sea and the many critters who inhabit our shores
•Salmon Docents – learn about Puget Sound’s iconic salmon species and share your knowledge as a streamside Salmon Docent at the annual Kitsap Salmon Tours events.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Information


Program: WSU Water Irrigation System Efficiency 
Institution: Washington State University
Category: Water
Range: Washington statewide
Description: We work with stakeholders to improve Irrigation efficiency.  Farmers that show up to trainings receive a free Irrigation evaluation and tutorial on Irrigation System Management.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings

West Virginia


Program: Sustainable Agriculture 
Institution: West Virginia University Extension 
Category: Land, Food, Water
Range: Regional
Description: WVU Extension Service specialists emphasize the sustainability of agricultural practices and quality of life for all current and future West Virginians. Extension resources are available to help residents learn the science behind large-scale horticulture and the art of sustainable garden cultivation and management in West Virginia.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings


Program: Wildlife Habitat Education Program
Institution: West Virginia University 
Category: Air Quality/ Climate Change, Water,
Range: National
Description: The Wildlife Habitat Education Program is a hands-on natural resource program dedicated to teaching wildlife and fisheries habitat management to youth ages 8 to 19 through 4-H or FFA organizations. Annually, about 10,000 youths throughout the United States participate in WHEP, learning wildlife and fisheries terms and concepts, species identification and habitat management. The program provides youth opportunities to test their knowledge in state competitions. The winning team from each state earns the opportunity to attend the National WHEP contest. The National WHEP contest moves to a different state, and thus different habitat types, each year. The WHEP earned the 4-H National Program of Distinction award for providing youth teamwork and leadership opportunities, teaching critical thinking skills, and improving written and oral communication skills and self-confidence.
Program Offerings:  Website, Information, Youth camp

Wisconsin


Program: Center for Land Use Education
Institution: University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point
Category: Food, Water
Range: Wisconsin statewide
Description:Helping people learn about how our food choices affect our health, our kids’ health, and the drinking water of the community.

Helping Wisconsin communities who want to protect lakes, streams and drinking water by providing research-based information, examples from other communities and policy options.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program: St. Croix/Red Cedar River Basin Farmer-Led Watershed Council   
Institution: University of Wisconsin and partners
Category: Land, Food, Water
Range: Dunn, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties
Description: The Farmer-Led Watershed Council strives to improve water quality in the Red Cedar and St. Croix River basins through reduced phosphorus and sediment loading; to increase farmer knowledge on, and engagement with, water quality issues, including the adoption of conservation practices; to develop leadership around water quality among farmers in the selected sub-watersheds; and to develop a unique collaborative model of water quality improvement through farmer engagement that can be replicated in watersheds throughout the Upper Mississippi River Basin and nationwide.
Program Offerings: Information, Policy development, Other


 Program: Useful to Usable: Transforming Climate Variability and Change Information for Cereal Crop Producers 
Institution: University of Wisconsin- Extension
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ategory: Climate Change, Food, Land
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ange: Regional
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escription: Weather and climate patterns are a driving force behind the success or failure of Corn Belt cropping systems. Useful to Usable (U2U): Transforming Climate Variability and Change Information for Cereal Crop Producers is an integrated research and extension project, led by Purdue University and funded by USDA, working to improve farm resilience and profitability in the North Central U.S. by transforming existing climate data into usable products for the agricultural community. The initiative’s goal is to help producers make better long-term plans on what, when and where to plant, and also how to manage crops for maximum yields and minimum environmental damage.

There are over 50 faculty, staff and students from nine Midwestern universities working together and with members of the agricultural community to develop decision support tools, resource materials and training methods that lead to more effective decision-making and the adoption of climate-resilient practices. ERC teams are leading the evaluation and marketing components of the project.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Information


Program: Rural Energy Program
Institution: University of Wisconsin- Madison
Category: Energy
Range: Wisconsin statewide
Description: Provide programming and educational materials on energy topics for Agricultural producers in energy efficiency and renewable energy. We also work on grants related to agricultural energy use. Past grants have targeted greenhouses, utilizing wood fuels, general energy efficiency, cold storage facilities and distillation of essential oils. We are about 75% grant supported.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program:“Gikinoo’wizhiwe Onji Waaban (Guiding for Tomorrow) Changing Climate, Changing Culture or “G-WOW” Initiativegwow_logo
Institution: University of Wisconsin- Extension
Category: Air Quality/ Climate Change, Water
Range: Nationwide; Because the G-WOW climate literacy model is applicable to all cultures and because the G-WOW initiative includes web-based distance learning, it is applicable nation-wide and beyond.
Description: “Gikinoo’wizhiwe Onji Waaban (Guiding for Tomorrow) Changing Climate, Changing Culture or “G-WOW” Initiative is a unique model for increasing climate change literacy for middle school to adult learners based on the sustainability of species and habitats that support cultural practices that we value. G-WOW integrates the latest scientific research with traditional ecological knowledge and place-based evidence of how climate change is affecting traditional “lifeways” of the Lake Superior Ojibwe, to demonstrate how climate is affecting people of all cultures. G-WOW is infused with Ojibwe language and cultural perspectives. The project’s service learning approach promotes community level action to fight changing climate. The G-WOW model can be adapted to other cultures and locations. G-WOW outreach includes the G-WOW online service learning curriculum and supporting resources, G-WOW professional development institutes for formal and informal educators, and the G-WOW Discovery Center located at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, WI.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information, Educator professional development institute, student “climate camps” interactive exhibit and kiosk.


Program: Wisconsin Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
img_2160Institution: University of Wisconsin- Madison (regional office at University of Minnesota)
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ategory: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Food, Water, Energy
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ange: Wisconsin statewide
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escription: The Wisconsin Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program offers information and support to educators seeking to expand their knowledge about and outreach in sustainable agriculture.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Information


Program: UW Extension Sustainability Teamwisconsin-eco-municipalities-06nov09
Institution: University of Wisconsin
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ategory: Land, Air Quality/ Climate Change, Food, Water, Energy
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ange: Wisconsin statewide
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escription: The Sustainability Team develops and maintains a University of Wisconsin – Extension (UWEX) institutional framework for understanding and promoting sustainability across all program areas and divisions. The Team engages in both internal capacity building and strategic external educational programming.
Program Offerings: Face-to-face trainings, Website, Other

Wyoming


Program: School Integrated Pest Management
Institution: University of Wyoming 
Category: Land
Range: Wyoming statewide
Description: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a process that helps schools to focus more on prevention than remediation and works for any pest problem in any location. IPM strategies take advantage of biological insights into the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
Program Offerings: Information

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