Who are we?
Who are we?

GVSU Climate Change Education Solutions Network is a group of faculty, students, scientists, teachers, and community partners, passionate about student-centered  and solution-oriented  climate change education for all ages.

Our Vision
Our Vision

A world of thriving resilient communities, living in balance with nature and empowered by knowledge.

Our Mission
Our Mission

To provide a forum for dialogue, collaboration,  and sharing of ideas to support solution-oriented climate change education for all ages.


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High School Climate Change Symposium

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Young people have become more aware of the issue of climate change and the devastating impact that “business as usual” will have on their lives. In an effort to raise awareness and action, the Hastings High School Climate Team has organized a youth-led Climate Change Symposium for students in the state of Michigan.
Learn from industry leaders and participate in in-depth, curated break-out sessions to become more aware of the current climate crisis and measures we need to take now and into the future. 

March 11, 2020
11:40am-2:40pm
Hastings High School Performing Arts Center, 520 W South St. Hastings MI 49058

Learn more here: https://www.highschoolclimatechangesymposium.com/


The Climate Change Education Solutions Network Goals:

Launched in May 2018 by a group of GVSU faculty, students, and staff and teachers from West Michigan schools, the Climate Change Education Solutions Network has several interrelated goals:

  • To promote collaboration among Michigan schools, colleges, and universities to provide excellent, solution-oriented place-based climate education to all students and our broader community.
  • To host an annual interdisciplinary Climate Change Education Solutions Summit on climate change education to strengthen dialogue and collaboration among the higher education and K-12 faculty.
  • To develop Michigan Virtual Climate Change Education Lab relevant for high/middle school students.
  • To host speaker series, classroom guest lectures, and virtual presentations on climate and environmental change.
  • To share scholarly data and educational resources, such as academic publications, climate data, presentations, visualization tools, and videos for classroom use.
  • To provide interdisciplinary resources for place-based hands-on curriculum for all grades, relevant for Michigan schools.
  • To share information via website and e-Newsletter about new educational materials, programs, resources, and opportunities for teachers and students, relate to climate and environment.

Based at Grand Valley State University, we focus primarily on collaboration with schools and community partners in West Michigan. However, our faculty and students are engaged in climate change education, research locally, nationally, and internationally through partnerships and collaborative projects.

The CCES Network is open to all organizations and individuals interested in climate change education.

Climate Change Education Solutions Summit 2019
Climate Change Education Solutions Summit 2019

One of our goals as a network is to "host an annual interdisciplinary Climate Change Education Solutions Summit on climate change education to strengthen dialogue and collaboration among the higher education and K-12 faculty."

This past June the CCESN successfully held the 2019 CCESS with inspiring key note speakers from around the country, engaging workshops, and full attendance. Watch the video to the left for more insights on the event. 

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GVSU Climate Change Education Solutions Network and its annual Summit provide a forum for dialogue, collaboration, and sharing of ideas to offer solution-oriented climate change education for all ages.


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Triangulating on the Future with Kevin Strychar

February 01, 2020

"Canada sea ice is opening up. How do you defend that? Do you own it in terms of oil and gas? My family farm grows wheat that couldn't be grown in Canada 35 years ago."

Unpredictability, Ice, and Fire: a climate conversation with Bob Hollister

January 01, 2020

Bob Hollister, professor of Biology, has been involved in a long-term project in the Arctic since 1995.

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CLIMATE CHANGE HAPPENS. NOW WHAT? DEBATING THE GREEN NEW DEAL

February 18, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

There is no question that the Earth’s climate is changing. The question is: to what degree do human beings have an impact on the effects of climate change, and what can we do about it? Which...

High School Climate change Symposium

March 11, 2020 11:45 AM - 2:45 PM

Welcome to Michigan's first-ever High School Climate Change Symposium! Young people have become more aware of the issue of climate change and the devastating impact that “business...

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