CLEAN Network Teleconferences

Each Tuesday at 1:00pm Eastern Time (12pm Central, 11am Mountain, 10am Pacific) CLEAN Network members meet on a teleconference call to update each other about their climate literacy projects, upcoming events, and funding opportunities and share information about best practices, key teaching/learning resources, and the development of collaborative activities. Often these teleconferences include special presentations by members and guests.
To participate in these teleconferences, you need to be a member of the CLEAN Network. To join the Network, sign up here Join CLEAN Network.

Members receive an email alert from the CLEAN Network listserv with information about each week's teleconference.

Upcoming 2021 Teleconferences


May 11th: Michael Hoffmann: Using the Food We Love and Need to Tell the Climate Change Story


Abstract: Climate change is rapidly making the business of getting the foods we love and need to our table more challenging—just about everything on the menu is changing. Plants, the basis of life, require the right temperatures, water, soil, air, and sunlight. All but sunlight is changing and having subtle and, in many cases, ominous impacts on our foods and beverages. The flavors of teas, the availability of natural vanilla and avocados, vitamins in rice, and the source of our wines are all changing. Given the cultural, historical, and personal connections everyone has to food, this climate change story must be told. There are unlimited ways to educate others about climate change through food as well as share the many ways we can address the challenges facing our food. The webinar will be based on—Our Changing Menu: Climate Change and the Food we Love and Need and a companion website. The changing menu is seen as a way to join forces—consumers, producers, chefs, restaurateurs, and food businesses—to find a common ground and draw more attention and action to address this grand challenge of climate change. We all eat.

Bio: Michael Hoffmann dedicates all of his time to the grand challenge of climate change and helps people understand and appreciate what is happening through food. Melting glaciers are bad enough but the loss of coffee is downright terrifying – this keeps him going. He tells the climate change story with passion, a little humor, and without doom and gloom. It's a science-based message about what is happening and what we all can do about it. He has published climate change articles in the popular press - The Hill, Fortune, and USA Today and co-authored a book – Our changing menu: Climate and the foods we love and need (Cornell Press 2021)His TEDx Talk – Climate change: It's time to raise our voices has been well received. Previous positions he has held at Cornell include Executive Director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Change Solutions, Director of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, associate director of Cornell Cooperative Extension, and director of the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program. He is a professor emeritus in the Department of Entomology. He received his BS Degree from the University Wisconsin, MS from the University of Arizona and PhD from the University of California, Davis.


May 18th: Informal Discussion


Recent Teleconferences

May 4th: Informal Discussion

April 27th: Bosiljka Glumac: Climate in Arts & History: Promoting Climate Literacy Across Disciplines

April 20th: Informal Discussion

April 13th: Eban Goodstein: Worldwide Teach-in Climate / Justice 3.30.22: Next Step for Coordinated Climate Education

April 6th: Erin Twamley and Joshua Sneideman: Energy Superheroes- Who are they?

March 30th: CLEAN Network Visioning

March 23rd: CLEAN Community Discussion: Coordinating conference session proposals for the American Geophysical Union Conference and the American Meteorological Society Conference

March 16th: Dana Haine: Exploring the evolving electric grid as a strategy to promote energy literacy among educators and prepare students for careers in a low-carbon economy

March 9th: Eliza Jane Reilly and Sonya Doucette: The Science Education for New Civic Engagements Approach

March 2nd: Deb Morrison and Don Hass lead a community discussion on diversity

February 23rd: Informal Discussion

February 16th: Informal Discussion

February 9th: Informal Discussion

February 2nd: Informal Discussion

January 26th: Ginger Wireman: Public participation in climate action

January 19th: Frank Granshaw: Climate Toolkit - An update and invitation to participate

January 12th: Frank Niepold (facilitator): Action for Climate Empowerment framework completion and next steps

January 5: Informal Discussion


Past Teleconferences