CLEAN Network Video Conferences

Each Tuesday at 1:00 pm Eastern Time (12 pm Central, 11 am Mountain, 10 am Pacific) CLEAN Network members meet on a video conference 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 video conferences include special presentations by members and guests.
To participate in these video conferences, 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 video conference.

Upcoming 2023 Video Conferences

March 5th: Informal Conversation (News from the Community)

March 12th: Informal Conversation (Introducing the Adult SSTEM Curriculum)

March 19th: Climate Literacy in Florida with Alexandra Panos

Abstract: This presentation will prompt attendees to consider how literacy and English Language Arts teachers might teach in relationship to the climate and broader issues of ecojustice in complex and even hostile educational policy environments. Dr. Panos will share stories of how teachers' ecosophies, placemaking, and personal inquiries can be leveraged to support them in making the climate crisis a central concern of their work with students. She will invite dialogue around how all teachers are climate educators and how to create networks that support those who often see their work as outside the scope of climate justice literacy.

Bio: Alexandra Panos (Ph.D.) is an Assistant Professor of Literacy Studies and Affiliate Faculty in Measurement and Research in the College of Education at the University of South Florida. She completed her Ph.D. at Indiana University Bloomington with a focus on Literacy, Language, and Culture Education and Qualitative Inquiry Methodology. She earned her M.A. at DePaul University Chicago with a focus on Urban and Multicultural Education before teaching Middle Grades English Language Arts and Media in Chicago, IL. Currently she serves as Director of Research for the Center for Climate Literacy and as one of the founding editors for the newly launched open access practitioner pocket journal, Climate Literacy in Education. Through a growing partnership with USF Libraries, Dr. Panos and her colleagues have recently launched a freely accessible resource, Ecoliteracies for Climate Action in Florida, as part of the Florida Environmental Natural History Portal. Dr. Panos centers her scholarship on the reality that, to quote Octavia Butler, "there is no end to what a living world demands of you." For her, this means prioritizing place-based, community-engaged, and postcritical activities that center the ecological and geographic dimensions of education for equity and justice.

March 26th: Informal Conversation (Conference Planning)

April 2nd: Informal Conversation (Social Media Best Practices)

April 9th: The Dirty Snow Citizen Science Project with Kaila Banister and Christi Buffington

Bio: Kaila Banister is a staff member University of Alaska Fairbanks International Arctic Research Center. She graduated in December, 2023 from UAF with a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environment. As an undergraduate student, Kaila secured a NASA SnowEx internship for four semesters and conducted  research on snow, particulate matter and climate change in the boreal forest using Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) protocols and a "Dirty Snow" citizen science method.

Abstract: She invites the CLEAN community to learn about how students can become NASA interns and participate in air quality and snow citizen science. Kaila will show educators and students how to collect, measure and filter surface snow, and to share her experience as a NASA MAIANSE intern. Christi Buffington, science and education specialist at International Arctic Research Center, has served as Kaila's mentor alongside NASA SnowEx and NASA MAIANSE mentors.

April 16th: Climate Fresk with Megan Yousef

Bio: Megan Yousef is an APTD-certified facilitator with a background rooted in change management. Having started her career as a pharmacist before pivoting into the training sphere, she's passionate about facilitating people to action, and now leverages climate literacy tools to motivate teams to action. Megan serves as the Climate Fresk referent for the upper MidWest, and brings experience facilitating literacy workshops across a variety of settings, including pharmaceuticals, industrial paint, green tech solutions, global health and government.

AbstractClimate Fresk is a gamified workshop to teach participants how everything is connected in the climate crisis, empower them with an understanding and language to be able to speak to nuanced issues, and empower them to build a foundation to move a community towards action.The material is based on our most comprehensive source of climate data, leveraged by governments and businesses globally, the United Nation's IPCC report. It is a 3 part workshop, with a portion to teach you climate science, a portion to support processing climate anxiety, and a collective brainstorm. It's been played by over 1 million participants globally, in universities, governments, and large organizations.

April 23rd: Renewable Energy Education: Resources and Opportunities with Remy Pangle

April 30th: Climate kNOWledge: A systemic effort to bring climate change and climate justice education to 6th grade science in Howard County, MD


Recent Video Conferences

February 27th: Bringing Nature into the Classroom with Ximena Marquez & Nelson Melendez

February 20th: Informal Conversation

February 13th: Ten Strands' Data Initiative for Environmental and Climate Action in California's TK-12 Schools with Andra Yeghoian and Stephanie Seidmon 

February 6th: Informal Conversation (Climate Literacy in California)

January 30th: Informal Conversation (Breaking down silos: ways of working with other organizations to amplify/complement each other's work)

January 23rd: Worldwide Climate and Justice Education Week

January 16th: Informal Conversation (From the East Coast of Baltimore to the East Coast of Dar Es Salaam: Baltimore Green Justice Workers Cooperative (BGJWC))

January 9th: Informal Conversation (State Level Climate Policy)

January 2nd: NO CALL (Holiday Observance)

December 26th: NO CALL (Holiday Observance)

December 19th: Informal Discussion (Challenges and Successes from 2023)

December 12th: Informal Gathering with AGU Participants

December 5th: Climate Generation Delegates Live from COP28

November 28th: Incorporating Climate Literacy into Adult Education with Lynn Pinder

November 21st: NO CALL (Thanksgiving Holiday)

November 14th: Informal Conversation (The Fifth National Climate Assessment by the USGCRP)

November 7th: Opportunities elective courses provide high schools for the implementation of interdisciplinary climate change education with Tim Muhich

October 31st: Informal Conversation (The role of informal education in climate and energy literacy)

October 24th: Virtual Participation in COP28 with Frank Granshaw and Eric Havel

October 17th: Informal Conversation (AGU Conference and Accelerating Climate Capacity, Engagement, and Leadership Summit (ACCELS) Convened by CLEAN)

October 10th: New York State Climate Resilience Education Taskforce with Don Haas

October 3rd: Informal Conversation (Exploring collaborations for short, virtual, professional development workshops and brainstorming new strategies for engaging teachers amidst burnout)

September 26th: Informal Conversation (Landmark Climate Decision for Montana Youth)

September 19th: Visualizing Energy, with Cutler J. Cleveland

September 12th: Informal Conversation (COP Virtual Participation Follow Up)

September 5th: Informal Conversation (Fall Conference Planning: NSTA, NAAEE, ASTC)

August 29th: Informal Conversation (Justice40/The Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers (EJ TCTAC) Program)

August 22nd: Informal Conversation (Best practices for hosting and planning climate-related conferences and events)

August 15th: Informal Conversation (Evaluation strategies for climate related projects)

August 8th: Informal Conversation (Intersection of environmental education, climate justice and access to green spaces)

August 1st: Informal Conversation (Best practices in creating and leading teacher professional development)

July 25th: Informal Conversation (Submitting abstracts to the AGU Fall Meeting)

July 18th: Pathway to Impact: Empowering Youth Voices in Climate Policy

July 11th: Informal Conversation (Including Energy Education in Climate Education)

July 4th: NO CALL (4th of July Holiday)

June 27th: The People's Pavilion at COP, with Joe Robertson and Isatis Cintron-Rodriguez of Citizens' Climate International

June 13th: Designing Ambitious Pathways to Climate Careers with Mark Basnage

June 6th: Informal Conversation (Stories from Our Mediterranean Climate Brothers and Sisters)

May 30th: Fighting In A World On Fire: How to Gain Traction? with Jimmy Whips

May 23rd: Informal Conversation (Incorporating Indigenous Perspectives into Climate Education)

May 16th: Strengthening Climate Change Education in the United States with Liza Rodler and Rachel Renbarger, FHI 360

May 9th: Informal Conversation (Ideas and Resources around Remote and Digital Engagement in COP 28) 

May 2nd: (Continued) Creating a Climate Workforce for Implementing Climate Solutions with Wells Brown, Director of Youth Programs for Rising Sun Opportunities

April 25th: Informal Conversation (Topic: Citizen Science and Opportunities for Involving Students and Teachers in Data Collection)

April 18th: Informal Conversation (Topic: Climate Change & Mental Health with Alicia Christensen and Patrick Chandler of CLEAN)

April 11th: Yuraq: Energy and Life in Balance: Yup'ik Knowledge and Energy Education

April 4th: James Damico and How to Confront Climate Denial

March 28th: Informal Conversation (Topic: Call for Public Comment on the 2023 Climate Literacy Essential Principles Update)

March 21st: Under Construction! EE Guidelines for Empowering Climate Change Action, with Anne Umali and Bora Simmons (NAAEE)

March 14th: Informal Conversation (Topic: International Climate Education Efforts)

March 7th: Inspirit ( and the Stanford VR Lab with Aditya Vishwanath

February 28th: Informal Conversation (Topic: State-level Climate Education Initiatives)

February 21st: Climate Action in South Florida, with Rachel Wellman (Pine Jog Environmental Education Center at Florida Atlantic University)

February 14th: Informal Conversation (Topic: Climate Stories and Storytelling)

February 7th: Informal Conversation (Topic: Climate Visualization Tools and Resources)

January 31st: Patrick Freeland: Building A Fire

January 24th: Informal Conversation (Topic: Creating a climate workforce for implementing climate solutions)

January 17th: Mike Hoffman: Using the foods we love and need to tell the climate change story

January 10th: Informal Conversation (Topic: Strategies for Increasing Teacher Engagement)

January 3rd: Informal Conversation (Topic: Goals for 2023)


Past CLEAN Calls

Past video conference call recordings call be accessed in the 'Recorded Video Conference' section. To access previous informal calls please email

2009 and 2008 Teleconferences 
If anyone has material from the 2009 and 2008 teleconference calls, please contact Tamara Ledley. We would like to preserve our historic record. Thanks.