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Smart Solutions for a Changing Climate

The Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions (CICSS) serves as a focal point to facilitate research, education, and outreach to help farmers in the Northeast become more resilient to extreme weather and climate variability and reduce their impact on climate change, through increased use of renewable energy and adoption of best management practices.

Institute Highlights

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  • CICSS Facilitates climate change research and education related to climate science and policy, environmental and agricultural systems, food security, and social-ecological resiliency – such as the new CICSS Research & Policy Brief (March 2016), which Cornell University and The Pennsylvania State University developed with the USDA Northeast Regional Climate Hub.
  • Builds collaborative partnerships and engages stakeholders to share information and develop climate change solutions – such as partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension and the NYS Agricultural Society to help organize the keynote speaker and farmer panel on climate change in January 2016 at the Annual Forum.
  • Educates stakeholders and decision makers with trusted, science-based information to increase sustainability and resiliency to climate change – through our Climate Smart Farming Extension Team, the first of its kind in the United States, and Climate Smart Farming Website of resources and tools for farmers.

Learn more About the Institute.