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Smart Solutions for a Changing Climate

The Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions (CICSS) builds stakeholder capacity and works toward a future where agricultural, environmental, and social systems are resilient in the face of a rapidly changing climate and have reduced their impacts on the climate system.

Institute Highlights

Navigate to our NEW Climate Smart Farming (CSF) Website – the focal point of the CSF Program – formed in 2015 to give agricultural stakeholders in the Northeast access to cutting edge decision tools, resources and best management practices, extension support, videos, and more!

  • CICSS Facilitates climate change research and education related to climate science and policy, environmental and agricultural systems, food security, and social-ecological resiliency. Research is published in peer-reviewed journals, as well as in CICSS Research & Policy Briefs, which focus on everything from farmer perceptions of climate change, to extreme weather, and the recent 2016 Northeast drought.
  • Builds collaborative partnerships and engages stakeholders to share information and develop climate change solutions – such as partnering with the USDA Northeast Climate Hub, land grant universities such as Penn State, University of Maryland, UVM, University of Illinois, etc. to lead and facilitate large-scale climate-change related grant proposals to the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
  • Educates stakeholders and decision makers with trusted, science-based information to increase sustainability and resiliency to climate change – with the help of our Climate Smart Farming Extension Team and the Cornell Small Farms Program, we led the first Climate Smart Farming online course (BF 107), with the goal of students developing customized climate action plans for their farm, garden or community.

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