Communicating Climate Change: Climate Engagement Strategies and Problem Solving - Oakland

During this day long training participants will discuss and identify opportunities for engaging the public around climate change.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Elihu Harris State Building Room 2, Oakland
Lunch will be provided

COST: $60.00
Payable by check to Elkhorn Slough Foundation
Payable by credit card (online)


Instructor Information

Ms. Cara Pike
Director - Climate Access
The Resource Innovation Group


Virginia Guhin



See also: Climate Disruption, Sustainable Human Systems

Intended Audience:

Coastal resource managers, government staff, public engagement, outreach specialists and environmental interpreters



  • Participants will improve their understanding of engagement challenges for communicating climate change to diverse audiences
  • Participants will improve their understanding of a variety of solutions to engagement challenges
  • Participants will create a list of strategies for engaging their specific audience
  • Participants will map opportunities for coordinating outreach efforts among fellow participants



Most Americans accept the reality of climate disruption and climate impacts are beginning to act as a wake-up call for many. Engaging key stakeholders and the public in preparing for and reducing the risks from these impacts is essential.  This engagement requires approaches that recognize how people process risk, such as the importance of values, identities, and peer groups. Join environmental communication expert Cara Pike for an in-depth training in public engagement best practices for climate change. Participants will have an opportunity to design strategies for reaching and motivating target audiences, and be part of a unique problem-solving approach where a common public engagement challenge is tackled collaboratively.


Workshop Location and Time:

Elihu Harris State Building, Room 2

1515 Clay St.

Oakland, Ca.

9:00am – 5:00pm

Lunch included

Contact: Heidi Nutters, 415-338-3511 or Heidin@sfsu.edu


Important Registration and Payment Details

Please note, you must pre-register, and we must receive your payment no later than 5 p.m. on February 10, 2013 for us to reserve a spot for you at the workshop. Your registration will not be completed without payment received by this date.  Please pay by credit card from this site or, if sending a check, make it payable to Elkhorn Slough Foundation.


Mail to:

Elkhorn Slough Foundation

ATTN: Virginia Guhin

1700 Elkhorn Road

Watsonville, CA 95076


We will email you a confirmation and receipt after we have received your payment.  Agendas and course logistics will be posted on websites and emailed to registrants.

We cannot refund any of your registration fee if you cancel after February 10, 2013, 5 p.m. Cancellation before this date results in our refunding all but a $10 processing fee. Registration is non-transferable; we do not allow people to 'trade' their registration, even with people in the same organization. We reserve the right to cancel the workshop before February 13, 2014 in which case you will be refunded the full amount. We do not allow third party registration as our registration process is email sensitive and important information may be lost.


Documents and Publications

Contact List
We encourage participants to download the contact list to assist with arranging a rideshare or to get in contact with someone you met at the workshop. Those interested in sharing a ride to the event are marked on the contact list.

Climate Change in the Californian Mind
PDF, 995KB
Anthony Leiserowitz, Geoff Feinberg, Peter Howe, and Seth A. Rosenthal
Yale Project on Climate Change Communication
Best practices for talking with climate skeptics
PDF, 126KB
TRIG - Climate Access - compiled
Climate future forums -A model for engaging communities in building climate resilience
PDF, 4.7MB
Climate science communications assessment
PDF, 1.3MB
Energy Dollar Savings
Monterey Community

Questions and Answers

Submit a question on this subject and we'll provide an answer. grey@elkhornslough.org