SCC Webinar

Assembling Customized Teaching Plans and Materials on Sustainability and Climate Change from the Internet

Thursday, March 22 at 2PM Eastern

Mark Trexler, The Climatographers and
Visiting Scholar, George Washington University

Mark Trexler been inventorying climate change education materials on the web, and here’s what he has found and organized to date: Hundreds of links to relevant websites, organizations, and resources; links to more than 300 courses, mostly online and mostly free; and hundreds of video and text modules from free courses, often developed at great effort by leaders in their fields, and seen by a few hundred people on YouTube. This is a great example of Carla O’Dell’s “If only we knew what we know” admonition. Imagine the incredible amount of work reflected in those courses, materials, and videos. Imagine if all of that work could be made available, not as full courses that few people will watch, but as mixed and matched collections of potentially “actionable knowledge” targeted at the decision-making needs of individuals, executives, and policy-makers. Or of students in all kinds of relevant classes, taking advantage of existing materials rather than having to reinvent the pedagogical wheel! This webinar will: i) introduce the scope of on-line climate education resources via the Climate Web; ii) illustrate how specific resources can be organized for individuals’ purposes via the on-line Climate Web; and iii) show how teachers can actually get desktop access to these resources for much easier and customizable knowledge work and delivery.

Dr. Mark C. Trexler has more than 30 years of regulatory and energy policy experience, and has advised clients around the world on climate change risk and risk management for more than 25 years. Mark joined the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC in 1988, where he worked on the first carbon offset project, the CARE Agroforestry Project in Guatemala. He founded Trexler Climate + Energy Services (TC+ES) in 1991, working extensively with electric sector and other energy clients, as well as with governmental and NGO clients, on risk mitigation and adaptation strategies, including the development of a wide range of climate change decision-support tools such as carbon market models and carbon offset quality scoring systems. Mark directed EcoSecurities’ Global Consulting Services Group from 2007-2009 after EcoSecurities acquired TC+ES, and was Director of Climate Risk for the global risk management firm of Det Norske Veritas from 2009-2012. He is widely published on business risk management topics surrounding climate change, including in the design and deployment of carbon markets. Mark has served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and holds graduate degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.

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