EPA Lesson Guide for Educators | A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change

EPA has compiled a suite of hands-on, interactive lesson plans to complement and make use of the material on this website. The plans, aimed primarily at middle school students, work systematically and individually to reinforce students’ knowledge of climate change, as well as enhance skills across multiple disciplines. The lessons are correlated to national science standards.

Adaptation Design Tool

Tool Overview: 

The Adaptation Design Tool helps natural resource managers incorporate climate-smart design into their management activities by considering the effects of climate change on ecosystem stressors and implications for effective management. Developed as a collaboration of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force with The Nature Conservancy to support coral reef management, the tool is also fully transferable and has been used for other natural resource systems, as well.

Climate Change Issue Profile: Sea Level Rise

Sea level rise is a major climate change impact that is already being experienced in parts of the United States, including many marine protected areas (MPAs) along the coast. MPAs can play an important role in addressing the impacts of climate change and building community resilience. As special places with long term protection, many MPAs provide the infrastructure to focus research and monitoring efforts of climate trends, provide protection against non-climate stressors, and effectively engage the community through public education programs, advisory groups, and onsite staff.

Building Climate Resilience by Connecting to Health

Climate change has been called the greatest 21st century threat to public health. Health departments from around the country, concerned about the negative health impacts of climate change, are engaging communities and professionals from other disciplines to implement adaptation strategies and increase community resiliency. Speakers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Climate-Ready States & Cities Initiative will highlight how state health departments are building climate resiliency by leading with health in adaptation strategies.