USD gets $1 million to improve climate change awareness

By City News Service

The University of San Diego received a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a program to increase awareness about climate change, it was announced Thursday.

The grant, through the NSF’s Climate Change Education Partnership, will be used to develop a climate change communication program that promotes education, awareness, innovation and action.

The two-year program includes an assessment of key opinion, community and business leaders to determine their level of climate science awareness and preferred policies and actions for addressing the impacts of climate change, according to USD.

The project team will include scientists from USD’s Marine Science and Environmental Studies Department and Energy Policy Initiative Center and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, alonn with a behavioral psychologist from Cal State San Marcos and community planners from The San Diego Foundation.

USD was one of 15 organizations in the country to receive a NSF Climate Change Education Partnership Grant.