Climate Masters was developed at the University of Oregon Climate Leadership Initiative and is modeled after the Master Gardeners program. The purpose of a Climate Masters course is to provide approximately 30 hours of in-class programming to provide ideas on how we can reduce our carbon and water footprints through a variety of ways, including transportation, energy conservation, waste reduction, food/agriculture, and water issues. Upon completion, participants create and implement a 30-hour service project in the community. This project has two objectives for the participants: 1) Serve as a positive messenger of how we as individuals and a community can reduce our carbon footprints. 2) Incorporate the learned material into a small-scale, community service effort to promote positive change.
The New Mexico Climate Masters program was initiated in 2008 and was originally run by the New Mexico Environment Department. In fall 2011, the New Mexico Environment Department cancelled the program and the Santa Fe Watershed Association has run it ever since.
The curriculum focuses primarily on climate change and the interrelated connections between water, soil, consumption/waste, forest management, transportation, architecture and how we can live more sustainably. Weekly, expert guest speakers will provide an in-depth presentation in one of the topic areas. Participants will also be taken on a field trip into the Upper Santa Fe Watershed to witness first-hand the efforts already undertaken to protect our forest and water supply.
After the course is over, students are required to complete at least 30 hours of community service before they receive the title of “Climate Master.”
The cost of only $25 includes all post-film presentations, field trips, and the new knowledge and inspiration gained from experts in a variety of fields.
Event Details: The first class will be part of a public screening of Ice and Sky with a panel discussion at Violet Crown Cinema on April 19th at 6:30 p.m. The cost of the film is $15 and is not included in the Climate Masters registration fee. With the exception of field trips, all subsequent classes will be held at at the Commons on the Alameda.