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Announcing the ACSP Climate Action Task Force

Monday, May 11, 2020  
Posted by: ACSP President Marlon Boarnet
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At our 2019 Annual Conference in Greenville, I said that it is time – really past time – for ACSP to focus on the challenge of global climate change. I am pleased to announce the formation of the ACSP Climate Action Task Force, chaired by Michael Boswell, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and Elisabeth Hamin-Infield, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The membership of the task force includes:

Ivis Garcia-Zambrana, University of Utah
Kian Goh, University of California, Los Angeles
David Hsu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jenni Minner, Cornell University (2021 conference coordination)
Linda Shi, Cornell University
Brian Stone, Georgia Institute of Technology
Jan Whittington, University of Washington
Sierra Woodruff, Texas A&M University

The task force on climate action will address the existential challenge of our time. The charge for the task force is:

The Task Force on Climate Action is charged with examining the role for scholarly leadership from ACSP in climate change research and in our programs’ curricula. This task force is charged with examining how ACSP should respond to the challenge of climate change in all our Association’s activities. This includes, but is not limited to, advice on curriculum, association operations, the annual conference, administrators’ conference, workshops, and research synergies. The task force is particularly encouraged to consider and plan for a workshop on climate action research and scholarship coincident with the 2021 ACSP Annual Conference in Miami.

So many of our members are leaders in climate change, greenhouse gas mitigation and climate adaptation, and the questions of justice that are central to the climate challenge. The task force will build on that work. There are many ways you can be involved. The task force will hold a listening session as part of our 2020 Annual Conference. You can reach out directly to the task force co-chairs, and I am sure they will be reaching out to you. We are planning for opportunities as part of the 2021 annual conference, in Miami, to highlight climate action.

Planners have always prepared for a more just future. The Climate Action Task Force highlights our commitment to continue that work. Please join me in thanking the task force chairs and members for their important work.


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